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Interdisciplinary collection of print and non-print sources about South Asian Countries - India,Pakistan,Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bengla Desh.

About this Guide

Please note that this guide deals with collections in South Asian Studies.  For subject help within South Asian Studies, please see the relevant subject specialist for your area of inquiry.

South Asian Studies Collections

Syracuse University Library's collection on South Asia is considered one of the best in the East Coast.  This intends to enhance and support the SU's South Asian Studies Program and related areas at the South Asia Center  which is an integral part of SU's Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs.  This is located in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public affairs

South Asia Center is a part of the National Resource Center for the US Department of education.  Supported in part by the federal grant, the center directly promotes scholarly research, the teaching of languages, and the sharing of expertise through a variety of programs (colloquia, films, cultural programs, and other activities ) and publications for the Syracuse University community as well as for faculty and students at nearby colleges.   

   The Center participates in collaboration with Cornell University to form a consortium with a focus on the research and scholarship of the countries in the South Asia region.  

South Asian Studies area programs are very much interdisciplinary and involve faculty members from various departments and schools in the university such as  Anthropology, Architecture, Communications & Rhetorical studies, Education, Fine Arts, Language, Literature, and Linguistics, History, International Relations, Law, Political Science, and Religion.



Syracuse University Libraries provide access to a very rich collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, handbooks, census reports, gazetteers, maps, journals, magazines, newspapers, films, documentaries,and much more in print and electronic formats.  These are available in English and many local languages related to all the South Asian Countries which are India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka- Ceylon.  Many of these sources are acquired from the native countries. 

Use library catalog to find the availability and location of sources that you may need.  In case you encounter any problem, please refer to Research Assistance.   Take one of the virtual tours to enhance your searching skills.

 For further help, AskUs.

Refer to Circulation Desk for rights and procedures of borrowing materials from the library.

If the library does not have an item that you need,use the Interlibrary loan service to borrow.


Subject Guide

Janet Pease
Bird Library

(315) 443-9768

Help Using Library Sources & Services


Askus  for any help in selecting and locating library sources & services

Or contact one of the following subject specialist librarians in area studies for research assistance:

African Diaspora, Anthropology, Sociology:
Bonnie Ryan

Geography & Maps:
John Olson

Lydia Wasylenko

International Relations:
Michael Pasqualoni

Patrick Williams

As South Asian Studies program is multi-disciplianry, contact any other subject specialist librarian as you wish