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SOAS Databases

All users on-campus; SOAS students and staff only off-campus

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    An index of Western language monographs, journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, anthologies and Festschriften on all parts of Asia published since 1971.
    On-campus use / Off-campus use
  • Proquest -The Times of India (1838-2003)
    Provides access to historical local, regional and national news for publications including The Bombay Times, Journal of Commerce and the Bombay Times and Standard. Easily searchable, spanning centuries of historical and political events.
    On-campus use / Off-campus use
General Resources

Himalayan Art Resources
Virtual exhibition to bring together images of Himalayan art from around the world. Consists of paintings, sculpture, block prints and murals with descriptions.

Arts Online
A useful web directory of art, artists and culture of India.

Digital South Asia Library
The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users. With support from various institutions across the world, the site offers union catalogues, dictionaries, maps and photographs.

Manas: Architecture of India
Good educational resource covers the history and features of Indian's prominent monuments and temples.

Tibetan and Himalayan library
A large collection of material relating to the study of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from a wide range of disciplinary. The site includes reference works, photos and maps

Templenet the Ultimate Source of Information on Indian Temples
Interesting collection of images and descriptions of temples throughout India, which can be navigated by deity or by region.

Image Collections

American Institute of Indian Studies: Center for Art and Archaeology: Photo Archives
The AIIS photographic archive is a joint venture of the AIIS and the Digital South Asia Library project. It consists of architectural, sculpture, painting and numismatic databases with search engine.

Harappa com .
A useful source of images and information on the Indus Valley.

Himalayan Art Resources
Online gallery provides over 17,000 images of Himalayan and Tibetan style art from museum and private collections around the world.

Islamic Heritage of India
A picture collection on Islamic arts and monuments of India.

Islamic Monuments in India: Photographic Database
About 20,000 black and white photographs of Islamic monuments in India taken by the University of Tokyo expedition in the early 1960s in the collection of the Research and Information Center for Asian Studies, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo.

Jamini Roy: Bengali Artist of Modern India
Online exhibition of over forty works from the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. Also includes biographical information on the artist.

Monuments of India
A website with many original photographs, images of art, architecture, archaeology and people of India.


The Archaeology Survey of India
ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of India. The site includes photo gallery and publication lists. Indian Archaeology – A Review is available on site.

South Asian Diaspora Arts Archive
Free online resource featuring collections of South Asian literature, art, theatre, dance and music by British based artists and organisations.


The Indian Museum
Founded in 1814, Indian Museum is the largest multipurpose Museum in the Asia-Pacific region of the world.

Rubin Museum
The museum dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, especially Tibetan art.

Freer & Sackler Gallery The Smithsonian’s museum of Asian Art
The site offers collection highlights from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, is the birthplace of three major religions: Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism.