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POL 241: Contemporary India: Background, Books and Journals

This guide is intended to support students researching India's history and political system. It covers public policies like healthcare, women's issues, social stratification, education, popular culture and more.


This research guide is designed for students doing research in Contemporary India. Use the tabs along the top edge of this box to locate directions for the various resource types. If you run into any obstacles, don't hesitate to contact me at ~ Rosalind Tedford

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Best Bets and Starting Points

If you need somewhere to begin your research, here are some of the best bets for finding context for your research topic!

Finding Books

Use the library's online catalog to locate books, films, and other materials in the library. 

  • India* AND politic*
  • Democracy AND India*
  • India* AND pakistan*
  • India* AND wom*n

LC Call Number Ranges for Contemporary India

  • DS401-(486.8) India - History
  • JQ200-620: Political Institutions and Public Administration India
  • KNS1-KNU: Law - India
  • Other call numbers may be relevant depending on your topic....

Finding Scholarly Journal Articles

The databases below are the ones most frequently used by students doing political science research. The list starts with the politics-specific databases but also lists the many databases we have in related disciplines that often contain relevant sources. Politics is a very interdisciplinary thing, so looking at other databases is often very useful! 

Databases for General International Politics and Government 

Databases for International Military and Security Issues

Databases for International Policy and Issues 

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