Part 1    Where do I start?

The South/Southeast Asia Library, where you'll find many links to catalogs, databases and other resources, OR go to the Library Home Page

  1. For books, journal titles, video
    Under "Catalogs" choose Pathfinder
  2. For Journal articles
    Under "Indexes and Abstracts" choose: MLA, Bibliography of Asian Studies, Expanded Academic ASAP, Historical Abstracts, Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe.
Part 2   Finding Books

Searching Pathfinder, UC Berkeley Library's Online Catalog

  1. Click on Pathfinder to open a search screen
  2. Click the "Subject Keyword" button and type your search terms in the box. Think of a few words that describe your subject.

    women in the Ramayana
    arranged marriage
    V.S. Naipaul

    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.

    women in the Mahabharata>
    Women in the Mahabharata

    arranged marriage>
    India -- Social life and customs

    V.S. Naipaul>
    Naipaul, V. S. -- (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), -- 1932-

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To find primary resources first search by subject or keyword. Then click "modify" and chose "subject keyword" from the pull down menu. In the search box type one of these terms: correspondence, diaries, early works to 1800, interviews, pamphlets, periodicals, personal narratives, sources. For more info on primary resources see: Primary Sources
  6. To search for newspapers by their place of publication click "Advanced Search". Choose "ng: Geographical Access [keyword]". Type in the place name. Example: Calcutta.
  7. 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   Finding Journal Articles

Searching Expanded Academic ASAP, a database of journal articles 

  1. Open Expanded Academic ASAP from the Library homepage, "Electronic Indexes & Abstracts."
  2. Search using keywords for your subject. Example, partition india.
  3. Your search yields over 50 citations. You can add a term to limit the search further.
    Example, partition, india, literature. Another way to limit the search is to check "Limit the current search to articles with text.
  4. When you find a useful article, click on "view text and retrieval choices". Some tites have just abstracts and some have full text. You can email the abstract or text to your email account.

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 headings are rarely useful in this database.

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 worldwide.


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.

Using 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 4  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:
"Evaluating Web Pages: Why It's Important"

Some useful links for South Asia topics:

Berkeley links:

South Asia Resources
South Asian History
South Asian Diaspora Bibliographies
Environmentalism in South Asia
Human Rights in South Asia
Nuclear Issues in India & Pakistan
Social Movements in South Asia
South Asian Women's Studies
South Asia Videography


South Asian Writers

A Celebration of Women Writers

DMOZ Open Directory Project

SASIALIT: Literature of South Asia Literature and the Indian Diaspora


Refining your writing skills

Student learning center: Writing Program

College writing programs


Other resources:

BBC: South Asia Section

*profiles of each country

*links to newspapers of the region

Encyclopedia Britannica Online - UCB only

Sawnet (South Asia Women's Network)

SARAI - South Asia Resource Access on the Internet

South Asia Digital Library

Project South Asia - a digital library of teaching resources about SA for colleges & universities.

Part 5   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


Part 6   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 the complete work (if applicable), in italics; any version or file numbers; and the 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 History. 1993. (2 Aug. 1996)


For a more complete explanation see the UCB Teaching Library Guide:
Citation styles, plagiarism & style manuals.

Compiled by Suzanne McMahon. For more information, contact the South/Southeast Asia Library, 120 Doe, UC Berkeley, (510) 642-3095
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