Library Resources: South and Southeast Asia
for Professor Jay Enoch's SSEA/OPTO 39 class

The South/Southeast Asia Library is in 120 Doe Library -- if you come in the south side of the Doe Library building, turn left at the security desk, and come down to the end of the hall. (Here's a map of the campus libraries.) SSEA is the campus reference center for materials on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. SSEA has a rich collection of non-circulating reference books, bibliographies, frequently used books, current newspapers and periodicals and online resources -- and staff to help guide you in your research project. We're open M-F 10-5 pm during the academic year.

A good place to start your research is the South/Southeast Asia Library home page, which includes guides to South Asia and Southeast Asian topics, as well as special resources such as our database of bibliographies on the South Asia Diaspora.

How do I find items in the Library?

If you are looking for books, periodical titles or videos held by the UC Berkeley Library, try OskiCat, UC Berkeley's online catalog. If you are looking for items held by any of the 9 UC campuses, try Melvyl, UC's systemwide online catalog. You can search by subject, title or author (among many other options). For questions about searching, see the catalog instruction page. If you find something at another campus that isn't at UCB while using Melvyl, you can ask that it be sent to Berkeley using the "request" button on the Melvyl record page, or by filling on an online InterLibrary Borrowing form.

Want to find journal articles or book chapters? The Library has hundreds of useful web-based indexes, which are accessible from UCB's Library's home page (click on Electronic Resources in the first column, then by subject, by type, or by individual title ). Many include the full text of the articles they cite. You can email the citations or actual articles to yourself, or print them out. Here are some indexes that may be especially useful to you:

Expanded Academic ASAP -- journal articles from scholarly & popular magazines, most full text.

Research Library -- journal articles from scholarly & popular magazines, most full text including graphics.

Lexis/Nexis -- citations from newspapers, magazines and trade journals, with coverage back into the early 1980s. Entirely full text, no graphics. Be sure to pick the right "news category" in the search screen -- if you are looking for mostly US sources, choose "general news"; if you want foreign newpapers, choose "world news."

Bibliography of Asian Studies -- the largest database of citations for scholarly articles in Asian studies. No full text; if you find something you are interested in, look it up on OskiCat or Melvyl to see where it is at UCB.

You'll find lots of other information online too. For instance, if you need some basic political, historical or cultural information about a country, try the Encyclopedia Britannica Online or AsiaSource. Many other online reference sources are linked to the SSEA Library web page. Online journals for South and Southeast Asia are catalogued as part of are listed on UC Berkeley's E-Journals page.

Reference books and print bibliographies

The electronic indexes above give you leads to only a portion of what's available in the Library. You can use the Library's reference collection to find more non-western sources, to narrow down a topic, or to find out specific information about topics. We have a whole assortment of items to aid your research -- from foreign periodical indexes, to key bibliographies, to historical dictionaries and chronologies. Don't be shy: ask our reference staff to help you locate materials.

How do I use the catalogs and indexes from home?

You won't be able to use the online resources above unless you set up your web browser with UCB's "proxy server." It just takes a few minutes. You can read all the instructions at the connecting from off campus link on the Libraryís home page.

How do I cite a book, journal article or web page?

There are a number of "citation style guides" you can use as models. Take a look at the style sheets for citing print and electronic resources. These document the standard citation styles for various disciplines.

If you'd like a printed guide, one of the easiest to use is Kate Turabianís A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations, many copies of which are available in the UCB Libraries for you to read or check out. Put this title in OskiCat to find out which library has a copy available.


Remember, if you have questions or need help with your research, come to the South/Southeast Asia Library in 120 Doe Library, or go to the general information desks (Doe Reference Center, 2nd floor of Main Library). Or, stop by for a half-hour same day appointment at the Research Advisory Service at Doe Reference.