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South Asia Studies

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This guide's purpose is to connect students with scholarly sources related to South Asia Studies. See below for general tools recommended for starting your research. Use the tabs to the left to find specific types of sources.

South Asia

Map of South Asia


Tools for Starting Your Research

These tools that will connect you with a variety of resource types to help you perform general research.

Start Your Search box

Start Your Search combines library collections, catalogs, and databases into a single search experience. 

Found on the The Library homepageStart Your Search comes with two options:

  • Basic offers a simple keyword, title, or author search.
  • Advanced offers multiple options for narrowing searches.

OskiCat logo

OskiCat is UC Berkeley's catalog. Melvyl is the University of California system catalog. To access them:

  1. Find the "Start Your Search" box on The Library homepage.
  2. Select OskiCat or Melvyl in the Search tab.

A-Z Database List logo

A-Z Databases is the full list of UC Berkeley database subscriptions. To access it:

  • Find the "Start Your Search" box on The Library homepage.
  • Select Browse All Databases in the Databases tab.


About A-Z Database Icons

  • Resources with the  UCB Access Only key icon icon are only available to UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and workstation users.
  • Resources with the Free or open access  icon are available to all users.

Other UC Berkeley South Asia Resources


Department of South and Southeast Asia logoThe Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies offers degree programs in history, religion, and cultural and textual traditions. Its faculty represent specialties in historical periods ranging from classical to modern, literature, and religious studies, performing research in India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.


Institute of South Asian Studies logoThe Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) is "one of the world's leading institutes for research and programs on South Asia, the Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) at the University of California, Berkeley works with faculty members, graduate students, community members, private institutions, and non-profit organizations to deepen understanding of the region and to create new generations of scholars of South Asia."

South/Southeast Asia LibraryLocated in Doe Library (Room 120), The South/Southeast Asia Library (S/SEAL) provides:

  • Quiet study spaces
  • Comfortable seating
  • Many electrical outlets
  • Large study tables
  • Several study carrels
  • A public computer
  • A public scanner.