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Bibliothèque Nationale de France

The François Mitterrand library houses two libraries, one for the general public open from Tuesday to Saturday and one for researchers open Monday to Saturday. Tickets give you access to our reading rooms as well as to our exhibitions and cultural program. Outside of the reading rooms, some work and visiting areas are accessible free of charge.


Sudoc | Système universitaire de documentation

The « Système Universitaire de Documentation » (Sudoc) catalogue is a French collective catalogue created by Higher Educational and Research libraries and resource centres. There are nearly 13 million bibliographic records in this catalogue describing all kinds of document (books, dissertations, reviews, electronic resources, audio-visual documents, microfiches, maps, scores, manuscripts (not in Calames) and very old books.)

Sudoc also catalogues the series collections of periodicals held by around 1500 non-Higher Educational library institutions (such as Town Libraries, other resource centres, etc.)

Lastly, Sudocs mission is to list all dissertations/theses produced in France.


British Library

The national library of the United Kingdom gives access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection and provides information services to academic, business, research and scientific communities.

The British Library houses a collection of over 170 million items includes artefacts from every age of written civilisation. It is also the home of the nation’s archive of printed and digital publications, adding around three million new items to our collection every year.

Aside from books the London and Yorkshire sites have everything from newspapers to sound recordings, patents, prints and drawings, maps and manuscripts. Exhibitions

interpret these collections and bring their stories to the public.


Library of Congress, Washington

Library of Congress collections contain over 162 million books, periodicals, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources. The LC Catalog contains 17 million records describing these collections. You can search Catalog records by keyword or browse by authors/creators, subjects, names/titles, series/uniform titles, and call numbers. Browse lists also include searching aids such cross-references and scope notes.

Library of Congress cataloging dates back to 1898. The LC Catalog includes many early records (primarily for books and periodicals) created by the Library between 1898 and 1980. These records are gradually being updated to reflect contemporary language and usage. Authors/creators and subjects found on older records often contain the legend "[from old catalog]" to indicate possible deviations from current LC practices. In addition, records for some materials cataloged before 1980 are only available to researchers onsite in the Library's Main Card Catalog.

Items in the Library's special collections are generally described as aggregations or archival collections rather than individually identifying each specific item. LC Catalog records for many archival collections are linked to more detailed guides available in Finding Aids Search. Library special format materials are also discoverable via separate expert search systems (such as American Memory, Chronicling America, the Performing Arts Encyclopedia, and the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog) that are gradually being replaced by the single search available from Library of Congress Home. Databases, ejournals, and ebooks that are available to patrons onsite (including items found in fee-based online services) can be located through the E-Resources Online Catalog. Primo Central, a web-scale discovery service, offers access to articles, ebooks, and other eresources in selected subscription and free resources available at LC.


Indian Institute Library, Oxford

The mission of the Bodleian Libraries of which the Indian Institute Library is one, is to provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford; and to develop and maintain access to Oxford's unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society.

Together, the Libraries hold more than 13 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals and outstanding special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera. Members of the public can explore the collections via the Bodleian’s online image portal at or by visiting the exhibition galleries in the Bodleian’s Weston Library.

Libraries in the Bodleian Libraries group include the principal University library - the Bodleian Library - which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; as well as 27 other libraries across Oxford including major research libraries and faculty, department and institute libraries.

SOAS, London

The SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  The Library attracts scholars from all over the world to consult its holdings and further their research. The Library houses over 1.3 million volumes at the SOAS campus at Russell Square in central London, together with a major collection of archives, manuscripts, rare books and special collections, an expanding Digital Library and a growing network of electronic resources. 


Digital South Asia Library

The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users. This program builds upon a two-year pilot project funded by the Association of Research Libraries' Global Resources Program with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants in the Digital South Asia Library include leading U.S. universities, the Center for Research Libraries, the South Asia Microform Project, the Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation, the Association for Asian Studies, the Library of Congress, the Asia Society, the British Library, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, MOZHI in India, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in India, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in Nepal, and other institutions in South Asia.


Manuscript Resources For South Asian Studies of Columbia University

The Columbia University Libraries' collection includes resources in more than 450 languages and primary source materials that span over 4,000 years of human thought. The collection is comprised of 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 350 staff and hosts over 4 million physical and 20 million virtual visitors each year. A leader in strategic partnerships for shared collections, collaborative collection development, and reciprocal borrowing and use, Columbia University Libraries is a key node in a network connecting users to a boundless multitude of resources around the world.


