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 the main Library catalogue. You can refine your search by choosing the genre dictionaries or dictionaries and encyclopedia from the left handside of the screen once you have run your search.
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.
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.
The following sources can be used to find country reports about India giving an overview of the economic, social and political climate.
CIA World Factbook India
Economist Intelligence Unit India Country report
Library of Congress Country Study - includes timeline of Indian history.