Before you dive into searching databases and the library catalog, you'll want to get a good handle on the terminology surrounding your topic. This will help you define your key words and even check for variations in spelling for non-English people and places. Here are a few good places to start.
A four-volume survey of the history, cultures, geography and religions of India from ancient times to the present day. Includes more than 600 entries, arranged alphabetically. For students and general readers.
Provides access to a collection of aggregated and integrated reference books from high-quality publishers.
This video will help you as you think about constructing your search for resources on your topic.
Understanding how to use boolean operators can help you refine your search and find more quality resources. Here's a quick tutorial on what the different boolean operators do. Questions? Ask a librarian!