Slavic Studies Research Guide
The purpose of this guide is to provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students with a starting point for the study of Slavic history, politics, and culture.
Finding Books on Slavic Studies in BobCat
To find books on Slavic subjects when the author and title are unknown, use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and conduct a Subject Heading (LCSH) search in Bobcat Standard or BobCat. To find appropriate subject headings, use those that appear on books records that you've already found in Bobcat, or consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), a four-volume set which can be found in all three reference areas.
A subject heading consists of a main heading and one or more subheadings, often including a period subheading. Some examples include:
Russia, Soviet Union, Russian S.F.S.R., Russia (Federation), Czechoslovak Republic, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic
Civilization, History, Economic Conditions, Politics and Government Intellectual Life
19th century, 20th century, 1801-1917, 1991-
Example: Subject Heading (LCSH) = Russia -- Intellectual Life -- 1801-1917
Bear in mind that many Slavic place names have changed during this century.
Intellectual life -- Russia
Intellectual life -- Soviet Union
Intellectual life -- Russia (Federation)
BobCat follows the Library of Congress system for transliterating Cyrillic alphabets into Latin letters:
A paper copy of the Russian transliteration table is available at the reference desk on the first floor of Bobst. Personal names, however, follow widespread usage, as in Dostoyevsky (instead of Dostoevskii) and Tchaikovsky (instead of Chaikovskii).
Catalogs and Research Guides
Introduction to Slavic Information Resources (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
The best online guide for doing research in Slavic studies
Croucher, Murlin. Slavic Studies: A Guide to Bibliographies, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 1993.
Bobst REF1 Z2483 .S554 1993
Zalewski, Wojciech. Introduction to [Slavic] Reference Works, 1996.
A very thorough guide to Slavic reference works.
Cyrillic Union Catalog. Library of Congress, 1963.
Bobst Microprint MP6
Lists holdings as of 1956 for the Library of Congress and many other U.S. libraries for Slavic books. Access by author, title, and subject. Often the only place to find older Slavic imprints.
A Guide to Scholarly Resources on the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union in the New York Metropolitan area.
The Social Science Research Council.
Bobst REF1 Z2491 .G86 1990
Many unknown or specialized New York City Slavic collections.
- Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History. Gulf Breeze: Academic International, 1976-95. 58 v.
Bobst REF1 DK14 .M6
- Bolshaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia
1st ed. 1926-1947 Bobst AE55 .B61926
2nd ed. 1949-1958 Bobst AE55 .B6 1949
3rd ed. 1969-1981 Bobst AE55 .B623
- Great Soviet Encyclopedia [English translation of 3rd edition of the Bol'shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia] 31 v. N.Y.: Macmillan, 1973-1983.
Bobst REF1 AE55 .B62313 1973
For the Soviet view.
- Entsiklopedicheskii slovar'. St. Petersburg: Brockhaus: 1890-1907. 43 v.
Bobst AE55 .E6 1890 and Microfiche MF1102.
Excellent for 19th century Russian subjects.
- Otechstvemnaia istoriia: entsiklopediia piati tomakh.
REF1 DK36 .O84 1994
- Russkii biograficheskii slovar'. St. Petersburg 1896-1918.
Bobst Microfiche. Check BobCat for paper edition.
- Bolʹshaia rossiĭskaia ėntsiklopediia
REF1 AE55 .B59 2004
- Novaia rossiĭskaia ėntsiklopediia v 12 tomakh
REF1 AE55 .N69 2003
Handbooks, Dictionaries and Surveys
- Shchapov, IAroslav Nikolaevich. Spravochnyi instrumentarii istorika Rossii. Moskva : Institut Rossiiskoi istorii (RAN) : MGU, istoricheskii fakul’tet : Nauka, 2007.
Bobst REF1 Z6373.R9 S53 2007
- Columbia History of Eastern Europe in the 20th Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992
Bobst DJK42 .C65 1991
Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. London: Europa, 1999. 4th ed.
Bobst REF1 DJK1 .E37
Riasanovsky, Nicholas. A History of Russia. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 7th ed.
Bobst DK40 .R5 2005
Rossiia: Entsiklopedicheskii spravochnik.
Bobst DK36 .P78 1970
Batalden, Stephen. Newly Independent States of Eurasia: Handbook of Former Soviet Republics. Phoenix: Oryx, 1997.
