Russian and Central Eurasian Studies

Selected Resources for Research

Books | Periodicals | 


 Terminology: Useful Library of Congress subject headings to use in 

 library catalogs:

Former Soviet Republics 

Covers 1992- 


Covers the Russian Empire of the Czars - 17th century - 1917

Russia (Federation)


Covers 1992-present, except for Russia (Federation)—History—Revolution, which covers 1917-1921

       --Foreign Relations


       --Politics and Gov’t 


Soviet Union 

Covers 1917-1991

       -- Economic Policy


       -- Foreign Relations


       -- Politics and Gov’t



Library of Congress Classifications (a selected list)


History of the Soviet Union & Russia

Russia--Economic Conditions


Socialism, Communism, Anarchism

JN 6500-6598

 Politics & government of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation


International law; International relations

PG 2900- PG3580
Russian Literature

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg


At other Ohio Libraries 

OhioLINK Central Catalog

In North America, to be requested on
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)


Reference Sources

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Web sites, and Other Good General Starting Places:
    Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
In Russian (1950) -  AE55.B62
In English (1973) - AE5.B58
   Encyclopedia of Russian History.  4 vols. -   Ref. DK14.E53 2004
Historical Dictionary of Russia  -   Ref. DK36.R39 1998
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture - Ref. DK510.32 .E53 2007
Atlas of Russian History.  -  Ref. G2111.S1 G52 1993
    Encyclopedia of World Cultures. 10 vols.  -   Ref. GN307.E53 1991
            Volume 6 is on Russia, Eurasia, and China
    Statesman's Yearbook. Ref JA51.S7
Modern Encyclopedia of East Slavic, Baltic, and Eurasian Literature - PG2940.M6

 Russia on the Net - "The original Russian Web directory."  Browse the web in Russian
or English
Russia on the Web - A gateway to many sites on Russia generally.  Categories include Information         
& News; History, Religion; Society & Politics; Education; and Sites in Russia. - Russian-language web browser
 Russian and East European Studies Web - a directory of web pages covering all aspects of 
Russian and East European life
 Russian Embassy - The Russian Embassy provides much general information on Russia,  
well as guidelines for travel to the    Russian Federation.  In addition, press releases
and Embassy contact information can be found at this site
 Russian Studies - Includes links to both English and Cyrillic sites including Russian search 
engines, meta sites
for Russian studies, news and media, online dictionaries and newspapers,
 and discussion lists--among other
things.  A high-quality, extensive site.
Russian Law and Legislation Website - 
Royal Institute of International Affairs - Based in London
Harvard University's Caspian Studies Program
World Factbook - A CIA publication with lengthy country profiles. - Despite the title, this site is all in Russian

Statistical Sources
  United Nations. Statistical Yearbook/Annuaire Statistique.   Ref. HA12.5.U63
  United Nations. World Economic and Social Survey: Trends and Policies in the World
       Economy. Annual.  Ref. HC59.U347
  United Nations Statistics Division
World Development
- From the World Bank, this database provides comparative economicstatistics from around the world.


 Online Indexes to periodicals for Political Science Research

Academic Search Premier

Contains full text for more than 3,600 scholarly
 publications, plus article summaries for 900 more journals. 

    Masterfile Premier

General index to non-academic sources. Some full text.


Index to articles in economics.


MLA Bibliography
Index to articles on literature and language--a good source for literary criticism.  

New York Times - Historical   

Full text of the New York Times from its inception in 1851 through 2001.  Lexis-Nexis provides full text of articles back to 1980 and provides abstracts back to 1969.

Historical Abstracts

The index covers articles on world history from 1450 to the present. It includes abstracts for many of the articles.

Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies: Eureka on the Web

Indexes materials in the social sciences and humanities published in the CIS and Eastern Europe.  Not translated.

SocINDEX with full text

 Index, abstracts, and full text covering sociology.

