Resources | India's Great Epics: The Mahabharata and the Ramayana
Professor Luis Gonzalez-Reimann
South Asian C142/Religious Studies C166 (Spring 2011)
Asia Library (SSEA) is located in 120 Doe Library. 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, as well as staff to
help guide you in your research project. We're open M-F 10-5 pm during the academic year. Circulating items are housed in the Main Stacks and subject specialty libraries.
A good place to start your
research is the South/Southeast Asia Library's South Asia home page.
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,
UC's systemwide online catalog (which also has an option for searching "worldwide".) 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
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:
Academic ASAP -- journal articles from both scholarly & popular magazines,
most full text.
Web of Knowledge -- scholarly journal articles,
many with links to full text.
JSTOR -- scholarly articles from a very broad range of journals in the humanities and social sciences.
of Asian Studies -- the largest database of citations for scholarly
articles in Asian studies.
South Asia Research Documentation Services 3 (SARDS3) -- a German an electronic database containing bibliographic references to South Asia research articles published in journals, collective volumes, conference proceedings.
You'll find lots of other information
online too. For instance, if you need some basic political, historical
or cultural information, try the Encyclopedia
Britannica Online or Asia Society Online.
Many other online reference sources are linked to the SSEA Library web
page. Online journals for South Asia and Religious Studies are catalogued as part of are listed on UC Berkeley's E-Journals page.
Reference books and
The electronic indexes above
give you leads to only a smallportion 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. Reference books such as The Handbook of Hindu Mythology (BL1111.4 W55 2003 SSEA) or the Encyclopaedia of Hinduism (BL1105 E52 1997 SSEA) can be very useful in your research. Don't be shy: ask our reference staff to help you locate
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, sign up for a half-hour Research Advisory Service appointment with a librarian at Doe Reference.