Bobst REF6 DK17 .B34 1997
Statistics, history, contemporary issues.
Handbook of Political Science Research on the USSR and Eastern Europe. Westport: Greenwood, 1992.
Bobst OffSite JN6524.H36 1992
Political Handbook of the World. New York: McGraw Hill, 1975 to date.
Bobst REF6 JF37 .P7 (Latest Only)
Bobst JF37 .P7 1997-
An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of the Russian and Soviet Empires. Westport: Greenwood, 1994.
Bobst REF1 DK33 .E837
Gyeszly, Suzanne D. Eastern Europe: A Resource Guide. San Bernardino, Borgo, 1994
Bobst REF6 Z2483 .G95 1994
Sullivan, Helen. Russia and the Former Soviet Union: A Bibliographic Guide to English Language Publications 1986-1991. Englewood: Libraries Unlimited, 1994.
Bobst REF1 Z2491 .S89 1994
Continues Horak, Stephen, Russia, The USSR and Eastern Europe: A Bibliographic Guide.
Burger, Robert. Eastern Europe: A Bibliographic Guide to English Language Publications 1986-1993. Englewood: Libraries Unlimited, 1994.
Bobst REF1 Z2483 .B89 1995
Edmundson, Vladka. The Czech Republic. Oxford: Clio Press, 1999.
Bobst Z2131 .S5 1999
Books and articles, mostly in English, about The Czech Republic. Arranged by subfield.
Sanford, George. Poland. Santa Barbara: Clio Press, 1993.
Bobst Z2526 .S26 1993
Books and articles mostly in English about Poland. Arranged by subfield.
Indexes (for Journal Articles)
American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES).
Bobst REF1 Z2483 .A65 (1967-1978, 1980, 1982-1990, 1993-1994)
North American English language journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, some books, government and research reports, book reviews. All disciplines, particularly history, on East Central Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union.
European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (EBSEES)
Annual index for Slavic studies covering European books, journal articles, and book reviews. Until 1991 this index was called European Bibliography of Soviet, East European, and Slavonic Studies
Historical Abstracts 1954-.
For all world history except North America since 1450. Covers journal articles, books and dissertations from the U.S., and journal articles from Western and Eastern Europe.
Public Affairs Information Service(PAIS) 1972-
Covers public affairs in Eastern European and former Soviet republics. Abstracts of English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese language journal articles, books, government documents, statistics, committee reports, and serials.
Economic and Statistical Sources
PlanEcon Report. Washington D.C. PlanEcon, 1985 to date.
Bobst REF6 Desk HC336.25 .P424, Latest Edition Only
Bobst HC336.25 .P424, 1987-Present
Weekly reports on political developments and economic trends in Eastern Europe.
EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) Country Profiles (Quarterly)
Reports on Belarus, Bosnia and Hercegovina, The Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, and others.
Russia and Eurasia Facts and Figures Annual. Gulf Breezes: Academic International Press, 1993 to date.
Bobst REF6 IntlRef HA1444 .U17, Latest Edition Only
Bobst HA1444 .U171993-Present
Index to International Statistics Bethesda: Congressional Information Service 1983-
Bobst REF6 Z7552 .I532.
Bobst REF6 Microform IIS 1- 1983-
Magocsi, Paul. Historical Atlas of East Central Europe. Seattle: University of Washington, 1993.
Bobst DJK .S93 Oversize
Gilbert, Martin. Atlas of Russian History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Bobst REF1 G2111.S1 G52 1993
- Brawer, Moshe. Atlas of Russia and the Independent Republics. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994. Bobst REF1 G2110 .B7
Dissertation Abstracts 1861-1996. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms. All U.S. dissertations.
Doctoral Research on Russia and the Soviet Union, 1960-1975.
Bobst Z2491 .D62
Dissertations on Slavic topics written in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. Continued (1977-present) with annual updates in the winter edition (no. 4) of Slavic Review. Includes dissertations on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
Wielewnskii, Bernard. Doctoral Dissertations and Masters Theses Regarding Polish Subjects 1900-1985: An Annotated Bibliography. Boulder: East European Monographs, 1988.
New School Reference Z2526 .W54 1988
Also see Doctoral Dissertations page for further information.