Welcome to the Introduction to Slavic Information Resources, created and maintained by the University of Illinois' Slavic Reference Service! This guide was created with the generous support of the U.S. Department of State's Title VIII program. The idea behind this set of guides is to provide information for scholars working on Slavic, East European and Eurasian topics that will assist them with their research, both in this country and abroad.
A few points should be noted to make the guide easier to use. First, all call numbers you see listed are for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We hope to add additional locations in the future.
This is an evolving work and in many places, is not yet fully developed. We hope you will bear with us! Should you have any suggestions for materials to be added please contact the Slavic Reference Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or via other means. Reference works only please!
This is not a comprehensive list of resources. The focus on these pages is on the use of guides and research strategies. Where particular sources are of special significance they will be described in detail. You may or may not agree with the sources we have identified as "significant." They have been identified after years of work answering reference questions at the University of Illinois.
If you should have any questions or would like elaboration on any of the areas sketched out in the following pages, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Slavic Reference Service at 333-1349 or via the e-mail listed above.
The staff of the Slavic Reference Service have all contributed to this effort but special thanks must go to Jan Adamczyk, Angela Cannon, Julia Gauchman, Joseph Lenkart and Barbara Bulat of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Angela Cannon in particular deserves a special mention. She has contributed an enormous amount of material. This is mentioned here to make the scholar aware that these people are also resources that should not be overlooked. Jan Adamczyk and Julia Gauchman both have tremendous expertise in Slavic bibliography and have each contributed material in their respective areas of specialization. We have also had a great deal of help from many graduate assistants, including Mary Aquila, Krista Mantsch and Ellen Knutson in the early stages of the project, and more recently, Ivan Borisov. Ivan had the very challenging job of redesigning the entire site. Throughout the process he managed to remain always insightful and amazingly pleasant. He has done a truly remarkable job.
By the end of 2013 we should have basic guides in place for all 29 countries of the Slavic, East European and Eurasian region, and will continue to develop new guides (and update old ones) in the attempt to have something in place for researchers in all major disciplines for all countries and regions. In the meantime, our guides to the national bibliographies, periodical resources, and bibliographies of bibliographies for each country should be of assistance, and, as always, you can contact the Slavic Reference Service regarding your particular research needs.