Asian Studies Virtual Library:

Australian National University


Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Archives

The Founders of the NMML decided that the Institution should have three main constituents: a Memorial Museum, a Library on modern India, and a Centre for research in modern Indian history. The Museum at the Teen Murti House has been primarily developed as a personalia museum. The Nehru Museum informs visitors of the achievements and life of Jawaharlal Nehru and highlights the ideals cherished by him. The Library has been planned as a research library on modern and contemporary Indian history and social sciences. Its published resources acquired for the Library include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals and other documentary materials. The Library has a rich collection of material on microfilms and microfiche. The NMML Archives, besides the Jawaharlal Nehru family papers, has acquired papers of nationalist leaders of Modern India and other eminent Indians who distinguished themselves in any field. Also records of non-official organizations, associations and societies which played an important role in the development of modern India are also acquired by the NMML. The collection of private papers, which is largest in the country, continues to grow steadily with fresh acquisitions almost every month. With extensive collections of documentary films, photos and oral history interviews, it is a premier archive of 20th century India and the contemporary period.


Online Periodicals (Open Access)


American Journal of Indic Studies (AJIS)

AJISis a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Academy of Indic Studies (AAIS). AJIS publishes papers "on all aspects of Indic Studies, and their interdisciplinary studies in all of the disciplines of Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Public Affairs, and other Interdisciplinary areas including (but not limited to) Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts and Art History, Diaspora Studies, Ethical Thought, Ecological & Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History & Culture, Human Geography, India-America relations, Indic Elements & Hindu-Buddhist relations in Asia, Languages & Linguistics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics & Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Work, and Sociology."


eSocial Sciences and Humanities (eSSH)

eSSH is a peer reviewed online social sciences and humanities journal. eSSH is a part of, a long standing and reputed social sciences portal. It will publish work in all the fields of inquiry within the Social Sciences and Humanities.


History of Science in South Asia

"HSSA publishes the latest international research in the history of science in South Asia.  Submissions to HSSA are peer-reviewed by senior professionals in the history of science.  Authors are not charged any article-processing fee and authors retain the copyright of their work, releasing it under a Creative Commons BY-SA license.  HSSA provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public is the most effective way to support the growth of knowledge. "



IQAS is a forum for multidisciplinary research on current and historical topics relevant to politics, economics and society in contemporary Asia. It seeks to make the results of social science research on Asia known to a broader public beyond the circle of regional specialists and to provide a solid and informed basis for the public discourse about Asia. (...) The International Quarterly for Asian Studies is one of Germany's leading journals on Asia. Founded by Detlev Kantowsky and Alois Graf von Waldburg-Zeil in 1970."


Journal of South Asian Studies

Journal of South Asian Studies is an open access peer-reviewed international academic journal covering the study area of modern South Asia pertaining to its politics, history, literature, arts, cultural and social studies, economy and security matters, and international affairs with linkage of immediate Asian regions."


Journal of Dharma Studies: Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, and Culture

The Journal of Dharma Studies employs "theoretical and empirical methodologies for the intersubjective understanding of, and real-world applications of the conceptual resources, textual sources, and experiential practices—including ritual, social, ethical, liturgical, contemplative, or communitarian—to foster critical-constructive reflections on Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist traditions (what is now referred to as Dharma Studies)."


South Asian Review

South Asian Review is a refereed journal of the South Asian Literary Association (est. 1976), presents an international scholarly forum for the discussion and evaluation of South Asian languages, literatures, culture, and arts in postcolonial context. SAR welcomes submissions from any theoretical or critical perspective meant for an audience from various disciplines and written in clear and persuasive prose.


The South Asianist

The South Asianist is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for early-career researchers in the humanities and social sciences whose work contributes to South Asian studies. The Journal provides a platform for young scholars to present and discuss their work, meet other scholars with similar interests, and spur critical debate on the socio-economic, political, cultural and religious aspects that both define South Asia as a region and divide it into single units of analysis."


Online Texts

Sources, Classic Texts

Adi Granth, English translation of the Sikh scripture

Anvari's Divan : A Pocket Book for Akbar,  A presentation of the diminutive manuscript commissioned by Akbar the Great by Annemarie Schimmel et Stuart C. Welsh.

Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms by the Chinese Monk, Fa-Hien (A.D. 399-414) An account of travels in India and Ceylon. Translated and annotated by James Legge.

Early Annals of the English in Bengal, The early annals of the English in Bengal, being the Bengal public consultations for the first half of the eighteenth century, summarised, extracted, and edited with introductions and illustrative.   By Charles R. Wilson.  1900.

Sacontala; or, the Fatal Ring: an Indian drama, Translated from the original Sanscrit and Pracrit by Sir William Jones. [Calcutta, 1789]. [Online edition, edited and with Introductory matter by Frances Pritchett.]

The Mahavamsa : The Great Chronicle of Lanka, Mahanama, 5th century, Translated from the Pali by Wilhelm Geiger. Colombo : Government of Ceylon, Information Department. 1912.

Sacred Hindu Texts: This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language.

