Reference Tools & Databases For South Asian Studies


  • Online Library Catalogs for major South Asia collections
  • ABIA: South and Southeast Asian Art and Archeology Index
    An annotated bibliographic database covering South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology; the initiative of the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, in collaboration with international scholars and Asian academic institutes. The database is fully searchable and is freely accessible. Extracts from the database are also available in the form of printed bibliographies.
  • JSTOR Plant Science - Database of South Asian Plant Species
    Searchable and browsable (by country) database of more than 10,000 South Asian plant species, with encyclopedia-like entries, full text descriptions and sources, plant images, structured metadata, etc.
  • Official Publications of India
    A searchable catalog of more than 22,000 government publications and related works of British India, encompassing the Oriental and India Office Collections of the British Library as well as the Official Publications section of the former British Museum. In addition to the British holdings, duplicate copies of the same materials have been deposited at the University of Chicago.
  • National Bibliography of Indian Languages 1901-1953 (NBIL)
    A searchable web catalog of this major bibliography of 55,992 items. The materials cataloged here are being preserved on microfilm under the Microfilming of Indian Publications Project (MIPP).
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies)
    A subscription service. Accessible only if your institution is a subscriber.
  • PL480 Microfiche Edition of Tibetan Literature: Online Search (Toyo Bunko)
    The Toyo Bunko acquired a copy of the complete fiche set of all Tibetan literature acquired or published by the US Library Congress PL480 program. A Tibetan scholar (Prof. Y. Fukuda) cataloged and indexed the complete fiche set. This is the online search screen of that index.
  • ProPoor
    This reference tool is a searchable database of "extensive information regarding NGOs across South Asia...expanding database contains relevant information regarding the activities of several thousand NGOs...[including] Organizations, Individuals, Projects, Publications, Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Newsletters, Project Reports, Success Stories, Employment Opportunities and Links to NGO sites..."