Encyclopedias attempt to summarize the state of knowledge in a field of inquiry. A good encyclopedia can be a valuable starting point for your research.
The Asia collections in the International and Area Studies Library have several encyclopedias in addition to those listed below. For much more on library sources for the study of Islam, please visit our guide, Islam: Library Sources for Research.
Below are some sources of Indian biography. For more general information, visit the Reference Library's Biography guide.
Below is a list of major, recently-published sources. In general, to find historical atlases, a good approach is to search in the Online Catalog using the subject terms "historical geography". For example:
Or try subject words "history" and "maps". For example:
Not all of the books retrieved will be atlases, but many will be and most at least will include maps.