SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

About the Collection

  • About the Collection

    The Library develops and maintains significant collections on Development studies relating to the countries of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Material on Development Studies outside Asia and Africa and general works on Development Studies are acquired where they are needed to support teaching.

    We welcome suggestions for new purchases from Library members. Please complete the recommendation form.

  • What is in the collection?
    • Printed and electronic books on Development Studies theory, policy and practice in general and relating to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The collection is particularly strong on aid, agriculture, education, diasporas, migration, environment / natural resources, famine and food security, gender studies, globalization, health issues (including HIV/AIDS), industrialisation, non-governmental organisations, statistical data, urbanization.
    • Extensive collection of journals in both print and electronic format. (Classmarks range between Per 100 and Per 109). Check the Library catalogue and A-to-Z Electronic Journals for more information.
    • Key databases for Development Studies including IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences), ISI Web of Science / Knowledge, Access World News.
  • Location

    The Development Studies collection can be found at a range of classmarks on Level E but mainly between stacks 20 and 34. Oversized books are shelved at the end of the collection at stacks 56-58.

    Works focusing on a specific country or region are shelved in the respective regional collection. They will have a different letter code to indicate this e.g. JA for India or Uganda VJ.

    For a full listing of classmarks and their location, please consult the Library location list.

    For details of holdings and resources for related subject areas such as Anthropology, Economics, Law and Politics and for particular regions see the relevant Subject Guides.