International Political Science Abstracts
Produced by the International Political Science Association, this database includes current indexing and abstracts of the world's leading journals in political science.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 1975- June 2006

A basic index for journal articles in political science, international relations, law, and public administration and policy.    Some full text.

 Locating Journals:

At Wittenberg:

 Journals the Library Has: Electronic and Print

At other Ohio academic libraries:

OhioLINK Central Catalog  Note: you cannot usually get periodicals through OhioLINK.

Use  use Interlibrary Loan instead.)

Locating journals can be tricky, difficult, and generally exasperating. 
If you run into trouble, a reference librarian will be glad to assist you.

Periodicals, Newspapers, and News Services

Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty Newsline

News from all over the former Soviet Union, in the form of news clips, magazine articles, reports, and real audio.  This site also includes demographic and other basic information on the countries served by RFE and RL.

Based in New York, "EurasiaNet provides information and analysis about political, economic, environmental and social developments in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as in Russia, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. The web site also offers additional features, including newsmaker interviews and book reviews."

World News Connection

Was FBIS (Foreign Broadcast Information Service), which covers all areas of the world. Before August 1996, use FBIS: Central Eurasia (January 1992 - July 1996) or FBIS Soviet Union (January 1985-December 1991). Indexes for this are in the Older Index section of Reference; text is on microfiche.


20 years of full-text general, governmental & industrial news.  Librarian's tip: Go to Guided News Search (the default search). Select  News Transcripts as step one and Official Kremlin Intl News Broadcast as step two.  Then enter your subject search term(s) as usual, you will get good primary sources.

News and Newspapers Online

Maintained by the library at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, this site lists online newspapers from around the world.  Has many full-text articles.


News headlines and stories from the Cable News Network. Includes a fairly extensive archive of older stories.

Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press

Witt owns 1992 to date online  or in the Thomas Library periodicals collection. 

Current Digest of the Soviet Press

Witt owns 1962-1992.
Kept in Thomas Library periodicals collection 


Witt owns current 30 days
Kept with current newspapers 


Moscow News

Witt owns current 30 days.  Kept with current newspapers.  Also online.

Problems of Communism;

Problems of Post-Communism

Witt owns 1962-1992.  

Witt owns 1996-present.

Facts on File.
Weekly. 1940-.

Shelved at  Ref. D410.F3, Facts on File is issued weekly with news reprints that summarize the weeks events. The articles are usually substantial and relevant; frequently more useful than what you'll find in more popular weekly news media (Time, Newsweek, etc.)

Internet search engines:  


Criteria for Website Evaluation

Documents and Websites Recommended by RAST Faculty
Russia's Wrong Direction: What the US Can and Should Do

      Gulag: Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom - This is an online exhibit
        resulting from a 
partnership among the Gulag Museum, the National Park Service,
        and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.  This exhibit tells
        the story of gulags through both primary documents and
short essays. (Scout Report)

       Russian Embassy in Washington DC - Besides travel information, includes
            information about Russian government and culture, as well as news from Russia.
       The Eurasia Foundation  "The Eurasia Foundation is a non-profit organization supported by the United States Agency for International Development. Incorporated in 1992, the Eurasia Foundation has made over $335 million in grants to countries in the region, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, and Georgia. In general, the Foundation works within three broad mandate areas, including private enterprise development, public administration and policy and civil society. Visitors . . .may browse by geographical region, or by looking within the “Publications” area. This area contains annual reports, news briefs, and feature reports, which include recent titles such as “Opening the Georgian Military” and “Promoting the Non-Profit Sector in the Pamirs”. (Scout Report [KMG] )

Citing your sources:

American Political Science Association (APSA) Style Sheet
-- or check  the APSA Style Manual at Ref. JA86.A52 2001.

Return to: Thomas Library Main Page

Compiled by Regina Entorf  (
Last Updated: 6-19-07/RPE.

© 2007 Wittenberg University