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Subject Librarian:

David Faust

This subject covers: the study of India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Tibet and Afghanistan.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains nearly 900,000 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.

The most important 100+ periodicals in Asian Studies or on Asia as identified by the BAS staff are indexed as soon as they are published for immediate inclusion in BAS. The total number of indexed journals is many times that amount. Selected Asia-related citations from many other journals are also included when applicable. In addition, various special projects have contributed numbers of additional records to the database (among them journals on Southeast Asia dating as far back as 1779).

BAS also includes citations to Western-language chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, Festschriften, and more.

Index Islamicus indexes worldwide literature in European languages on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Periodicals devoted solely to the fields of Islam are indexed completely. Other journals are indexed only for articles on Islamic subjects.

Find full text articles in academic journals or books on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides articles from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases the latest several years may not be available.

Scholarly articles from Sage journals in the social sciences and humanities, the life sciences, biomedical sciences, neuroscience, pharmacology, engineering, and material sciences.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Full text articles and transcripts from news sources, business magazines, and websites with international and foreign language coverage. Includes daily newspapers, television transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

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If you can't find something online, all is not lost! Come to the Ames Library and look at this excellent index to Indian journals.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
ProQuest Newsstand provides indexing and abstracting for 150 full-text titles, plus another 200 regional news sources. Full-text titles include a few South Asian publications, as well as many US and international ones.

An online resource of news from around the world, obtained from newspaper articles, television and radio broadcasts, online sources, conference proceedings, periodicals, and non-classified reports. NOTE: This resource has been discontinued and is now an archive of world news between 1995 and 2013.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Bibliography comprising annotated entries on works dealing with India's history, geography, economy and politics; and with its people, their culture, customs, religion and social organization. Attention is also paid to current living conditions"”housing, education, newspapers, clothing, etc."”that are all too often ignored in standard bibliographies; and to those particular aspects relevant to individual countries.

SARDS 2 is an electronic database containing bibliographic references to South Asia research articles published in journals, collective volumes, conference proceedings, Festschriften, etc. The focus of SARDS 2 is on the humanities and social sciences. To date, over 67.000 citations are electronically searchable, covering the period from 1797 until 2006. All entries can be downloaded and easily printed.


You can not only search the catalog, but access web pages and thousands of images.

Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

See historical maps online, including The Historical Atlas of South Asia, by Joseph Schwartzberg

A digitized version of this classic atlas is online and hard copies are available in the Ames Library.

The University of Texas at Austin hosts this well-organized directory of maps (worldwide coverage) directly viewable on the web as .jpeg files. Most are reference maps produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and therefore carry no copyright. Privately produced maps are made available via links. Note that many of the images are too large to be printed on letter-sized paper.

The mission of the UC Atlas of Inequality is to provide online teaching resources and tools to enable student exploration of global change. Aspects of 21st Century global integration and inequality present great challenges to university teaching. The UC Atlas of Global Inequality attempts to address these challenges using the Internet, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and new graphical capabilities of digital media to enhance learning in Geography, Sociology, Economics, Health, Technology and Environmental Studies. The Atlas integrates data, maps, and graphs to create an interactive website for accessing and analyzing information addressing global change and inequality.

Country Studies

Issued by the US Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, these electronically accessible publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states and other territories. The Background Notes are updated and/or revised as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus and are added to the database of this Department of State website.

Paper copies of earlier editions are available in the Government Publications Library in Wilson.

Provides a standard set of facts for all countries of the world.

Clicking this link downloads a searchable pdf version of the entire 1200+ page 2010 edition book - more recent print editions are available in the Ames Library. This is an annual compendium of information and statistics on a wide variety of themes.

The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.


A four-volume survey of the history, cultures, geography and religions of India from ancient times to the present day. Includes more than 600 entries, arranged alphabetically. For students and general readers.

"The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day."


This guide serves as an index to the DS 412 and 413 (Travel accounts) section of the Ames Library of South Asia for those works which have separately identified chapters or sections dealing with a particular city. Since most travelers to South Asia visited Agra, Benares, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, and Madras, which makes such accounts extremely easily accessible, accounts of these six cities are not provided in this guide. However accounts of Benares which were not written in English have been included.

A searchable illustrated database of writings by or about women in pre-independence India.

Internet Resources


Gateways & Megasites

A project to develop digital collection, storage and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region -- collections include * Census of Nepal 2001 * Fürer-Haimendorf Film Collection * Films * Journals * Maps * Music * Naga Videodisc * Rare Books & Manuscripts * Thak Archive * Thangmi Archive * Williamson Collection * Wutu Collection

" The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users. This project builds upon a two-year pilot project funded by the Association of Research Libraries' Global Resources Program with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants in the Digital South Asia Library include leading U.S. universities, the Center for Research Libraries, the South Asia Microform Project, the Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation, the Association for Asian Studies, the Library of Congress, the Asia Society, the British Library, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, MOZHI in India, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in India, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in Nepal, and other institutions in South Asia."

