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Free South Asian Resources for Educators : Online Books

Finding Books

South Asia Union Catalogue is an historical bibliography describing books and periodicals published in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, colonial Burma, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka from 1556 through the present and a union catalogue of holdings. provides "access to the world's largest network of library content and services" and helps identify titles one might like to interlibrary loan.

Full-text books

Digital South Asia Library provides digital versions of print texts, including reference material--especially dictionaries, journals, maps, statistics, etc.

Internet Sacred Text Archive provides searchable versions of classic religious texts, including those from Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain and Sikh traditions.

The Digital Colonial Documents Project (India) is "intended to promote study of the rare seminal documents which were influential in the formation of the notions of nation, state and culture during the colonial period."


Mass Digitization Projects:

Google books includes digitized versions of thousands of books from major research libraries around the world.

Universal Library, also known as the Million Books Project, includes a significant number of titles from Indian libraries.


South Asian Literary Recordings Project

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