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Databases

For an in-depth list of possible sources, here is a PDF link to our full list of recommended databases: REEESRecommendedDatabases. Below is a curated selection of starting points and our most popular databases for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies.

Selected General Databases/Starting Points

  • MLA International Bibliography:
    • Offers a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Languages Association, the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains over 2 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers.
  • Historical Abstracts:
    • A resource that covers the history of the world, excluding the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women’s history, history of education, and more. Provides indexing of more than 2,300 academic historical journals in over 40 languages.
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses:
    • This database is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses on social sciences.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts:
    • This database provides abstracts and indexing of international literature of political sciences and international relations. The database draws from more than 1500 serial publication, providing abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations and working papers.
  • Music Periodicals Database:
    • This database is an essential resource for music research. It provides indexing and abstracts for more than 400 international music periodicals, plus full-text for more than 100 journals.
  • World Biographical Information System (WBIS):
    • Contains biographical profiles of people from all centuries as well as all countries and regions worldwide. Compiles biographical articles from printed reference works published from the 16th to the 20th century, and reproduces these original documents as facsimile images on the screen.
  • Literature Resource Center:
    • Searchable database of full-text articles, essays, book reviews, plot summaries, poems, short stories, plays, and interviews with contemporary writers.

Selected Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies Databases

  • American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies:
    • Publications related to Slavic and East European studies. Documents include articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, and selected government publications on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union published in the United States and Canada. Coverage ranges from 1989-present.
  • Central and East European Online Library (CEEOL):
    • Central and Eastern European Online Library This database is an online archive which provides access to full-text PDF articles from 1069 humanities and social science journals, electronic books and re-digitized documents pertaining to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European topics.
  • Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies:
    • Covering more than 12,500 periodicals published primarily in Russia, the republics of the former Soviet Union, and countries in Eastern Europe, it cites and abstracts books, manuscripts, dissertations and articles. Coverage ranges from 1980-present.
  • EASTVIEW Databases:
    • There are several useful resources within this one provider’s database. The following list describes some of the resources found in Eastview; there are more on the website that the researcher can explore. In order to search or browse the databases individually, click the appropriate link within the list, found below the search box.
      • Pravda Digital Archive:
        • Full-text of the entire run of Pravda in pdf format, from 1912 to the present.
      • Russian Central Newspapers:
        • This database provides comprehensive coverage of national news, current events, economic developments and cultural events in Russia. This database currently presents newspapers from all seven Federal Districts of the Russian Federation and includes coverage of local issues of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Coverage ranges from 1996-present.
      • Russian Governmental Publications:
        • 34 Russian publications that monitor events from the Duma and Federation Council; monitors mainly the events in the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. It includes stenographic records of the hearings of both its houses, the Duma and Federation Council, and provides vote results, resolutions and legislative drafts as well as auxiliary information such as the schedule and agenda of legislative work.” Coverage ranges from 1991-present.
      • Russian National Bibliography:
        • Contains all 8 of the Russian National Bibliographic Publications, some retrospective to 1994. This database includes: Knizhnaia letopis’, Letopis’ zhurnalnykh statei, Letopis’ gazetnykh statei and several other National Bibliography publication on art, music and maps.
      • Russian Social Sciences and Humanities:
        • This database is comprised of all 31 journals of the Russian Academy of Sciences ranging from archeology to linguistics, as well as popular literary editions, and independent scholarly publications. New titles are added on a regular basis. This Universal Database grows retroactively. Full-text and full-image content of print editions is reproduced with original pagination. Coverage ranges from 1997-present.