Slavic Studies Research Guide

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:

Main headings:

Russia, Soviet Union, Russian S.F.S.R., Russia (Federation), Czechoslovak Republic, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic


Civilization, History, Economic Conditions, Politics and Government Intellectual Life

Period subheadings:

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-

Ethnic Studies

  • An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of the Russian and Soviet Empires. Westport: Greenwood, 1994.
    Bobst REF1 DK33 .E837

General Bibliographies

  • 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

Specialized Bibliographies

  • 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)

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
    Political focus.
  • 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.

World Wide Web Resources

For electronic resources see Slavic Studies subject page
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