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South Asian Studies

This South Asian Studies Research Guide is a library tool to assist scholars and students at NYU in finding useful resources (in print and online) on South Asia.


SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES is the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study of the countries of South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This South Asian Studies Research Guide is a library tool to assist scholars and students at NYU in finding useful resources (in print and online) on South Asia.

For further assistance, or to make an appointment for an individual research consultation, please contact Dr. Aruna P. Magier, South Asia Librarian. For an overview of the Library's South Asian Studies collection policy, click here.

--- see also: South Asian Diaspora Research Guide

Two men sitting at Jailsalmer Fort, Rajasthan. One is wearing an orange, red and green traditional Rajasthani turban while the other person is wearing a regular woolen hat. copyright 2006 David Magier

©2006 David Magier

South Asia Open Archives

SAOA is a free open-access resource for research and teaching -- a rich and growing curated collection of key historical and contemporary sources in arts, humanities and social sciences, from and about South Asia, in English and other languages of the region. SAOA’s collection contains hundreds of thousands of pages of books, journals, newspapers, census data, magazines, and documents, with particular focus on social & economic history, literature, women & gender, and caste & social structure. You can suggest sources to add to SAOA.

Centre for Research Libraries (CRL)

Center for Research Libraries holds strong international collections of unique research resources, including on South Asia. (NYU is a member of the CRL consortium with enhanced borrowing privileges).

- CRL Catalogue (To borrow materials from CRL, use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) link.


HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository that provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. Bibliographic and full text search are available for all volumes in HathiTrust. Public domain volumes are freely accessible to the public and can be downloaded in their entirety with authentication by persons affiliated with partner institutions. NYU Libraries is a HathiTrust partner institution"

Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI)

Do you want to know how to borrow books from NYPL and Columbia University Libraries?

"The New York Public Library and the libraries of Columbia University and New York University have launched an initiative MaRLI, to expand access and use of collections and better serve their users. MaRLI enables NYU and Columbia doctoral students, full-time faculty and librarians, and approved New York Public Library cardholders with a demonstrable research need not met by currently available resources, to borrow materials from all three institutions".

MaRLI related queries and their answers:

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South Asia at NYU

 South Asia@NYU website

"South Asian Studies at New York University is a collaboration among students and faculty in many departments and schools, hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, supported by NYU Libraries and the Institute for Public Knowledge. We are dedicated to education and research concerning regions spreading across the Silk Road and all around the Indian Ocean, which we think about in global contexts, from ancient times to the present. Our perspective on cultures, histories, economies, and polities in South Asia opens into their wider world rather than enclosing them within conventional boundaries of area studies"

 South Asian Studies Program Initiative (SASPI) website (student organization at NYU)