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Slavic Reference Service

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The Slavic Reference Service – What We Do

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter how scholarly research is performed, we are committed to offering additional virtual bibliographic support, research consultations, and reference services.

Do you need help with locating items, conducting a literature review, searching with controlled vocabulary, or identifying collections of materials for your research? The Slavic Reference Service is here to help! The SRS handles bibliographic and reference questions in all subject areas connected to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Our specific purview involves the following consultation-based activities: 

  • Answering bibliographic and reference queries. 
  • Identifying materials in our collection and libraries. 
  • Verifying and correcting citations.  
  • Suggesting reference materials you might find relevant for your research. 

If you are looking for an answer to a general query, please fill out the Slavic Reference Service Query form; if you are looking to secure digital copies of resources held at the University of Illinois Library remotely, please contact the SRS’ Duplication Team through our Duplication Request Form. Finally, to schedule a consultation with a member of the SRS staff, please use our Make an Appointment application and indicate your location and affiliation. To learn more about our consultation sessions, please see the FAQ located below.

In addition to contacting the SRS directly, researchers can browse our Research Resources, which contain information on vernacular language print and electronic resources for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

What We Need

When scheduling a research consultation with staff from the SRS, it is important to keep in mind what details and materials our staff will need in order to best assist you in your research. All users are asked to supply the original source in which they found the citation to the material they are seeking; additionally, if you must have an answer to your queries by a certain date, please indicate that in your request. In terms of sourcing materials, we must know if there are materials that would not be helpful to you because of language constraints. Finally, if you are not affiliated with an academic institution, staff will need to know of this in order to conduct an Interlibrary Loan and make arrangements with your public library to supply you with your research materials.

What We Don’t Do

Finally, it is important to understand what services the SRS does not provide before scheduling a research consultation with a member of our staff. The SRS does not…  

  • Charge a fee for its services.  
  • Act as a document delivery service.  Should you need a copy of some material from our collection, you will be directed to our InterLibrary Loan Department.  
  • Obtain archival materials and the full text of dissertations. 
  • Recommend particular books on a topic. As we are all reference librarians, we are not qualified to suggest a specific text over another within any given subject area.  
  • Supply genealogical information.  
  • Advise on copyright related issues. 

In the event that the above text does not completely satisfy your questions on the nature of research consultations conducted by the SRS, please consult our About Us page, as well as the FAQ, for more general information about the Service and the larger International and Area Studies Library. If you have a specific question, please reach out to a member of our staff through the “Directory” section of the About Us page

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Although the Slavic Reference Service prides itself on the clarity of its communication, questions by researchers and patrons are all but a given in the world of reference consultation. This page of Frequently Asked Questions attempts to field the most common queries relayed to the SRS in a succinct fashion. As new questions are sent to and encountered by the SRS on a fairly regular basis, this page will be updated accordingly; therefore, this webpage can be seen as a living reflection of user concerns and the SRS’ attempts to respond to such concerns. This FAQ does not encompass all information related to the SRS and should be taken as a primer on common questions related specifically to research consultations.

Why Should I Sign Up for a Research Consultation?
Are Research Consultations Only Available for Those Affiliated with the University of Illinois?
How Can I Sign Up for a Consultation?
How Do I Access Blackboard Ultra?
How Long Do Consultations Last?
What If I Need More than One Consultation?
What Topics are Covered During a Research Consultation?