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General Bibliographies

Bibliographien zum Schrifttum aus und uber Osteuropa.

Bruhn, Peter and Volkhard Thiede (Series: Bibliographische Mitteilungen des Osteuropa-Instituts an der Freien Universitat Berlin.27) Munchen:Omnia Mikrofilmtechnik GmbH. 1992
U of I Library Call Number: International & Area Studies General Slavic Reference (Slavic) Q.015.47 F882b

This excellent catalog provides access to many of the bibliographic resources for the region. The catalog lists those materials available at the institute and is limited only by the contents of that institution’s library. The catalog is organized by country and then subdivided into subject headings.

Each regional section contains copies of the card catalog cards for specific bibliographies. There are extensive sections on national bibliography and retrospective bibliography for each country. This is a very rich source for the beginning scholar seeking an overview of the bibliographic coverage for a particular topic. The catalog covers all bibliographies on a region and topic and is not limited by language.

This is truly a copy of the library catalog entry and there are no annotations. But as a list of sources it is an excellent guide.

Croucher, Murlin (ed.). Slavic studies: a guide to bibliographies, encyclopedias, and handbooks.

Wilmington: Scholarly Resources Inc. 1993.
U of I Library Call Number: International & Area Studies General Slavic Reference (Slavic) and Main Stacks Q.016.947 Sl16 V.1-2

Croucher’s two volume work on Slavic studies is an excellent overall guide to resources in the Slavic field. He includes not only bibliographic titles, but reference resources of all types. The work is organized by country with a general section entitled “Area Studies” opening the first volume. Each section is preceded by a listing of the organizational headings used in that section. All entries include complete bibliographic information as well as Indiana’s classification number, the Library of Congress number is included in brackets in some cases. Occasionally, other holding institutions will be listed. The compiler did not include electronic resources in this volume.

For the less experienced scholar, this source requires a bit more finesse for several reasons. While it is extremely thorough, listing thousands of sources, the subject headings are somewhat idiosyncratic. Thus, Estreicher’s monumental bibliography of Polish publications is listed under Poland–Imprints. While this term is technically correct, it is probably not the “keyword” that comes to mind when one is looking for a bibliography.

Slavic studies is a wonderful resource, quite comprehensive in its coverage, but it does require some expertise on the part of the user.

Horecky, Paul L. East Central Europe. A guide to basic publications.

Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1969. 956p.
U of I Library Call Number: International & Area Studies General Slavic Reference (Slavic) and Oak Street Facility 016.943 H78e; Undergrad Z2483 .H56 1969

This classic bibliographic guide provides a wealth of resources on Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, and Poland. The volume opens with a general section of sources on east central Europe. As with Horecky’s other regional guides, each section is compiled by an expert on the area. Within the regional sections there are subject subdivisions. Each regional division has subject divisions on general references, the land, the people, history, government, economy, society and intellectual life. Each of these sections is made up of more precise subject entries an areas within that subject. In each section are a list of annotated publications: books, periodicals, and some articles. The bibliography is not limited by language listing significant publications in languages other than the vernacular. The volume includes works issued through 1968.

The annotations in these volumes are rich resources in themselves, often including citations to retrospective works on a subject. These additional references can be accessed through the main index in the volume. The annotations are succinct and descriptive.

Horecky, Paul L. Southeastern Europe. A guide to basic publications.

Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1969. 755p.
U of I Library Call Number: International & Area Studies General Slavic Reference (Slavic), Main Stacks, and Oak Street Facility 016.91496 H78s; Undergrad Z2831 .H67 1969

Another of Horecky’s excellent guides. Similar in its general organization to the East Central Europe volume it included entries on Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Yugoslavia. These sections are subdivided as in the other volume. The annotations are rich in information.