Part 1 Where do I start?
1. Go to the Library Home Page
Books, journal titles, video > Under "Catalogs" choose Pathfinder
Journal articles > Under "Indexes and Abstracts" choose, Bibliography
of Asian Studies, MAGS, Expanded Academic ASAP, MLA
2. Think of a few words that describe your subject.
Part 2 Finding books: Pathfinder
Click on Pathfinder to open a search screen
- Click the "Subject Keyword" button and type your search
terms in the box. Click "submit search".
Look at the result. Click on a title that interests you and look at the subject
headings. Subject headings may be different from the keywords you've chosen.
Click on a subject heading to find more book titles on the same subject.
India -- History -- Partition, 1947.
India -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Decolonization in literature.
- Try the same search terms in a title keyword search. Note the difference
in your search results. Some topics produce a better result with a subject
search and some with a title word search, so try both.
- To find books by an author click "Personal Author Phrase" and
type the authors name in the search box. Example: Pritam, Amrita. To
find books about an author click "Subject Keyword" and type the
author's name in the search box.
- To find primary resources first search by subject or keyword. Then click
"modify" and chose "subject keyword" from the pull
down menu. Type "sources" in the search box.
- To search for newspapers by their place of publication click "Advanced Search". Choose "ng: Geographical Access [keyword]".
Type in the place name. Example: Calcutta.
- You can email a citation to your email address. Click "save" beside
the record(s) you want to email. Click "Show Saved". Enter you email
address and click "email".
Part 3 Using Expanded Academic ASAP, a database of articles
- Open Expanded Academic ASAP from the Library homepage www.lib.berkeley.edu
Electronic Indexes & Abstracts.
- Search using keywords for your subject. Example, partition india.
- Your search yields over 50 citations. You can add a term to limit the search
Example, partition, india, literature. Another way to limit the search
is to check "Limit the current search to articles with text.
- When you find a useful article, click on "view text and retrieval choices".
You can email the citiation or text to your email account. Part 4 Other "Electronic
Indexes & Abstracts"
Part 4: Other "Electronic Indexes & Abstracts"
Bibliography of Asian Studies
The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains more than 519,000 records
on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to
East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.
*Remember!!! Use only one word in each search box.
*You can qualify your search by country if you scroll to the bottom of
the search page.
*The subject heading are rarely useful.
- Historical Abstracts
- Historical Abstracts is a bibliographic database containing citations
to articles on the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding
the United States and Canada, which are covered in the bibliographic database
America: History and Life). The database comprises over half a million
bibliographic entries and covers over 2,000 journals published worldwide.
All abstracts are written in English. In addition to including the key
historical journals from virtually every major country, Historical Abstracts
includes a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences
and humanities. Historical Abstracts includes approximately 3,000 citations
to historical book reviews and citations to abstracts of dissertations
- Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe
- LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe is one of the single largest web-based
databases for current worldwide news and information. Academic Universe
supports a broad range of interdisciplinary research. The database contains
full text and abstracts of news, business, and legal information
and provides full-text access to nearly 6,000 individual titles. Users
can search foreign and domestic newspapers and wire services; radio and
television transcripts; and business, medical, industry, and legislative
magazines, journals, and newsletters. There is wide geographic coverage
and a translations from foreign-language sources, as well as news services
like Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France Press, and Xinhua (New China)
News Agency. The database is updated daily for most newspapers and even
hourly for some wire services and media transcripts.
MLA [Modern Language Association International Bibliography]
- MLA [Modern Language Association International Bibliography of Modern
Languages and Literatures] includes international coverage of materials
in the areas of literature, languages, linguistics, drama, and folklore.
The database contains over 1 million citations from over 4,000 journals,
series, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations,
and bibliographies. Coverage includes 1963 - present.
Part 5: Using the Internet
For some topics, especially current events, you may search the Internet
for sources, but you'll need to evaluate the source of the information much
more carefully than you would a published book or article from a scholarly
source. If you use sources from the Internet, be sure you know who produced
it, what their credentials are, what their point of view or bias is. Resources
from know publishers, online versions of known titles, and university pages
are usually reliable. Look carefully at personal pages, pages from religious
groups, and pages selling products. Here's a good tool for learning more
about evaluating all your sources:
Web Pages: Why It's Important"
Some useful links for South Asia topics:
South Asia (miscellaneous)
South Asia Resource Access on the Internet
South Asia Digital Library
Manas - India and its neighbors
Ludden's homepage - click on "my writing" and choose from "Essays"
Encyclopedia Britannica Online - UCB
Asia Library' homepage, India
Media Resources Center homepage, Books on the Indian film industry
South Asia Section
*profiles of each country
*links to newspapers of the region
South Asian Writers
Celebration of Women Writers
Open Directory Project
Writer's Photo Gallery
Refining your writing skills
learning center: Writing Program
Harrapa: SA before
1947 (Mark Kenoyer) - click on "site map"
South Asia - a digital library of teaching
resources about SA for colleges & universities
How to Cite an Electronic Source
In your research paper, to cite files from WWW (or other electronic sources),
provide the information you would normally give from a print, give the author's
name, last name first
(if known); the full title of the work, in quotation marks; the title of
complete work (if applicable), in italics; any version or file numbers;
date of the document or last revision (if available). Next, list the protocol
(e.g., "http") and the full URL, followed by the date of access in parentheses
Burka, Lauren P. "A Hypertext History of Multi-User Dimensions." MUD
(2 Aug. 1996)
For a more complete explanation see the UCB Teaching Library Guide:
styles, plagiarism & style manuals.
Part 6: Printed Reference Sources (selected)
General reference works
The Cambridge encyclopedia of India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Cambridge [England]
; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
SSEA: DS334.9 .C36 1989 REF
Patterson, Maureen L. P. , South Asian civilizations
: a bibliographic synthesis / Maureen L.P. Patterson, in collaboration
with William J. Alspaugh. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1981.
S/SE Asia DS339.A12.P37 REF
Circ. note: Non-Circulating
The place to find good pre-1980 English language
monographs on just about any South Asian topic you can imagine. The table
of contents is 83 pages long and comprehensive outline of the history
of the subcontinent. If other searches are yielding anything take a look
here for clues (does that personality you're trying to find spell their
name Mukerji; Mukherji; Mookerji; or, Mookerjee?).
Guide to Indian periodical literature.
Gurgaon, Indian Documentation Service [etc.]
S/SE Asia AJ3.G9 REF
Library has: BOUND 1(1964)-
Reference works on literature
Datta, Amaresh, ed., Encyclopaedia of Indian
literature. New Delhi : Sahitya Akademi, 1987-c1992.
S/SE Asia PK2902.E53 1987 REF
Library has: v.1-5 (A-Zorgot) (1987-c1992)
Nataranjan, Nalini, ed., Handbook of twentieth-century
literatures of India. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996.
S/SE Asia PK5416.H27 1996 REF
Compiled by Suzanne McMahon.