"Research on V S Naipaul can be accessed formally - through library membership - and informally through Google and other search engines. The research from both kinds of search has been organised by literary text in chronological order in this database, which is in many ways a contemporary version of the old fashioned bibliographies we used to produce in literary studies. Each is encompassed in a brief introduction. For ease of reference, we have subdivided the studies: From 1957 to 2001; and 2001 to the Present. V S Naipaul’s winning of the Nobel Prize in 2001 triggered a new wave of criticism in which almost every critic who had written about him earlier reprised his/her assessment about the writer. Such a division therefore also provides insight into the classic nature of Naipaul’s writings that has sustained interest and readership through the years. "