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South Asian studies

A guide to South Asian books, articles, newspapers, culture, languages, diaspora, and government resources.

General resources

  • 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". Use the LC table for each language to transliterate words and phrases in the original non-Roman script when searching for library materials.
  • Bengali (Bangla)

    Bengali by Hanne-Ruth Thompson Book Cover LC Transliteration Table for Bengali

    For books about Bengali, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings:

    For books in Bengali,  look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings, or perform an advanced search and select Bengali as the language:                                                   

    Hindi

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    LC Transliteration Table for Hindi.

    For books about Hindi, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings:

    For books in Hindi, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings, or perform an advanced search and select Hindi as the language:

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    Nepali

    Historical collections

    For library books about Nepali, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings:

    For library books in Nepali, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings, or perform an advanced search and select Nepali as the language:

    Pali

    Online Pali texts and dictionaries

    For library books about Pali, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings:

    For library books in Pali,  perform an advanced search and select Pali as the language; or search under the following subject headings:

    Panjabi (Punjabi)

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    For library books about Panjabi, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings:

    For library books in Panjabi, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings, or perform an advanced search and select Panjabi as the language:

     

     

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    Tamil

    LC Transliteration Table for Tamil

    Free online resources:

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    For books about Tamil, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings:

    For books in Tamil, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings, or perform an advanced search and select Tamil as the language:

     

     

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    Tibetan

    LC Transliteration Table for Tibetan

    Online resources:

    Academic Research:

    Book coverFor books about Tibetan languages, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings:

    For books in Tibetan languages, look in the library catalogue under the following subject headings, or perform an advanced search and select Tibetan as the language:

     

                                                                                                       

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