Selected Resources for: East European Studies

Subject Librarian:

Gordon Anderson

This subject covers: material on Russia; the Balkans, excluding Yugoslavia (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania); the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania); Czechoslovakia; Czech Republic; Slovakia; Belarus; Moldova; Ukraine; Hungary; the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Chechnia); Poland; Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan); Bosnia; Croatia; Macedonia; Serbia/Montenegro; and Slovenia.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

ABSEES On Line covers North-American academic and professional research on Russia & Eastern Europe. Coverages is from the late 1980s to the present. The print edition began in 1957 and can be found in Wilson Library DJK9.A4x [1957-1959] and Wilson Library Quarto DJK9.A4x [1967-1994]..

Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. Publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

The print index continues the European Bibliography of Soviet, East European & Slavonic studies (-1993). EBSEES is now also publicly accessible on line. The bibliography is divided into two databases: for the period 1991-2000 and for 2001-present.

Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.

The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

The Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of scholarly monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analyses.

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

Digital Archive of The Times of London for the years 1785-1985. Full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories.

1975 to the present. Search the social sciences and arts & humanities sections. The key feature of this resource is the complex citation linkage between the scholarly work and the resources cited in its bibliography.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.

Full-text summaries of foreign newspaper articles, conference proceedings, radio and television broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. Formerly published as FBIS and JPRS Reports.

General Reference Sources

Country Studies

Provides a standard set of facts for all countries of the world.

Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
The print version of the Europa World Handbook is available in Wilson Library -- Wilson Lib Quarto JN1 .E85. The most recent print edition is found in Wilson Reference and many other campus libraries.

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.


Information Bulgaria

A short Encyclopaedia of the People's Republic of Bulgaria edited by the Bulgarian Academy of Science.

Political and Economic Encyclopedia of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

Reader's Encyclopedia of Eastern European Literature

Handbooks and Manuals

Includes political perspectives, religion, social policy, business development, international relations, and country surveys.

Political Parties of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Successor States

Revolutions in Eastern Europe

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

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

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

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

Full-text electronic versions of major Russian and many NIS periodicals on the same day they are published. The Universal database includes archives of back issues of newspapers and journals, some far back as 1996. It is a source for information on business, economics, domestic and foreign policy and important political events in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

The UDB can be searched in either Cyrillic or LC-transliterated Russian.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

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.

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