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  • Subject Librarian: Akram Khabibullaev
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E960
  • Phone: (812) 855-9885
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    • Senior Collections Reference Assistant: Todd Ramlo
    • Location: Wells E960
    • Phone: (812) 855-9885
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 6/6/2013

Electronic Text Resources (Central Eurasian Studies)

Digital Repositories
Dissertations and Theses
General Online Reference Works for Central Eurasian Studies
Central Asia and Caucasus
Asia Minor
Tibet and Xinjiang
Mongolia and Siberia


  • Brill E-Book Collections (includes many Central Eurasia-related books and serials published by Brill 2007-2011; requires IU log-in and a personal user account [free for IU patrons] in order to access titles)
  • Ebrary (Academic Complete) (a growing collection of 70,000+ ebooks in all subject areas; IU log-in)
  • Country Studies (Federal Research Division, Library of Congress) (books published in the "Country Studies/Area Handbook Program," 1988-1998, sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army)
  • Google Books


  • OAPEN: Open Access Publishing in European Networks (collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • OpenDOAR: Directory of Open Access Repositories (global coverage)
  • IUScholarWorks (freely available repository for scholarship of IU-affiliated scholars)


  • China Master Dissertations Full-Text Database (searchable, full-text database 1999/2000-present; requires IU log-in)
  • DART-Europe E-Theses Portal (over 200,000 theses--many in full-text PDF--from 19 European countries)
  • Dissertations at the Center for Research Libraries (collection of dissertations/Habilitationsschriften maintained by CRL; includes over 800,000 theses [although most are only available in print], primarily in German and other West European languages)
  • Электронная Библиотека: Диссертаций (Russian State Library full-text database of Russian dissertations; coverage 1985-present)
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) (international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations; the NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations)
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I (the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day; requires IU log-in)
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland (bibliographic information beginning 1716; full-text is not available; requires IU log-in)


  • Encyclopaedia Iranica (comprehensive reference covering Iranian history, culture, languages, and literatures in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent)
  • Encyclopaedia of Islam (EI2 and EI3) (IU log-in)
  • Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (gender studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies; IU log-in)
  • Inventory of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Digital Projects (maintained by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies)
  • JSTOR (searchable, full-text access to hundreds of important scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences; IU log-in)
  • Project Muse (full-text access to hundreds of important English-language scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences; IU log-in)
  • Sino-Platonic Papers (occasional publication series; some issues of interest for Central Eurasian studies)
  • Universal Databases (East View) (full-text access to many Russian-language Eurasian periodicals in the humanities and social sciences [for instance, see links to "CIS & Baltic Periodicals," "Russian Central Newspapers," and"World News Connection - Central Asia and the Caucasus"]; IU log-in)
  • Vostochnaia Literatura (contains transcribed texts of many manuscripts and translations useful for Central Eurasian history; in Russian):
            Caucasus / Crimea
            Islamic Central Asia
            Mongolia / Golden Horde
  • Zentrales Verzeichnis Digitalisierter Drucke (ZVDD) (provides access to 100,000+ digitized historical texts, some of importance for Central Eurasian studies; list of collections)


