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Finding reference materials


The Library contains many  printed dictionaries, directories and encyclopedias which cover all aspects of Indian history, politics and culture.  They are useful for checking facts and figures and offering brief overview articles. Some of them are for reference use only,  while others may be borrowed.

To locate them search by keyword on Library Search|. You can refine your search by choosing options from the  the left handside of the screen once you have run your search.

Title            Classmark
Encyclopedia of India| DS405 E51(Fill in fetch form)
Historical Dictionary of India DS405 M28
India: a reference annual 54 (R177)

We also have a growing collection of online dictionaries and encyclopedias that you can use off-campus. Examples include:

If you are searching for Indian language dictionaries you might also like to try the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia project| which aims to cover 26 languages.

Biographical Information

Try the World's Who's Who| to find biographical information on world leaders.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography| has information on Colonial administrators and post-independence leaders in India (1616–2000).


Some basic maps can be downloaded from the Internet.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection| provides free acces to recent and historic CIA maps.

Historic maps from the Imperial Gazetteer of India| can also be viewed online.

Country Information

The following sources can be used to find country reports about India giving an overview of the economic, social and political climate.