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South Asian studies  

A guide to South Asian books, articles, newspapers, culture, languages, diaspora, and government resources.
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This guide will help you with your research in South Asian studies.

Remember, you can always get help from University of Toronto Libraries staff.

For guide suggestions and broken links, please contact Lana Soglasnova.


University of Toronto Centre for South Asian Studies

University of Toronto Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) is a key international hub for critical conversations across the humanities and social sciences on South Asian worlds, both inside and outside the subcontinent.

The list of CSAS publications can be found on the Treasures in Toronto page of this guide.


Other online libraries and directories

SARAI: South Asia Resource Access on the Internet (Columbia University)

Digital South Asia Library (University of Chicago)

South Asianist Information

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library (Australian National University)

  • no longer maintained as of January 2011
  • includes area resources for Sri Lanka, Tibet, and Nepal

Tibetan and Himalayan Library

Empire Online

  • interactive collection of primary sources to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society
  • manuscript, images, and full text printed material, by women and men from the European and non-European perspectives
  • sourced from leading archives around the world, including the British Library. Highly indexed

Gandhi Heritage Portal

  • a large collection of information about and works by Mahatma Gandhi

Tagore Portal: Bichitra

  • all works of Rabindranath Tagore, in Bengali and English, online
  • can be navigated in Bengali, Hindi, and English
  • created by the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur U, Calcutta

Partition Archive

Dutch Studies on South Asia, Tibet and classical Southeast Asia

  • online bibliography of Dutch scholarly activities in the field of South Asia, Tibet and classical Southeast Asia from the early 17th century up to the present

Zotero Buddhism Studies Bibliography Project

  • a comprehensive, open, online bibliography for the field of Buddhist studies, managed by H-Buddhism, the online network of scholars of Buddhism; owner: Charles Muller

Transliteration for non-roman scripts

For languages with non-roman scripts (such as Devanagari, Arabic, and others), most library materials use transliteration. Library transliteration follows "Library of Congress Romanization Tables" for each language. To search the library materials for words in these languages, use LC tables to transliterate the original non-roman script for each language, such as Bengali ; Gujarati ; Hindi ; Marathi ; Panjabi (Punjabi) ; Sinhalese ; Sanskrit and Prakrit ; Tamil ; Tibetan ; Urdu.

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The South Asian studies LibGuide was created by Judith Logan and Lana Soglasnova


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