  • Afghanistan and the U.S., 1945-1963: Records of the U.S. State Department Central Classified Files (collection of diplomatic documents, relating to internal and foreign affairs and consisting of thousands of pages arranged topically and chronologically) [IU log-in required]
  • Afghanistan Digital Library (digitized texts published in Afghanistan during the period 1871-1930)
  • Azerbaijan Historical Portal (electronic versions of books, documents, and other sources about the history of Azerbaijan)
  • History of Civilizations of Central Asia, volumes 1-6 (UNESCO)
  • Muslims in Russia (IU log-in; small collection of eleven Russian-language periodicals [most short-lived and published 1908-1918, but the collection also includes “Kaspii,” a Transcaucasian newspaper published 1881-1917] written by and about Muslims in the Russian empire; these publications published official orders related to the Muslim population, documents, resolutions, appeals made by Muslim congresses, the protocols of sessions of Muslim organizations, materials on the most urgent problems of the Muslim population, perspectives of foreigners regarding the Muslim press, book reviews, letters from Muslims, etc.)
  • New Literature of Kyrgyzstan (Новая литература Кыргызстана = Кыргызстандын жаңы адабияты; database of Soviet and post-Independence Kyrgyz literature in many genres; in Russian and Kyrgyz)
  • Preserving and Creating Access to Unique Afghan Records (University of Arizona Libraries and the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University are collaborating on a project to catalog, digitize, and create metadata for a unique collection of documents related to Afghanistan history, culture, and its development during the Jihad period, 1989 to 2006)
  • Russian Military Intelligence on Asia: Archive Series, 1651-1917 (consists of over 1,500 files containing historical-geographical, statistical, topographical, and ethnographical descriptions of countries and their individual regions, as well as materials on the domestic political and economic situation of states, their foreign policy and international relations, and the state of their armed forces and military skills. Usability notes: documents are accessible through the "Organization and Arrangement" sections of the archive; database is not searchable; IU log-in)
  • Russian Military Intelligence on Asia: Secret Prints, 1883-1914 (96-volume collection of articles, consisting of descriptions, reports, and treatises by Russian military and diplomatic staff, and also translations and summaries of works originally published outside Russia, issued by the general staff of the Russian army in order to support existing and potential Russian activities on the Asian continent; IU log-in)
  • Thesaurus d'Epigraphie Islamique (includes descriptions, transcriptions of texts, and bibliographic information; goal of project is to collect all of the inscriptions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish [as well as in other "small" languages] from the Muslim world [issue no. 3 devoted to Central Asia] up to the year 1000 of the Hegira; requires free registration to access database)
  • Türkmen Edebiýaty = Turkmen Literature (a small website with Turkmen, Russian, and English components; developed by Gün Publishers)
  • Uysal-Walker Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative (ATON) [appears to be identical to the Carrie Eurasia Collection] (also contains historical, literary, and linguistic materials relating to Turkestan; Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University)
  • Zerkala (full-text database comprising published and unpublished texts on Russian colonialism in Central Asia and the Caucasus, ca. 1850-1914)


  • Hakkı Tarık Us Collection (large digital archive of Ottoman periodicals held by the Beyazıt State Library in Istanbul; the online collection currently consists of over 1300 titles; to view documents, you must install the DjVu browser plug-in)
  • Oriental Manuscripts (University of Edinburgh Library) (includes digitized manuscripts in Turkish and other languages; search and indexing functions difficult to use--the Browse by Categories page provides clearest list of digitized manuscripts)
  • Ottoman Text Archive Project (OTAP) (small collection of material; project may have been discontinued?)
  • Türkiye Yazmaları (Manuscripts of Turkey) (full-text manuscript database of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism; requires registration)
  • Turkish Studies Library of Professor Jacob M. Landau (digitized historical materials for the late Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey held by Universitaets- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt [ULB Halle]; after choosing an item from the list of digitized documents, click on "Contents of this publication" for digitized content)


  • Hungarian Reformation Online (comprehensive survey of the original writings of the Hungarian reformers, including texts from the period of the first stirrings of reform in the 1540s through to works written for the established churches of the region during the 1650s)


  • International Dunhuang Project (IDP): The Silk Road Online (includes catalogues, translations, historical photographs, archaeological site plans, tens of thousands of images, and more, concerning the "Eastern Silk Road")
  • Old Tibetan Documents Online (OTDO) (critically edited corpus of selected 7th to 10th-century Tibetan texts with keyword searching)
  • Tibet Mirror (Tibetan: Yul phyogs so so'i gsar 'gyur me long; published in Kalimpong 1925-1963; made available online through the Tharchin Collection at Columbia University Libraries)


  • Inner Asia Digital Archive (includes 36 texts in the collection "Selected Mongolian Laws and Regulations 1917-1940"; developed by the American Center for Mongolian Studies)
  • Oral History of Twentieth Century Mongolia: Memory, Narrative, and the State (in development; promises to be a detailed history of modern Mongolia based on over 600 interviews; results projected to be online in 2012)
  • Sibirica (digitized collection of nearly 600 titles [subdivided into over 12,000 documents] relating to Siberia and environs, including Central Eurasia; produced by the Center for Retrospective Digitization, Göttingen) (direct links to list of titles and list of documents)
    • last updated: 6/6/2013