Resources On Tantrism organized by  Gudrun Bühnemann, Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Bhagavad Gita:

Indian History Sourcebook: Bhagavad-Gita Or Song Celestial. Translated by Sir Edwin Arnold. [Online Edition: Paul Halsell. 1998]

The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. [Online Edition: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. 1989]

The Bhagavad Gita, Translated by Ramanand Prasad, Fremont, CA: American Gita Society. 1988.


Language Methods

Dimock, Edward C. Introduction to Bengali : A Basic Course in Spoken Bengali, with emphasis upon speaking and understanding the language Honolulu: East-West Center Press 1964.

Hill, Edward C. A Primer in Telugu Characters. New Delhi: Manohar Publications, 1991.

Mishra, P. C.. A Primer in Oriya Characters. Puri Town, India: Smith Orissa Research Project [1985].

Naim, C.M.. Introductory Urdu (Volume One) [Chicago]: South Asia Language & Area Center, University of Chicago 1999.

Naim, C.M.. Introductory Urdu (Volume Two) [Chicago]: South Asia Language & Area Center, University of Chicago 1999.

Naim, C. M. ed.. Readings in Urdu: Prose and Poetry Honolulu: East-West Center Press [1965].

Pritchett, Frances W. and Khaliq Ahmad Khaliq. Urdu Meter: A Practical Handbook. Madison: University of Wisconsin, South Asian Studies. 1987.

Venugopalan, K.. A Primer in Grantha Characters St. Peter, Minn: James H. Nye 1983.


Modern Literature Texts

Kipling, Rudyard. Plain Tales From the Hills. [Online Edition: Project Gutenberg, 1999, published via netLibrary.]

Ruswa, Mirza Mohammad Hadi. Umraʾo Jan Ada Lakhna'u: Munshi Gulab Singh aind sanz Pres, [1899] [Online edition: Columbia University Libraries, 2007].

Tagore, Rabindranath, Fruit-Gathering (translated into English by the author). London: Macmillan. 1916. (Online edition by Project Gutenberg).

Tagore, Rabindranath, The Home and the World (translated into English by Surendranath Tagore). London: Macmillan. 1919. (Online edition by Eldritch Press)

Zide, Norman H. A Premchand reader. Honolulu: East-West Center Press. 1965. [Online Edition: Chicago: Digital South Asia Library].


Various Studies (History, Anthropology, Religion, Art and Culture)

Anthropology, Sociology  

Alter, Joseph S, The Wrestler's Body: Identity and Ideology in North India, University of California Press, 1992

Cohen, Lawrence, No Aging in India: Alzheimer's, the Bad Family, and Other Modern Things , University of California Press, 1998

Fürer-Haimendorf, Christoph von, Tribes of India: The Struggle for Survival, University of California Press, 1982

Harlan, Lindsey, Religion and Rajput Women: The Ethic of Protection in Contemporary Narratives, University of California Press, 1991

Lamb, Sarah, White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender, and Body in North India, University of California Press, 2000

Lynch, Owen M., Divine Passions: The Social Construction of Emotion in India, University of California Press, 1990

McDuie-Ra Duncan, Borderland City in New India : Frontier to Gateway, Amsterdam University Press, 2016. [OAPEN Library. Licence Creative Commons]

McDuie-Ra Duncan, Northeast Migrants in Delhi : Race, Refuge and Retail, Amsterdam University Press, 2012. [OAPEN Library. Licence Creative Commons]

Mines, Mattison, Public Faces, Private Voices: Community and Individuality in South India, University of California Press,  1994

Oonk, Gijsbert, Global Indian Diasporas : Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory, Amsterdam University Press, 2007. [OAPEN Library. Licence Creative Commons]

Raheja, Gloria Goodwin, Listen to the Heron's Words: Reimagining Gender and Kinship in North India, University of California Press,  1994

Roncaglia, Sara, Feeding the City : Work and Food Culture of the Mumbai Dabbawalas, Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2013.

Roy, Beth, Some Trouble with Cows: Making Sense of Social Conflict, University of California Press,  1994

Roy, Parama, Indian Traffic: Identities in Question in Colonial and Postcolonial India, University of California Press, 1998 

Winkelman, Marieke, From Behind the Curtain : A Study of a Girls' Madrasa in India Amsterdam University Press, 2005. [OAPEN Library. Licence Creative Commons]



Biedermann, Zoltan, Strathern, Alan (eds), Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History, UCL Press, 2017

Burton, Antoinette M, At the Heart of the Empire: Indians and the Colonial Encounter in Late-Victorian Britain, University of California Press,  1998

Eaton, Richard Maxwell, The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760,  University of California Press, 1993

Freitag, Sandria B, Culture and Power in Banaras: Community, Performance, and Environment, 1800-1980,  University of California Press,  1989

Irschick, Eugene F, Dialogue and History: Constructing South India, 1795-1895, University of California Press,  1994

Kennedy, Dane Keith, The Magic Mountains: Hill Stations and the British Raj, University of California Press,  1996

Marriott, John, The Other Empire: Metropolis, India and Progress in the Colonial Imagination, Manchester University Press, 2003. [OAPEN Library. Licence Creative Commons]

Niemeijer A., The Khilafat Movement in India: 1919-1924, Brill, 1972. [OAPEN Library. Licence Creative Commons]

Pinch, William R, Peasants and Monks in British India, University of California Press, 1996

Rudner, David West, Caste and Capitalism in Colonial India: the Nattukottai Chettiars, University of California Press,  1994

Ramaswamy, Sumathi, Passions of the Tongue: Language Devotion in Tamil India, 1891-1970, University of California Press,  1997.

