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Newspapers, Magazines, and Journals in the South Asia Studies Seminar Room

The South Asia Studies Seminar Room receives magazines and journals of popular interest. Some of the historic collections are in LIBRA, whereas other material might be found in microformats or as digital resources. There are also a large number of periodicals pertaining to South Asia in disciplines such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Arts, Communications and others, which are not housed in the South Asia Studies Seminar Room, but are across the current periodicals sections of Van Pelt Library, the Fine Arts Library, the Museum Library, and the Annenberg Communications Library.

Newspapers: Daily newspapers used to be received in the South Asia Reading Room from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, but are now are mostly available online. For a list of newspapers held by the library from the subcontinent, it is best to use Franklin. Hints on how to search for newspapers is found at the Penn Library News and Newspapers FAQ. For a list of newspapers that are available, both in microform and online, use the following Research Guide for Finding Newspapers at Penn.

Microform: The historic newspapers in microformat are located on the first floor of Van Pelt Library. Details of these can be found on the page about South Asian Microforms.

Online: For historic newspaper collections online, the World Newspaper Archive provides access to:
Ceylon Observer (1864-1922), Indian People (1903-1909), Kaysar-i Hind (1886-1890), Leader (1909-1922), Madras Mail (1868-1889), Pioneer (1865-1903), Tribune (1881-1922).
The Proquest Historical Newspapers platform provides access to The Times of India (1838-2002).

CRL: The Penn Libraries, by virtue of being a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), does not duplicate their holdings, as they are available to our patrons by a special arrangement. If any of the CRL newspaper holdings are required for research, they can be requested. For details of their collection, please see CRL South Asia Holdings.

Magazines and Journals: Many of the serials that were earlier in print form are being moved to online formats only. The changes will be reflected in the library catalog, and also on this page. The magazines and serials currently in the South Asia Seminar Room are:
Art India



Business India

Cinema in India

Discover India

Down to Earth

Economic Bulletin

Economic Outlook



Guide to Indian Periodical Literature


Heritage Amruth


India Currents

India Today

Indian Economic and Social History Review This title has been discontinued in November 2011 and will only be available online.

Indian Literature

Indo-Iranian Journal This title has been discontinued in November 2011 and will only be available online.

Inside Outside

Ishvani Documentation and Mission Digest

Journal of Indian Philosophy

Journal of Social Sciences

Journal of Landscape Architecture

The Little Magazine





Regional Studies

Selections from Regional Press


South Asian Review

South Asian Survey

Economic Review

Spotlight on Regional Affairs

Filmi Duniya


Filmindia Worldwide

Indian National Bibliography



Historicus: Quarterly Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society



Urdu Duniya

India Abroad This title has been discontinued in November 2011 and will only be available online.


Pakistan and Gulf Economist

The Book Review

Mujalla Tahqeeq


For questions regarding newspapers, magazines, and journals in the South Asia Studies Seminar Room, please contact Brian Vivier, Interim South Asia Studies Librarian, (215) 898-3412.