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South Asia Studies

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Where to Start

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This guide connects you with South Asia Studies scholarly sources.


Use the General Tools and Sources below to find a variety of sources.


Use the left navigation tabs to find specific types of sources.

General Tools and Sources

These tools are recommended for finding general resources and for starting your research.

1. UC Library Search

 UC Library Search state of California logo      UC Library Search is the University of California's unified discovery and borrowing system.

Access it directly or from the Library homepage to find most UC books, articles, media, archival collections, and more.

See the UC Library Search User Guide and ask for research help 24/7 for more information.

2. A-Z Databases

A-Z Databases is the full list of UC Berkeley database subscriptions. Access it from The Library homepage. To find South Asia resources in A-Z Databases, select the subject "South Asian Studies".


3. Libraries and Departments

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.