Vergiani, Vincenzo, Cuneo, Daniele, Formigatti, Camillo Alessio ed., Indic Manuscript Cultures Through the Ages : Material, Textual, and Historical Investigations, De Gruyter, 2017.

Yang, Anand A, Bazaar India: Markets, Society, and the Colonial State in Gangetic Bihar, University of California Press,  1999 



Babb, Lawrence A. Absent Lord : Ascetics and Kings in a Jain Ritual Culture, University of California Press, Berkeley , 1996   No free online link

Cole, Juan Ricardo, Roots of North Indian Shīʿism in Iran and Iraq: Religion and State in Awadh, 1722-1859, University of California Press,  1989

De Simini, Florinda, Of Gods and Books: Ritual and Knowledge Transmission in the Manuscript Cultures of Premodern India, De Gruyter, 2016

Jani, Jaydev A., Schreiner, Peter,  The Satsaṅgijīvanam by Śatānanda :The Life and Teachings of Swaminarayana. An English Summary of Contents with Index, CrossAsia e-Books, 2017

Masilamani-Meyer, Eveline, Guardians of Tamilnadu: Folk Deities, Folk Religion, Hindu Themes, CrossAsia e-Books, 2018

Nasr, Seyyed Vali Reza, The Vanguard of the Islamic Revolution: The Jamaʿat-i Islami of Pakistan, University of California Press,  1994

Sweetman, Will, Mapping Hinduism: "Hinduism" and the Study of Indian Religions, 1600-1776, CrossAsia e-books, 2018


Cultural Studies

Blackburn, Stuart H, Inside the Drama-house: Rama Stories and Shadow Puppets in South India, University of California Press,  1996

Hansen, Kathryn, Grounds for Play: the Nauṭaṅkī Theatre of North India, University of California Press,  1991

King, Christopher R., One Language, Two Scripts: The Hindi Movement in Nineteenth Century North India, Oxford University Press, 1994

Kramrisch, Stella, Painted Delight,  Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1986.

Lutgendorf, Philip, The Life of a Text: Performing the Rāmcaritmānas of Tulsidas, University of California Press,  1991

Nath, Madhu Natisar, A Carnival of Parting: The Tales of King Bharthari and King Gopi Chand as Sung and Told by Madhu Natisar Nath of Ghatiyali, Rajasthan, University of California Press,  1993 

Orsini, Francesca and Butler Schofield, Katherine (eds.), Tellings and Texts: Music, Literature and Performance Cultures in North India. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2015

Pritchett, Frances W., Nets of Awareness: Urdu Poetry and its Critics, University of California Press,  1994

Richman, Paula, Many Rāmāyaṇas: The Diversity of a Narrative Tradition in South Asia, University of California Press, 1991 

Williams, Joanna Gottfried, The Two-Headed Deer: Illustrations of the Rāmāyaṇa in Orissa, University of California Press,  1996 


Geography, Demography, Urbanism

Joshi, Harit et Viguier, Anne (dir.), Ville et fleuve en Asie du Sud: regards croisés, Presses de l'Inalco, 2016. 

Lardinois, Roland, avec Vignesh Illavarasam, P., Le secteur des TIC en Inde: sociographie du monde de l'informatique, Les Etudes de l'emploi cadre, 2014.



Online Museums

Virtual Collection of Masterpieces – A virtual museum bringing together more than 1200 Asian masterpieces, preserved in 62 museums in 26 countries in Europe and Asia.m

Virtual Museums / Ministry of Culture - Portal of the Indian National Museums


Image Galleries, Photos, Virtual Exhibitions

Going Global in Mughal India - A Digital Muraqqa’ (Curator : Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor of History and International Comparative Studies at Duke University)

Indian Miniatures and Paintings - Virtual Gallery of Indian Miniatures and Paintings of the National Library in France Indian Memory Project : Visual & Oral history of the Indian Subcontinent via family archives


Google Art Projects

Wonders of India

Wonders of Pakistan







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Le Centre d'études sud-asiatiques et himalayennes (Cesah), nouveau laboratoire de recherche (EHESS/CNRS) sur le Campus Condorcet

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