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South Asian Studies Research Guide

Core Resources

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.
Note: Print back to 1946 at Firestone Reference (DR) & East Asian Library: (GEST) Z3001 .B49. Prior title covering 1936-40 at Gest Z3001.xB8; Cumulative bibliographies covering 1941-65 at GEST Z3001.C94 & Z3001.C93.
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.
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.
Multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region including texts, maps, films, music, and journals.
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 materials for reference and research on South Asia: dictionaries, texts, images, maps, statistics.
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.
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.
Note: Click on IP Login.
Socio-economic statistical facts and figures for India at the national and state level.
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. Content is being added in waves.
Provides full-text of many USA and international newspapers.
Detailed guide to Buddhism.
Detailed guide to Hinduism.
Detailed guide to Islamic studies.
British records and U.S. government records, mostly microform format.
University of Heidelberg information gateway for South Asian Studies.
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.
For the most recent years, use Newsbank.
Historical newspapers include Ceylon Observer (Sri Lanka), Indian People (Allahabad), Kayasare hinda (Bombay), Leader (Allahabad), Madras Mail (Madras), Pioneer (Allahabad), and Tribune (Lahore).

Important Resources

Approximately 50 individual collections totaling 80 hours of footage, mostly home movies.
Digital edition of journals and newspapers published between 1685-1815 in England, Scotland, Ireland, Jamaica, and British India.
Note: For later years see World News Connection.
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.
Image Quest    
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.
From CRL. Holdings begin with Vol. 9, No. 1, 1955.  (1790+)  
India's largest legal, tax and regulatory resource base.
Free, independent and non-profit access to 109 databases of Indian law.
Prowess  (1989+)  
Access: Social Science Reference Center. Use on Workstation 9
Note: Restricted to academic research by Princeton University faculty and students.
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.
SCC Online    
Note: Must register for an account before first use.
Extensive searchable database of Indian case law and statute law. Contains some secondary source material and some pre-statehood material as well.
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.

Related Resources

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.
Login as a Guest (Gast), and then search the Cluster's image database via HeidiCon. More than 22,000 slides of everyday life and rituals in India, with special focus on Maharashtra.
Illustrated pages on Ancient Indus civilization; photographs, postcards, lithographs, engravings, and film from before 1947.
Digital edition of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers of the 19th and 20th centuries, with searchable full text and subject indexing. The Parliamentary Papers are an essential primary source for 19th- and 20th-century Britain, its colonies, and the wider world. They are the working documents of government for all areas of social, political, economic, and foreign policy. .
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)
Tools and resources for the historical study of law in South Asia.
Accumulated wisdom of the Panjab region, without distinction as to script, language, religion, nationality, or other physical condition.
Shodhganga  (2010+)  
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.

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