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Articles & Journals

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    Best bibliographical tool for Western-language resources in Asian studies. References to books, journals, conference proceedings, etc. in the humanities and social sciences. 1949 - present.
  • International bibliography of periodical literature in the humanities and social sciences (IBZ)
    The leading interdisciplinary reference work documenting academic periodical literature in the humanities, social sciences and related fields. The spectrum of subjects covered is unrivalled: in no other database are academic journals from so many fields covered.
    Back issues of core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Authoritative index of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages from 1955 to the present.
  • PAIS International
    Journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, publications of international agencies, microfiche, & Internet material on public policy issues from 1915-present.

Reference Sources

  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Multi-volume scholarly series covering every aspect of India from ancient times to the present.
  • Digital South Asia Library
    Reference Resources; Bibliographies & Union Lists; Images; Indexes; Maps; e-Books & e-Journals; Dictionaries; and more.

Primary Sources

  • Empire Online
    60,000 images of original documents linked to essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies in five sections: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire; The Visible Empire; Religion and Empire; and Race, Class, Imperialism and Colonialism c1607-2007.
  • Foreign Office files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
    Full-text facsimiles of British government documents. 1947 – 1980, including Independence; Partition; the Nehru era; South Asian conflicts; India Pakistan Wars; independence for Bangladesh; Afghanistan and the Cold War; Emergency rule in India; and the resumption of civilian rule in Pakistan.
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports
    Created by the U.S. intelligence community for policy makers and analysts, offers foreign views and perspectives on historical events from thousands of monitored broadcasts and publications. 1974 -1996
  • India, Raj and Empire
    Full-text facsimile manuscript documents on the history of Britain's presence in South Asia, from the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 through independence for India and Pakistan in 1947.


  • IndiaStat
    India-specific, Sector-specific and State-specific sites, and comprehensive compilation of secondary level socio-economic statistical data.
  • National Portal of India
    Single window access to information and services provided by the various Indian Government entities at the Central/State/District level.
  • Digital Library of South Asia -- Statistics
    Statistical information from the colonial period through the present, available in a variety of formats.
  • UNdata
    Over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.


  • Times of India (2001 - Current)
    Searchable Website of the most widely circulated and authoritative English-language daily newspaper in India. Current issue with images, text-only content for older issues.
  • Times of India (1838-2003)
    Searchable full-page and article images of older issues.
  • World Newspaper Archive (Historical Newspapers)
    Includes Tribune (Pakistan) from 1881-1922; Ceylon [now, Sri Lanka] Observer (1864-1922); Indian People (1903-1909); Kayasare Hinda (aka Kaiser-I-Hind) from 1886-1890); Leader (1909-1922); Madras [now, Chennai] Mail (1868-1889) ; and Pioneer (1865-1903).

Law & Legal

  • vLex
    Legislation, case law, legal books and journals, forms and contracts, and other materials from a variety of jurisdictions in South Asia.

Art & Architecture

  • Wilson Art Suite
    Art journals from 1929-present, including Art Full Text, Art Index Retrospective, Avery Index (architecture).

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