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Slavic Reference Service


The Slavic Reference Service: What We Do

Are you in the early stages of dissertation research and unsure of where to begin? Do you need help with locating items, conducting a literature review, or identifying collections of materials for your research? Do you need additional support for a manuscript in process? 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:

Questions and/or queries for us? Please send an email at srscite@library.illinois.edu 

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 that falls outside of what we offer for our duplication service, 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. 

Feel free to reach out to a member of our staff if you have additional questions about what services we offer.

Publishing Consultation Services

Publishing a first article or monograph can be a daunting task. Where should I submit? How do I choose a publisher? How long does the process take? How does blind peer review work?

The Slavic Reference Service is here to offer support and guidance through the publishing process for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career scholars. Our new Publishing Consultation Service is available to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies scholars year-round.

We can help with the following:

  • Identifying potential journals and publishers that are a good fit for your specific topic
  • One-on-one assistance with the peer review process
  • Offering tips and suggestions on transliteration systems and formatting references
  • Providing guidance on incorporating feedback from reviewers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why Should I Sign Up for a Research Consultation?

Research consultations with SRS staff allow patrons to receive specialized, reference-based assistance with their research projects at their convenience for no cost. If you are looking for project assistance in the area of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies, there is no better place to get said assistance than the SRS.

Are Research Consultations Only Available for Those Affiliated with the University of Illinois?

No! Our services are available to everyone and can be especially useful for graduate students, those working on dissertations, manuscripts, articles, or literature reviews.

How Can I Sign Up for a Consultation?

When you are ready to schedule your consultation, please utilize our Make an Appointment application and choose the date and time available on the calendar that is most convenient for you.

How Do I Access Blackboard Ultra?

After you schedule your research session through our calendar, we will follow up with you via email. Our message will include details about your session, including a link to join the consultation through Blackboard Ultra. This link is all you will need to join the session; therefore, there is no need to download or purchase any software before the consultation.

How Long Do Consultations Last?

A typical research consultation with a member of the SRS staff will last between thirty minutes and one hour; however, we are happy to arrange for shorter or longer consultations depending on your availability and needs.

What If I Need More than One Consultation?

If desired, we are happy to offer a series of consultations to either supplement a single research consultation session or support a long-term research project. Simply let us know how often you would like to meet, and we will work with your schedule and research needs.

What Topics are Covered During a Research Consultation?

While every consultation is customized to our patrons’ projects, we will typically provide an overview of resources relevant to a patron’s project and familiarize them with important collections. We will also go over local, regional, and international catalogs and provide strategies for conducting a thorough literature review surrounding the project’s topic. Any additional coverage of topics is up to the discretion of the researcher.

I am Working on Polish Literature. Do You Have Specific Resources for Poland?

Yes! We have Research Resources specific to each country in the Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies region. 

I Need a Copy of an Article You Have on Microfilm; Can You Help with That?

Yes! We can provide copies of short articles (limited to 20 pages) through our Duplication Service