Washington University in St. Louis
Collection Development Policy
Subject: South Asian Studies
Date Revised: April 14, 2014
Subject Librarian: AJ Robinson
Compiled by: Jaleh Fazelian
1. General purpose:
2. Subjects excluded:
3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:
The interdisciplinary nature of a topic like South Asian Studies leads to some overlap in a variety of areas including History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Political Science, Religious Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities. Librarians covering these areas work diligently to avoid duplication and keep collections up-to-date.
4. Languages included and excluded:
The South Asian collection contains works in Hindi and Urdu. Works in Urdu are housed in the Islamic Studies (NEEA) Collection. Other collection items in Hindi and English are interfiled into the larger Olin Library collection based on call number designation.
5. Geographical limitations:
The areas included in the study of South Asia are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the South Asian Diaspora. Other geographic areas are acquired selectively.
6. Chronological limits:
All chronological periods are included.
7. Retrospective acquisition:
8. Types of material collected and excluded:
9. Other factors to consider:
10. Subjects and Collecting Levels:
Basic, Instructional Support, Research, Comprehensive
See the Islamic Studies Collection Development Policy for more on Islam coverage.