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Sources for background information
- Bibliography of Asian Studies Indexes articles and book chapters, including many South Asian publications not covered by other databases. Browse journal lists to see the time periods covered.
- Digital Library of India The main objective of DLI is to capture all electronic books in in India in plethora of languages. There are many books available and free to download.
- Project Muse A subject searchable index of the Johns Hopkins University Press Journals on-line with Project Muse. Retrieves more than 5000 full text articles.
- JSTOR A subject searchable index of journals on-line with JSTOR. Retrieves full-text back files of scholarly journals, some of which date back to the 1800's. Does not include articles more recent than five years ago.
- Academic Search Complete (Ebsco)
Scholarly and general interest sources in business, medicine, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.
- Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography Contains citations to critical works on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
- South Asia Research Documentation Services 3 (SARDS3) SARDS3 is an electronic database containing bibliographic references to South Asia research articles published in journals, collective volumes, conference proceedings, Festschriften, etc.
- SAVIFA (University of Heidelberg) An information gateway for South Asia Studies, which offers you a comprehensive access to professionally selected and annotated internet resources as well as other scientific information.
- Historical Abstracts (Ebsco) Covers a broad range of topics including references to South Asian studies.
- Index Islamicus (Brill) An excellent resource to begin researching. II covers all European languages related to Islamic studies.
- Encyclopedia of Islam (2nd edition, Brill) Covers the Islamic world up to, roughly the 20th century.
- Encyclopedia of Islam (3rd edition, Brill) Covers the Islamic world from the 20th century to the present.
- India, Raj & Empire (Adam Matthew)
Drawing upon the wonderfully rich and diverse manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland this resource will be of great value to all those teaching or researching into the History of South Asia between the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 and the granting of independence to India and Pakistan in 1947.
- In the First Person : Index to Letters, Diaries, Oral Histories and Other Personal Narratives 1500-Present Indexes more than 2,500 collections of oral history from around the world and will eventually cover letters, diaries, autobiographies and other first person accounts. Performs in-depth searching of materials available on the web and in Alexander Street Press databases. Coverage spans from the Protestant Reformation to the 2003 war in Iraq.
Catalogues specific to South Asian studies
- Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Catalog CRL is a consortium of North American Universities, colleges and independent research libraries.
- Library of Congress Catalog LoC has one of the largest and richest collections of South Asian materials.
- Catalog of the Roja Muthiah Research Library (RMRL) The Roja Muthiah Research Library (RMRL), founded in 1994, exists to provide research materials and facilities for students of Tamil studies in a variety of fields spanning the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
- British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections The collections of the India Office Library and Records reflect the territorial interests and activities of the East India Company and the India Office, and include literature and documents on India, Pakistan, Burma, Bangladesh and neighbouring countries, Iran and the Gulf states, South Africa, St. Helena, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China and Japan.
- South Asia Union Catalog The South Asia Union Catalogue is an historical bibliography describing books and periodicals published in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, colonial Burma, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka from 1556 through the present and a union catalogue of holdings.
- South Asia Library Consortia (University of Chicago) Contains a number of excellent sites and resources pertaining to South Asian studies including bibliographies, indexes, etc.
- Digital South Asia Library (University of Chicago) Perhaps the most valuable and important website for South Asian studies, it contains numerous free dictionaries, images, indexes, statistics, etc.
- South Asian Periodicals Index (University of Wisconsin - Madison) The South Asian Periodicals Index provides bibliographic citations to the extensive periodical literature published in and about South Asia. An ever growing resource, the South Asian Periodicals Index strives to be inclusive in terms of subject matter, geographic heritage and linguistic origin.
Selected internet sites
- South Asian Media
- Internet Resources for South Asia (Prepared by UC Berkley)
- Hindi-Urdu Flagship at the University of Texas at Austin
- Ottoman South East Asia: Islam, Trade and Politics across the Indian Ocean
- Perso-Indica: An Analytical Survey on Persian Works on Indian Learned Traditions
- Center for South Asia: University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Centre for Research Libraries: South Asia Microforms Project (SAMP)
- South Asia study resources compiled by Frances Pritchett (Columbia)
- Center for Language Engineering language resources
- Indo-Persian Literature (Boston University)
- Internet Sacred Texts Archive
- Balochistan Archives
- The Balkh Art and Cultural Heritage Project
- Farsi Look Up
- Francis Joseph Steingass’ Persian Dictionary Online
- Sulayman Hayyim’ Persian Dictionary Online
- Loghat nameh-ye Dehkhoda
- Farsi 123
- Center for Language Engineering (Urdu-Urdu dictionary)
- John T. Platts’ Urdu Dictionary Online
- John Shakespear’s Urdu Dictionary Online
- Urdu Dictionary (powered by Mediawiki)
- Urdu English Dictionary
- Lexilogos multilingual keyboard
- Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library
- Noor Microfilm Center India
- Persian literature in translation. The Packard Humanities Institute.
- Library of Congress Classification System
- Library of Congress Transliteration tables
- International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) transliteration guide
- Conversion between Gregorian and Hijri calendars
- Conversion between Gregorian and Shamsi calendars
- Access to Middle East and Islamic Resources (AMIR) Blog
- Pakistan Research Repository
- DART-Europe e-these portal
- British Library EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)
- Islamic Studies Theses, McGill University, 1952-2006