eResource of the month: South Asia Commons

The Library acquired access to the South Asia Commons in summer 2023. It’s one of a number of resources purchased to broaden access to information beyond Western Europe and American perspectives as we seek to decolonise library collections.

The South Asia Commons covers the period 1700-1953, enabling analysis of the processes of colonisation and decolonisation for countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Burma (and can be compared with other resources such as the East India Company Archive). It contains millions of pages of information drawn from the region, including journals, reports, statistics, books, guides, news and legal material. About 70% of the material is in English and the rest in Asian languages.

The collection is multidisciplinary and is relevant for economy, science and technology, social and cultural, legal, political and history research and teaching. It can be searched by keywords, or browsed by topics, publishers and series.

An example search in South Asia Commons

By creating an account, users can save relevant sources for viewing in future research, or share favourite sources with others, for example lecturers can create lists of study material for students on their modules. Explore further at South Asia Archive.

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