We aim to answer common questions here. If you are a Librarian, please see the dedicated section for tailored help and FAQs.

What are keywords in context?

Selecting the Keywords in Context button will display the top five most relevant hits within an excerpt of a document or section. In the excerpt your search term will be highlighted so that you can quickly determine if the result is from a page you want to visit. Selecting View will open the image viewer with your search term highlighted on the page. You can move to the next or previous page in the document where your search term is highlighted by selecting Next Hit/Previous Hit.

What does “source file is missing” mean?

If you see the message - source file is missing - in the image viewer this refers to the fact that certain pages could not be digitized due to the fragile nature of the content. A decision, however, was taken by the Editors, that the value of the overall document was such that it would be detrimental to remove it from the archive.

Citation style

When citing source documents in the South Asia Archive please use the reference style appropriate to the journal to which you are submitting your article (usually to be found in the Instructions to Authors) but add “from the South Asia Archive”, the document URL that appears at the top of the document screen, and the date and time of access.

For example: Sunavala, A J. Adarsha Sadhu, an Ideal Monk. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1934. Available from the South Asia Archive: [16:24: 8 February 2014].

Why do certain documents take longer to download?

The nature of the content is such that some of the documents are extremely large; consequently the pdfs may take some time to download. The size of the pdf file is displayed on the site. We would recommend in those instances where the pdf is large that you either download only the relevant sections or use the download a range of pages option in the image viewer.

Note that if your browser settings are set to prevent automatic downloads, you will need to change your browser options.

Why can’t I download a document?

Your institution may have access via a free trial, in which case you will be unable to download documents. You will however, be able to view the document using the image viewer.

How do I save searches?

Put a search query into the quick search or click on Advanced Search tab and enter your required search criteria. Click on the Save Search button at the top of the search results page (you will be prompted to log in/register if you have not already done so). Enter a name for the search and click on the Save Search button.  At this point you will be redirected to the saved search area where you have the option to run the saved search again or create new search.

Why can’t I save searches?

Your institution may have access via a free trial, in which case you will be unable to save searches.

How do I manage saved searches?

Sign in with your user name and password and go to my account. Click the Saved Searches button. Here you can run your search directly, delete your saved searches, and create new searches.

How do I add documents/sections to my archive?

You can select to add documents/sections to my archive from; Explore Content, Search Results, Image Viewer and content pages (list of issues, table of contents, chapter/article/section).

Why can’t I add documents/sections to my archive?

Your institution may have access via a free trial, in which case you will be unable to add documents/sections to my archive.

How do I manage my archive?

Sign in with your username and password and go to my account. Click the Manage my archive button. Here you can select to view the document(s)/section(s) added, download a list of document/section titles (including hyperlinks) to create a reading list, and delete your documents/sections.

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