South Asian Studies

Core Resources

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) 1971+

Records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide in Western languages. Includes chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, etc.

India, Raj and Empire

Digitized manuscripts from the National Library of Scotland, from the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 to the 1947 Independence of India and Pakistan.

Savifa: Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Sudasien

University of Heidelberg information gateway for South Asian Studies.

Times of India (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) 1838-2009

For the most recent years, use Newsbank.

Socio-economic statistical facts and figures for India at the national and state level.NOTE:  Click on "IP Login" to access.  One concurrent user.

Elections in India

Provides electoral information for 543 parliamentary constituencies, 4120 assembly constituencies, 640 districts, 5924 sub-districts, 7933 towns, 640930 villages and 927553 polling stations of India.

NewsBank (Access World News)

Provides full-text of many USA and international newspapers.

Center for Research Libraries - Topic Guide: South Asian Studies

Links point to more detailed descriptions in the catalog, and where available points to digital version of the content or digitized finding aids for microfilm.

Digital Library of India

Hosted by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Includes links to books, journals, newspapers, and manuscripts. Searchable by subject, language, author, title, and date.

Digital Himalaya

Multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region including texts, maps, films, music, and journals.

Digital South Asia Library

Digital materials for reference and research on South Asia: dictionaries, texts, images, maps, statistics.

South and Southeast Asian Literature

Fiction & poetry written in English by authors from South & Southeast Asia & their Diasporas. Focusing on works composed during the late-colonial & postcolonial eras, the collection will also feature author interviews & manuscript materials.

World Newspaper Archive - South Asian Newspapers

Historical newspapers include Ceylon Observer (Sri Lanka), Indian People (Allahabad), Kayasare hinda (Bombay), Leader (Allahabad), Madras Mail (Madras), Pioneer (Allahabad), and Tribune (Lahore).

Oxford Bibliographies: Buddhism

Detailed guide to Buddhism.

Oxford Bibliographies: Hinduism

Detailed guide to Hinduism.

Oxford Bibliographies: Islamic Studies

Detailed guide to Islamic studies.

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan 1947-1971

Material from the British government on the countries of South Asia from shortly before Indian partition and independence up to 1980. Includes DO 133, DO 134, FO 371 and FCO 37 files from The National Archives, Kew.

Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) 1957-1995

English-language archive of U.S. government translations of foreign scientific, technical, and social science monographs, reports, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts. Companion to Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports. 


Digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

Supplementary Resources

Centre of South Asian Studies : Film Collections

Approximately 50 individual collections totaling 80 hours of footage, mostly home movies.

Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Features films from the British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum, and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum.

Digital MPP

An initiative of Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP) to make available old and rare images. 7000 images in the first phase, divided into old and rare images, and historic ephemera.

Eighteenth Century Journals

Digital edition of journals and newspapers published between 1685-1815 in England, Scotland, Ireland, Jamaica, and British India.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports

Translation service of the U.S. Government, usually attributed to the Central Intelligence Agency. It covered political, military, economic, environmental and sociological news and commentary, as well as scientific and technical information.

G.T. Sontheimer's images from India 1950- 1992

Login as a Guest (Gast), and then search the image databases via HeidiCon. More than 22,000 slides of everyday life and rituals in India, with special focus on Maharashtra.

Harappa: Glimpses of South Asia before 1947

Illustrated pages on Ancient Indus civilization; photographs, postcards, lithographs, engravings, and film from before 1947.


Over two million images of objects, events, places, works of art, sports, and scientific pursuits, from dozens of collections such as Getty Images and the National Geographic Society. Each image includes full citation and copyright information. Rights have been cleared for education use.

India Parliament. Rajya Sabha. Parliamentary Debates, 1952-

From CRL. Holdings begin with Vol. 9, No. 1, 1955.

Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online

Lexicon of the most important languages and language branches of Indo-European, including Latin, Greek, Slavic, Proto-Celtic, Old Frisian, Armenian, Hittite, Luvian, the Iranian verb and Proto-Nostratic. (Proto-Germanic and Persian are forthcoming)

Legal Information Institute of India

Free, independent and non-profit access to 109 databases of Indian law.

Mitra Sharafi's South Asian Legal History Resource Page

Tools and resources for the historical study of law in South Asia.


Daily stock price data and detailed fundamental s data for companies in India. Both private and public companies are included. Produced by Centre for the Monitoring of the Indian Economy (CMIE). Also contains data on Ownership and governance (board composition, meetings, major stakeholders, subsidiaries etc.) and mergers & acquisitions.

Punjab Digital Library

Accumulated wisdom of the Panjab region, without distinction as to script, language, religion, nationality, or other physical condition.

SCC Online Indian Law

Extensive searchable database of Indian case law and statute law.  Contains some secondary source material and some pre-statehood material as well.  NOTE:  Must register for an account before first use.


Reservior of theses from India.

Sri Syed

Site dedicated to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan; a joint project of AMU and FAAA, USA.

Tasveer Ghar

A House of Pictures. Picture essays, periodically updated, on South Asia's popular visual sphere including posters, calendar art, pilgrimage maps and paraphernalia, cinema hoardings, advertisements, and other forms of street and bazaar art.

U.K. Parliamentary Papers

Includes the  House of Commons Parliamentary Papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688 and the House of Lords Papers from 1715-1910. Includes searchable full text and subject indexing. The Parliamentary Papers are an essential primary source for Britain, its colonies, and the wider world. They are the working documents of government for all areas of social, political, economic, and foreign policy.

World Almanac of Islamism

Designed to track the rise or decline of radical Islam on a national, regional and global level. Focuses on the nature of the contemporary Islamist threat around the world, and on the current activities of radical Islamist movements worldwide.

Subject Librarian(s)

South Asian Studies Librarian
Floor A 16H 1
Firestone Library