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Asian Studies: India


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Encyclopedia Britannica - India

Information on the land, people, economy, administration and social conditions, cultural life, and history. 

The World Factbook - India 

Basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues.

BBC Country Profiles - India

An instant guide to the history, politics, and economic background of countries and territories.

India : A Country Study

Offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy. 

UofL Government Resource Guide - India

Our Government Resources guide provides an extensive list of articles related to politics, culture, and society

Secondary Sources

Use these databases to find articles and/or essays in scholarly journals and books.


UofL Databases


Recommended Titles:

BBC: India

The Kashmir Times

The Hindu  (Chennai, India) 

The Times of India (Mumbai, India)    

Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India)    

The Pioneer (New Delhi, India)    

Star of Mysore (India)

Early Times (Jammu and Kashmir)        

Garhwal Post (Uttarakhand, India)        

Imphal Free Press (India)

The Kashmir Observer (Jammu and Kashmir)    

Open Access

Dainik Jagaran 

Dainik Bhaskar

Malayala Manorama 

Times of India 

Hindustan Times 

Visit for a full list of Indian newspapers in English and non-English language news media in India.



India after Gandhi Revised and Updated Edition
The British in India
Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World
India, 4th Edition
Midnight's Borders
The Great Partition
A War of Empires
China's India War
Rebels, Wives, Saints
Unsettling Memories
India Since 1980
Hungry Bengal


Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India
Mapping the Pāśupata Landscape
Being Single in India
Police Matters
Brought to Life by the Voice
New Lives in Anand
The Audacious Raconteur

Primary Sources

These databases and websites provide access to digital archival materials such as manuscripts, letters, photographs, moving image and sound materials, artwork, books, diaries, and other artifacts. You can also visit our main pages for Asia and South Asia to find additional databases and resources covering broader regions.

UofL Databases

Open Access

Digital Colonial Documents

A collection of rare seminal documents which were influential in the formation of the notions of nation, state and culture during the colonial period.

Hind Swaraj

A collection of books, audio, video, images, and other materials from India, with an emphasis on the works of Mahatma Gandhi.

Indian Elections Web Archive

Websites archived during the general elections in 2009 and 2019. 

Indian Government Web Archive

Official government websites of India providing an overview of the country’s politics, economics, society, and administration at the federal and state levels. 

Indian Political and Social Issues Web Archive

News sources, online magazines, blogs, zines, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and international organizations that  provide insight on the constantly changing scene of political and social issues in India, South Asia, and diasporic communities.

Jātaka Stories

A free online searchable database of jātakas in Indian texts and art. You can browse stories by textual collection or artistic site, or explore clusters of connected stories that cross between texts and visual depictions. 

Lahore University of Management Sciences Digital Library

A research repository that focuses on events, groups, movements and personalities relating to broader historical, political and cultural trends in South Asia, with an emphasis on preserving the accounts of marginalized and subaltern groups.

Lalchand Research Library Ancient Indian Manuscript Collection

Digitized Hindu manuscripts written on palm leaves by scholars over 1,000 years ago.

The Long Emergency: Media and Democracy in India

A digital collection of oral history interviews, films, cartoons, news clippings, government documents, and court judgments related to the time of the Indian Emergency (1975-1977).

Muktabodha Indological Research Institute

Digitized texts from the religious and philosophical traditions of classical India - Śaiva Siddhanta palm-leaf manuscripts written in the Grantha script.

The Northeast India AV Archive

The Northeast India AV Archive is an audiovisual public archive at the Department of Mass Media, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, India.

People's Archive of Rural India (PARI)

A living journal and archive of published stories, reports, videos, and audios that document the lives and livelihoods of poor and everyday Indians.

Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive

Video interviews, speeches, diaries, photographs, articles, and letters produced by South Asian immigrants from the Punjab region in north India to California since the turn of the twentieth century.  


An open encyclopedic resource on the arts, cultures and histories of India. Sahapedia offers digital content in multimedia format—articles and books, photo essays and video, interviews and oral histories, maps and timelines, authored by scholars and curated by experts. 

Museum of Material Memory

A digital repository of material culture of the Indian subcontinent, tracing family history and social ethnography through heirlooms, collectibles and objects of antiquity.