This page was created for students to get started with their research interests and course assignments for Professor Alka Patel's fall 2019 Ancient Indian Art course.
Bibliographies & encyclopedia entries are excellent starting points to (a) generate ideas and (b) find further scholarship in a particular area. Below are just a few resources to get you started from Oxford Bibliographies, which provides readers with a seamless pathway to the most accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics. Written and reviewed by academic experts, these easy to understand articles are authoritative guides to the current scholarship, containing original commentary and annotations.
In addition to Library Search and Melvyl, try searching the tools listed on this page. Included are just a few print books in UCI Libraries related to your course content. Try to include a variety of voices by including monographs, edited volumes, as well as exhibition catalogs.
Remember: You don't have to read the book cover to cover! You can select relevant chapters, trace the footnotes to identify the main scholars in the area you're reading about, and then look for those citations to follow the scholarly dialogue.
Below are just a few titles to get you thinking. You can always email me for help to find books on your area of interest. I love to help!
The databases below serve as starting points to look for journal articles and scholarship in your area of interest. For assistance narrowing down and finding relevant articles to topic or to explore other databases and resources, you can always make an appointment for more help.
It can be helpful to identify journals within a specific subfield or discipline because you can browse the contents, create alerts for new issues to read, or run keyword searches of a specific journal in many library databases. Here are a few journals to consider:
The scope of Ancient Asia is the Journal of the Society of South Asian Archaeology. Its scope is vast: from Stone Age to the Modern times, including archaeology, history, anthropology, art, architecture, iconography, ethnography, and theoretical and methodological issues
Archives of Asian Art has been devoted to publishing new scholarship on the art and architecture of South, Southeast, Central, and East Asia. Articles discuss premodern and contemporary visual arts, archaeology, architecture, and the history of collecting.
History and Sociology of South Asia provides a forum for scholarly interrogations of significant moments in the transformation of the social, economic and political fabric of South Asian societies.
The Journal of Asian Studies is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Association for Asian Studies, covering Asian studies, ranging from history, the arts, social sciences, to philosophy and cultural studies of East, South, Inner, and Southeast Asia.
South Asian History and Culture (SAHC) is a multidisciplinary journal that provides an integrated perspective on the field of South Asian studies. T
Art -- India – Exhibitions
Art, Indic – Exhibitions
Architecture – India
Jaina art -- Exhibitions
Jaina temples -- India
Jaina architecture – India
Architecture – Gupta
Architecture -- India
Keyword and subject searching methods are two widely used ways to effectively find books. There are important advantages to both methods; knowing how to use them and how they differ from each other will help you retrieve better, more accurate results.
What is keyword searching?
What is subject searching?
Example: Temples -- India (87 results in Library Search)
Start with these guiding questions to generate keywords as a starting point: