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The following provides a list of resources to assist with research for Russian Studies.

Some resources are restricted to people currently affiliated with Dickinson.

Because research on Russian Studies can cross over many academic disciplines (such as History, Literature, or Political Science) students are strongly encouraged to consult with a librarian for help with specific topics.

Liaison Librarian: Anna Kozlowska, 717-245-1849


General Collection

Full length books on subjects relating to Russian Studies may be found in the Waidner-Spahr Library Catalog. However, because Russian Studies can encompass such a wide range of topics, try combining specific terms related to your topic rather than just searching for Russian Studies.

The Library of Congress Classification System, which is the call number system utilized for locating and organizing library resources, breaks Russian Studies down into these areas:

   G - Geography broken down by country
   H - Social Sciences (statistics, economic history & conditions) broken down by country
   JQ - Political Science (political institutions and public administration for Asia)
   KL-KWX - Asian and Eurasian law
   PG 1 - 9665 - Slavic Language and Literature

Reference Collection

The reference collection at the Waidner-Spahr Library contains a number of resources on Russian Studies.

Simply typing in the term “Russian” in the search field and selecting “Reference Stacks” for location will yield a number of items.

Therefore, the following list is a brief selection of sources that may be useful when researching topics in Russian Studies and should not be viewed as the extent of available reference material.

Handbook of Russian literature REF PF5934 .F72 1985
This first encyclopedia of its kind in English covers ten centuries of Russian literature and includes nearly 1,000 entries by leading scholars. It will be an indispensable guide for students or the general reader.
Russian prose writers after World War II REF PN523 .D5 v.302 2005
Among the writers profiled, the individual and the state is a consistent theme, according to editor Rydel (Grand Valley State University), whether the subject is the war, the Great Terror, the gulag experience, exile, repression, or everyday life. She provides an introductory essay, which is followed by profiles of approximately 40 writers. Like other volumes in the series, the aim is to provide career biographies, tracing the development of each author's canon, presenting expert appraisals of their accomplishments, and placing them in the context of literary history. Each entry includes a photo portrait and some other b&w illustrations. A cumulative index for the series takes up about 80 pages.
Russia : a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present REF DK36 .B59 2004
The bulk of this reference guide by Borrero (St. John's U.) consists of an A-to-Z historical dictionary providing primarily biographical entries on important Russian political and social figures, as well as a number of entries on important events, institutions, and concepts from the time of the Renaissance to the present. In addition to the dictionary, a 30-page essay provides an overview of Russian history. Included after the dictionary are a chronology, a list of Russian rulers from 1462 to 2004, and collection of 25 historical maps.
Encyclopedia of Russian women's movements REF HQ1665.15 .E5 2001
Noonan (Augsburg College) and Nechemias (Pennsylvania State U., Harrisburg) have assembled an impressive collection of entries, which include the biographies and careers of individual Russian feminists as well as the groups and movements they engendered. The main focus of the encyclopedia is movements and women since the collapse of the Soviet Union through 2000, but the reader will find many entries for the late 19th through 20th century. Each entry includes a list of references. A chronology and short history of Russian women movements are included.

