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South Asian studies

Liaison librarian

  • Sean [dot] Swanick [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-6787
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

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.
  • 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.
  • Index Islamicus (Brill) An excellent resource to begin researching. II covers all European languages related to Islamic studies.
  • Encyclopedia of Islam (3rd edition, Brill) Covers the Islamic world from the 20th century to the present.

Primary Sources

  • 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.

Catalogues specific to South Asian studies

  • 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 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.

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