Resources for Your Research

Here you will find a compilation of relevant library catalogues, article databases and bibliographies for research in the fields of South Asian studies and Indology. The list of resources is constantly updated and supplemented with new data sources.

Library Catalogues

  • HEIDI: The CATS library's holdings in Asian Studies are listed in the Heidelberg online catalogue HEIDI. External users can order monographs from the catalogue via the document delivery service Subito or the "Blaue Leihverkehr" interlibrary loan service.
  • K10plus: The K10plus union catalogue is the freely accessible section of the union database K10plus. The catalogue contains ownership records of books, journals, articles, congress reports, microforms, electronic documents, data carriers, music and maps. Important libraries with South Asian studies and Indology holdings are connected to the K10plus union catalogue, such as Heidelberg University Library, CATS library, Tübingen University Library, SUB Göttingen and the Berlin State Library.
  • CrossAsia Search: The CrossAsia Search offers two complementary search spaces: The first search space with more than 100 million bibliographic records refers to all materials that can be borrowed via CrossAsia either analogue (e.g. via the Blaue Leihverkehr Loan) or downloaded electronically via direct access to the licensed electronic document. Relevant bibliographic data from providers and libraries - including the CATS Library's South Asia collection - is continuously integrated into this search index. The second search space offers an extension to national and subject-relevant international catalogues and databases such as the German Verbünde, COPAC with its record of most British Asian collections or other European and Asian collections and databases.

Article Databases

  • Online Contents South Asia: The database OLC South Asia indexes tables of contents of subject-relevant journals. At present, more than 290 journals are evaluated, generally from the year of publication 1993 onwards. Thus, the database currently contains approx. 269,000 articles and reviews from the subject area of South Asia. An overview of the journals evaluated can be found here: List of journals.
  • Online Contents Asia and North Africa: The database OLC Asia and North Africa is a section of the Online Contents database relating to the regions of East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and South Asia. It offers access to over 651,700 articles and reviews from currently 637 evaluated journals, many of them retrospectively from the year of publication 1993 onwards. An overview of the evaluated journals can be found here: List of journals.
  •  SARDS 3: SARDS3 is a bibliographic database with references to articles from journals, anthologies, conference proceedings and Festschriften. The focus of SARDS3 is on the humanities and social sciences. So far, more than 93,000 references are searchable electronically, covering the period from 1797 to 2000.

Digital Libraries

  • BASE: BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) is one of the world's largest search engines for academic web documents. The index includes over 300 million documents from more than 9,000 data providers. The full texts of more than half of the indexed documents are available in open access.
  • FID4SA-Repository: The full-text server of the Specialised Information Service South Asia - FID4SA offers researchers worldwide the opportunity to publish their texts in electronic form free of charge in the sense of open access. All types of publications (e.g. monographs, articles, lectures) from the field of South Asian Studies and Indology can be archived at FID4SA-Repository.
  • Open Research Library: The OA platform was initiated by the service provider Knowledge Unlatched (KU) together with BiblioLabs and aims to bundle all available OA books under one search and hosting interface. In addition to monographs and anthologies, journals, videos and posters - also from South Asian studies - are included.
  • South Asian Ephemera: The South Asian Ephemera Collection is an open-access repository of "grey literature" from South Asia, covering a wide range of topics and languages. The collection consists primarily of contemporary ephemera and items from the second half of the 20th century. Common genres in the collection include brochures, leaflets and pamphlets.
  • South Asian Newspapers: The collection of South Asian newspapers contains articles dating back to the 1850s. It documents conflicts, contemporary perspectives on independence movements, early statehood and the extensive economic and social growth that occurred in the region during this period. The contents of South Asian Newspapers cover several countries and languages of South Asia.

Specialized Bibliographies

  • Naval Kishore Press Bibliography: The bibliography serves as a central reference tool for books and journals published by the North Indian publishing house Naval Kishore Press, founded in 1858. The aim of the bibliography is to facilitate access to works of the publishing house that are distributed in library collections worldwide. Some of the approx. 3,600 entries refer to digitised, freely accessible editions.
  • Odisha Bibliography: The Odisha Bibliography provides a targeted, topic-focused reference to research literature on the history, culture, religion and politics of the Indian state of Odisha/Orissa. It currently contains approx. 4,500 bibliographic entries, starting with the reporting period 1980 and is continuously supplemented by further entries. In addition to monographs and journal articles, the bibliography also contains links to electronic, freely accessible documents.
  • RelBib: RelBib is a comprehensive, scientific online bibliography for religious studies. It is available to interested users free of charge (open access), worldwide and without login. In RelBib you will find references to monographs, articles and reviews, freely available electronic journals and digital content as well as databases, websites, weblogs etc. relevant to religious studies.

Digital Archive Guide

  • MIDA (Modern India in German Archives 1706-1989) Research Portal: The MIDA database, which currently consists of more than 2.700 datasets of materials in over 85 archives, assists in exploring the richness of sources on the history of modern India found in German archives. Centered is the history of entanglements between Germany and India since the 18th century. The portal additionally provides access to the open-access journal MIDA Archival Reflexicon, where theoretical questions and methodological problems regarding translocal narratives of entanglements and the work in and with archives, as well as extensive thematic overviews of materials relating to India are discussed and shown. Beyond that, the MIDA Thematic Resources offer curated research data collections, which at points refer directly to an artice of the Reflexicon, but also comprise independent thematic data sets.