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This subject covers: information about Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Principal record on North American research on Russia & Eastern Europe. Records from late 1980s to date. Materials in all formats.

EBSEES covers European scholarship in Eastern European studies from 1991 through 2007 only. This resource is no longer being updated.

The leading index to scholarly literature in world history, 1450 to the present. Excellent coverage of European scholarly sources. Use the companion index, America: History & Life, for sources on the world's relations with the United States and Canada.

The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) is the definitive resource for scholarly literature on western art and successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). Includes detailed abstracts for all new content, in-depth abstracts for scholarly articles, and authority files of controlled terms. Ideal for academic and specialist art libraries, museums, and design firms. Focus on European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, and global art since 1945 Visual arts in all media are covered: painting, sculpture, drawing, video, installations, new media, decorative and applied arts, museum studies and conservation, archaeology, folk art and material culture, classical studies, antiques, architectural history.

LLBA covers all aspects of the study of language and linguistics, including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

Citations to books, articles from over 4,000 periodicals, essays and chapters in books, papers in published conference proceedings, and dissertations. Published in the world's languages of scholarship.

Contains thirteen (13) current Slavic-studies titles. Their previous titles are also listed. Most content is within one year of the current issue.

This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.

The major index to political-science materials published worldwide, from 1975 to the present. WPSA covers a few major Russian journals, e.g., Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniia, Voprosy Istorii, as well as several collections of essays and papers in Russian and many other languaqges.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

Full text articles and transcripts from news sources, business magazines, and websites with international and foreign language coverage. Includes daily newspapers, television transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

A unified gateway to full-text newspapers, journals, and digital libraries compiled and hosted by East View Information Services. Russian-studies resources include:
Current Digest of the Russian Press
International Affairs digital archive
Literaturnaia Gazeta digital archive
Russian Central Newspapers
Russian National Bibliography
World News Connection
and more

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Combines and replaces the severalprint series of the Russian Book Chamber's Letopis' (e.g., Knizhnaia letopis', Letopis' zhurnal'nykh statei). The Cyrillic-alphabet text can be searched in the roman alphabet by using the Library of Congress transliteration scheme. Access is for 1994 through 2008 only.

General Reference Sources

Country Studies

Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, a source of country profiles, statistics, and directories for all countries worldwide. Find facts, history, political, economic and other information including geography, media outlets, education, government agencies, trade and industry, tourism and other organizations. A major bibliography is included for each country and survey articles on various issues are listed for each major region.

The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.


Russian-English Social Science Dictionary

Vocabulary of Soviet Society and Culture


General Reference Works

Carried out 9-16 October 2002 across the territory of the Russian Federation, the census is published in Russian, with many tables and reports also in English. Russian text can be searched using a Cyrillic keyboard provided or by using the Library of Congress transliteration scheme for Russian.

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

The University of Illinois Library is the largest public research library in the country. Their Slavic Reference Service is a unique and indispensable resource.
Contact them at:

Cal Berkeley's guide to resources in Slavic Studies.

Russian and East European Studies Web site. Similar in concept to WESSWEB, this is a good place to begin to find out about Russia and Eastern Europe

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

CEEOL is an online archive which provides access to full-text PDF articles from 301 humanities and social-science journals and re-digitized documents pertaining to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European topics.

News Sources

Full-text news for over 9,000 sources including U.S. and international news sources, major wire services, and hundreds of local broadcasting outlets and blogs. Provides unique coverage of local news outlets, including over 100 Minnesota sources. Paid advertisements are excluded. Collections can be searched by specific title, region, state, country, or continent. Mostly English language news coverage with some 200 titles in Spanish, French, Afrikaans and other languages.

Founded in 1949, the Current Digest was first published as The Current Digest of the Soviet Press (1949-1991), followed by The Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press (1992-2010), and now The Current Digest of the Russian Press.

As the United States' principal historical record of political open source intelligence for more than half a century, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Report is an indispensable source for insights into decades of turbulent world history. The original mission of the FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. Accordingly, it provides a wealth of information from all countries outside of the U.S."”from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1974 consist of Daily Reports published from September 4, 1941 through March 29, 1974. They provide national and occasionally local perspectives on topics related to World War II and the Axis alliance, the new Islamic countries of the Middle East, the creation of Israel, the Berlin Wall, colonialism in Africa, apartheid, the Cold War, the Suez Crisis, the beginning of the Space Age, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, East-West interaction and much more. They also offer views on such figures as Salvador Allende, Fidel Castro, Winston Churchill, Ngo Dinh Diem, François Duvalier, Mohandas Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Ruhollah Khomeini, Nelson Mandela, Imre Nagy, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Chaim Weizmann and many others.

FBIS Daily Reports, 1974-1996 are comprised of eight parts: Part 1: Middle East, Africa, Near East and South Asia (MEA, NES); Part 2: Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia (SSA, SAF, AFR, SAS); Part 3: China (CHI); Part 4: Asia, Pacifi c and East Asia (APA, EAS); Part 5: Latin America (LAT, LAM); Part 6: Eastern Europe (EEU); Part 7: Soviet Union and Central Eurasia (SOV); and Part 8: Western Europe (WEU).
These reports are also available on microfiche in Wilson Library Government Documents (US Microfiche) (Mfiche PREX 7.13:JPRS-EER- ).

FBIS Daily Report Annexes, 1974-1996 offer international, national and local perspectives on Middle East crises and negotiations, the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the secret acquisition of radar systems by the People's Republic of China, and much more.

This daily report provides expert analysis on major political events and trends in the former USSR (including the Central Asian republics) and Afthanistan, Iran, and Iraq. The serice features daily news headline reports, twelve weekly reports on the region, and country-specific reports. Reports are available in the region's languages and in English; with archives dating back to 2000. The site's main page is found at

Russian Central Newspapers

The Universal Database of Russian Newspapers (UDB-COM) provides comprehensive coverage of national news, current events, economic developments and cultural events in Russia. Official sources (Rossiiskaia gazeta, Krasnaia zvezda, ITAR-TASS), independent media and partisan publications are all represented on this database, thus offering a wide array of opinions and perspectives. Several English-language newspapers including the notable Moscow Times, widely read by the international community in the Russian capital, constitute an important part of the database.

Providing weekly news and background reports on the 28 countries of the former Soviet Bloc, TOL is especially useful for information on the Central European countries, which not covered in RFE/RL Newsline. The TOL on-line archive is available back to 1999. Issues of its predecessor, Transition (1995-1999), are found in the Wilson Library Annex.

An online resource of news from around the world, obtained from newspaper articles, television and radio broadcasts, online sources, conference proceedings, periodicals, and non-classified reports. NOTE: This resource has been discontinued and is now an archive of world news between 1995 and 2013.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Beginning in 1923 Boris Ignatovich (1899-1976) photographed the world around him until his death. His photography captured Russia during the earliest days of communism, World War II, and throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

Created by the Innovator Foundation, these web exhibitions display the skill and variety of Ignatovich's work, from portraiture to aerial photographs of the architecture and nature of the Caucasus region to haunting scenes from World War II. Visitors can explore the collection in two ways. One can simply focus on Ignatovich's photographs by browsing the Gallery.
Alternatively, the Museum, which is best viewed on desktop computers, offers an interactive timeline of Ignatovich's life and work set to music. While some items require a password to view, much of this remarkable collection is freely open to the public.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

Writing Guides

Guide prepared by the Internet Public Library. Includes both Internet links and print resources.

Library Information

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