Slovar' Iazyka Russkikh Zhestov REF P117.5 .R9 G75 2001

Russian novelists in the age of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky REF PN523 .D5 v.238
This award-winning series systematically presents career biographies of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.
The republics and regions of the Russian Federation : a guide to politics, policies, and leaders REF JN6699 .A88 R47 2000
The 89 constituent units of Russia's extremely complicated federal structure do not have equal rights and powers as they do in the United States, but rather are held together with an asymmetrical system of power distribution. This guide to the labyrinthine structure provides comprehensive, yet concise portraits of the 89 regions. Each profile features a brief overview of the region and information about key demographic, economic, and electoral statistics; regional political institutions; the regional leadership's political and economic platform and alliances; key policy initiatives; relations with Moscow; attitudes toward business development; career and contact data for the regional leadership; and useful web sites.
The Oxford Russian dictionary REF PG2640 .W5 2000
New edition of a dictionary that contains the latest vocabulary from every aspect of Russian life, together with thousands of example sentences and detailed treatment of idioms; the latest business, computing, and specialist vocabulary along with common abbreviations and acronyms; treatment of Russian declensions and conjugations; and guidance on choosing the correct translation. While earlier editions were aimed particularly at the English native speaker, this one has been made more useful to the Russian native speaker by expanding provision of sense indicators in the Russian-English half of the volume, and inflectional information for English headwords in the English-Russian half.
Atlas narodov rossi dl´i`a shkol’nika REF G2140 .A85 2000
Atlas of Russia.
The BFI companion to Eastern European and Russian cinema REF PN1993.5 .E2 B44 2000
This work maps the rich, varied cinema of Eastern Europe, Russia and the former USSR. Over 200 entries cover a varitey of topics spanning a century of endeavour and turbulent history from Czech animation to Soviet montage. It includes entries on actors and directors and key figures like Eisenstein.
Idee w Rosji = Idei v Rossii = Ideas in Russia : leksykon rosyjsko-polsko-angielski REF B4201 .I34 1999
Includes bibliographical references.
Historical dictionary of Russia REF DK36 .R39 1998
Includes a detailed introduction, a chronology each for events and rulers, maps, and such lists as Administrative Divisions of the current republic and principal bodies of water. Among the listings are acronyms of technical terminology and institutions. Others provide information on events, people, and institutions related to politics, culture, society, and the economy from the earliest days of the Kievan Rus to the present. Very well cross-referenced.
Encyclopedia of Russian & Slavic myth and legend REF BL930 .D58 1998
This volume offers the first comprehensive guide in English to the myth and legend of the Russian Empire and other Slavic countries and peoples.
The Encyclopedia of propaganda REF HM263 .E53 1998
This well-organized, easy-to-use A-Z reference examines in great detail the historical, political, sociological, cultural, and artistic aspects of propaganda around the world. It addresses those forms of communication -- mass communication in particular -- that are intended to produce changes in thinking and behavior.

These are just the summaries from the catalog.

Russian Studies Databases

This list of databases offers the best places to get started, but there are many more available at Waidner-Spahr Library.

Consult a librarian to choose the best database to look for information about your specific topic.

Covers resources on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union published in the United States and Canada. (The American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies)
ATLA Religion
Covers periodical articles, essays in books, and book reviews in the field of religion, including topics specific to Russian Studies. Covers all religious traditions, with the strongest coverage in the Judeo-Christian tradition. (American Theological Library Association)
Bibliography of Asian Studies Online
Database of principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia, especially in the fields of humanities and the social sciences. Limit to "Russian Far East" and find resources related to Anthropology, Arts, Biography, Economics, Geography, History, Language, more.
Central and Eastern European Academic Source CEEAS
A multidisciplinary, multilingual database providing full-text coverage pertaining to all facets of central and eastern European countries. Areas covered include business & economics, medical sciences, political science, law, library & information sciences, literature, linguistics, history and sociology.
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
The source for theory and research in international affairs including economic information, and map and country data.
Country Studies / Area Handbooks
On-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress as part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army.
CWI (Contemporary Women's Issues)
Limit to Russia for specific issues related to Russian women.
European Bibliography of Slavic and East European
Contains nearly 50,000 bibliographic citations to scholarly articles, books, etc, relating to Eastern Europe. The cited materials were published in the following West European countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.
Includes resources that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of disciplines. Limit by keyword: Russia
Historical Abstracts
Covers materials treating all aspects of world history, except the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present.
MLA International Bibliography
The premier scholarly index for literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. (Modern Language Association)
Philosopher's Index
Provides indexing and abstracts from books and journals of philosophy and related fields. It covers the areas of ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic as well as material on the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education, and language.