The India Environment Portal is initiated and managed by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) promoted by the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), Government of India. The India Environment Portal is seeks to be a one-stop shop of all that you want to know about environment and development issues. The India Environment Portal employs a unique and built thesaurus of environmental and geographic terms. Each topic is classified and sub-classified.

The India Water Portal is an open, inclusive, web-based platform for sharing water management knowledge amongst practitioners and the general public. It aims to draw on the rich experience of water-sector experts, package their knowledge and add value to it through technology and then disseminate it to a larger audience through the internet.

OMuRAA identifies online visual resources -- including collections databases, digital image libraries, archived websites of special exhibitions, online presentations of focused collections, and websites for teaching with and about art -- and indexes them in ways that are familiar to teachers and students in world history, world literature, and general art courses.

Web Sites

The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research institute based in Kabul. AREU research publications on themes related to governance, development, gender, etc. are available here.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

Database of images digitized from the rare book collection of the Ames Library of South Asia -- Images include peoples of South Asia, historical maps, landscapes, monuments, infrastructure projects (such as canals & railroads), and the Quetta earthquake of 1935. Also includes a collection of 103 stereoscopic views of India from around 1900.

Created by UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library provides free online access to world cultural treasures. Includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings from a variety of countries.

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

News Sources

Aggregates current India news from many sources.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

The most significant digital collection of British historic newspapers. New conservation and imaging techniques and a new cross-searchable platform adopted by the British Library offers unparalleled access and discoverability to this valuable historical and cultural archive. In addition one will find specially commissioned essays and contextual materials written by expert scholars intended to help non-specialist users with perspective and analysis.

Chiefly through the archives of the East India Company and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, the British Online Archives has a wealth of primary material relating to Britain's global presence from the eighteenth century onwards in countries such as colonial America, South America, India, parts of Africa, Australia and New Zealand. In particular relating to India, the British Online Archives has records with regard to British rule between the mid-eighteenth century until the turn of the twentieth. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on slavery which includes the infamous Triangular Trade.

Access to a unique collection of India Office Records from the British Library, London. Containing royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expeditions, among other document types, this resource charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1600 to 1947.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. ECCO is a comprehensive digital edition of /The Eighteenth Century/, the world's largest library of the printed book on microfilm. ECCO allows full-text searching of over 180,000 titles English-language titles and editions -- in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. It includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more.

National Library of Scotland collection documenting the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 to the granting of independence for India and Pakistan in 1947. The sources range from the papers of key East India Company representatives and colonial officials to records of daily life in Agra, Bombay, Lahore, and Madras.

Digital archive of 48 nineteenth century British newspapers. This online collection includes national and regional newspapers including those from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also included in the collection.

Digital archive covering British news media from 1757-1817. The archive contains about 700 newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney. The contents were published mostly in London, and some were published in English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

South Asian Newspapers includes searchable 19th and 20th century newspapers from South Asia. Featuring titles from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Covers late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of the World News Archive collection.

Digital archive of the Times of India (1838-2007). An additional year of content is added annually.The titles included under this heading are: Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce (1839-1859) and the Bombay Times and Standard (1861-1861). Part of Proquest Historical Newspapers.

Government Documents

Encompasses all areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, showing how issues were explored and legislation was formed. Includes House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. Includes Records of proceedings, the Debates (Hansard), and the House of Commons journal; Sessional papers providing information to parliament on matters of policy and administration: Bills, House papers, and Command papers. Also includes those Papers of the House of Lords presented to the Commons, such as reports prepared by Lords Select Committees.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Provides access to Indian government websites at all levels and from all sectors.

The Union Budget provides insight into the Government of India's spending priorities. The Economic Survey is the government's perspective on the economy. Both are available as full-text .pdf files for the current and previous years.

This Government of India portal provides links to the websites of different departments, ministries, and state governments in India. Many of their important reports, publications, and documents are now available online.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

Provides a range of official socio-economic statistics.

Provides a wide range of official socio-economic statistics

The Census of India site provides not only statistics, but maps. The Ames Library of South Asia also holds many volumes of the Census of India.

Consolidated site for finding many Government of India data sources.

Provides a wide range of official socio-economic statistics.

Provides a wide range of official socio-economic statistics via the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS), Population Census Organization (PCO) or Agricultural Census Organization (ACO).

Provides a wide range of official socio-economic statistics.

This site collects data from various official sources on 75 indicators for 37 countries in the Asia-Pacific, beginning in 1990. Updated throughout the year, the database allows users to free access to data, which they can view online, or they can download data sets to their computers for individual use.

This database provides international statistics on all major social and economic subjects. You can enter the name of a country in the search box to get started.

Central reference point for tables and maps made available on the Internet by the World Bank. Also includes information on methods, modelling tools and technical assistance for users of World Bank statistics.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Free web-based bibliographic citation software developed for Firefox browsers that is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. See the brief tutorials for Getting Started.

Writing Guides

Provides writing help for students at all stages of the writing process.

Quick writing help from the Center for Writing. Info about references & citations, the writing process, style & grammar, punctuation, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

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