Other Helpful Databases

Alternative Press Index
Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political & social change. 1991 to present.
Alternative Press Index Archive
Index of journals covering cultural, economic, political & social change. 1960 to 1990.
Anthropology Plus
Provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.
First Search
Major gateway to a number of subject-specific databases in a host of disciplines and areas. Links to Dickinson holdings and interlibrary loan.
Lexis-Nexis - Academic Universe
Access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world.
Covers all disciplines including social science, humanity, arts, literature and so on. Entries contain value-added content from a wide range of sources including newspapers, periodicals and books.
QuickFacts (U.S. Census Bureau)
From the U.S. Census Bureau. Facts about people, business, and geography based on the last census. Both state and national statistics are available.
World News Connection
A news translation service produced by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS)for the U.S. Foreign Broadcast Service, a government agency which monitors and translates newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, and official statements of foreign governments.
OCLC's catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. The most comprehensive database of published materials and library holdings.



Rambler: Словари Free English-Russian/Russian-English Dictionary

Yandex Dictionary Free English-Russian/Russian-English Dictionary Free online translation service for English-Russian/Russian-English


Dostoevsky Research Station An extensive collection of biographical and philosophical information, including 200 links to related sites.

Existentialism and Dostoevsky By Katharena Eiermann. Background on Dostoevsky's life and times, with quotations and an introduction to the writers thought.

Friends & Partners site on Russian Literature Information on Russian history, history, traditions and culture. Use Sidebar to navigate.

Duke University Libraries: Russian Resource Guide Resources related to Russian women, literature and more.

Russian Literature Online Russian literature in Russian.

The Pushkin Page Life, texts, culture and humor related to Pushkin.

Leo Tolstoy E-texts, images and biographical information.

Mayakovsky and his circle Works, essays and biographies. Translate to English by clicking the "English" button to the right on the page.


Revelations from the Russian Archives Internal workings of the Soviet system and U.S. and Soviet relations. A Library of Congress gallery archive.

Translations of Ancient Russian Texts Created by Daniel Kaiser from Grinnell College.

Soviet Archive Documents Russian documents made available by Info-Russ. Topics include: Soviet Communist Party and the USSR, and the world.

H-Russia Scholarly discussions of Russian and Soviet history.


Constitution of the Russian Federation The constitution of the Russian Federation, in English.

Election Guide Election dates, information and results broken down by country. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Seventeen Moments in Russian History Funded by the NEH (National Endowment for Humanities) it is a collaborative project by Macalester College and Michigan State University.

REESWeb: Russian and East European Studies Virtual Library University of Pittsburgh's database containing resources on Russian and East European Studies. Search by geographical region, culture or time period.

Orthodoxy and Iconography

Auburn University: Orthodoxy and Iconography Created by Dr. George Mitrevski. Includes iconography, folklore, customs, and orthodoxy links.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship Images of saints, Christ, Mother of God and icons.

Country Reports

Freedom in the World The annual survey of political rights and civil liberties. Searchable by country.

Freedom House: Nations in Transit 2012 Focuses on status of democracy in 27 former Communist states.

Country Studies / Area Handbooks On-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress as part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army.

U.S. Department of State - Human Rights Reports Country reports on human rights practices.

Human Rights Watch Info by country. Available in English or Russian language. Linked to "World Report 2012" and can view past reports as well.

Government Websites

Russian Federation Governmental Websites A collection of links to various Russian Federation Websites.

CIA Factbook Information on geography, people, government, economy, and more.

Russian Search Engine

РАМБЛЕР<RAMBLER> The most popular Russian search engine - similar to Google or Yahoo!.

Russian News

Правда.ру <> Politics, culture, world news, science and technology, economics, society and more.

The Moscow Times An English language Russian newspaper covering news, business, stock markets, opinion, art, travel and more.

Radio Free Europe: Radio Liberty RFE/RL Newsline is a daily report of developments in Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Yahoo! News:Russia Links to wire service stories.

MIT Index Index to Newspapers: Russian