Slavic and Eurasian Studies: A Research Guide

4. Periodicals, Journal Articles, and Book Reviews

There are thousands of electronic resources for use by Harvard students, faculty, and staff members, accessible via the Harvard Libraries web site. These include electronic journals, online databases and indexes for finding journal articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other specialized resources. Most of these resources will require you to log in with your Harvard ID and PIN. If you do not have a PIN, go to the Harvard PIN page to request one. If you are accessing these sources from within a library at Harvard you will not need to log in.

Below are some resources that are particularly useful for conducting research in Slavic studies (in alphabetical order).

Online Databases and Indexes

ABSEES (American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies) (Late 1980s-)
ABSEES Online is the electronic version of The American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies. It includes records for material published since the late 1980s, and is updated monthly.

Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)
Academic Search Premier (ASP) is a multi-disciplinary database that includes citations and abstracts from thousands of scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975-)
Arts & Humanities Citation Index, published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the database for articles that cite a known author or work.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) (1991-)
Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is designed to be a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 on that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from non-governmental organizations, foundation-funded research projects, and proceedings from conferences. It also includes links to international affairs centers, institutes, and resources; U.S., international, and foreign government sites; environmental studies web pages; and news media services.

East View Universal Databases
The East View UDBs are a set of fulltext journal databases on the subject of politics, government, and social sciences in the former Soviet republics, with chief emphasis on Russia.

East View Universal Databases. Social Sciences and Humanities Periodicals
The East View Social Sciences and Humanities Periodicals UDB is a fulltext journal database of major Russian journals in the social sciences and humanities.

Historical Abstracts
Historical Abstracts is a reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). This database offers annotated references to information on topics from the Renaissance to the present -over half a million entries in all. It includes key historical journals from virtually every major country. All abstracts are written in English.

JSTOR (Journal Storage)
JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization initially funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, dedicated to the development of a digital library in support of the arts and sciences. JSTOR is comprised of the full text of academic journals covering a wide range of disciplines (including Slavic). JSTOR allows browsing by issue and full text searching of individual titles, by discipline(s) or the entire collection.

MLA International Bibliography / Modern Language Association (EBSCOhost) (1963-)
The MLA International Bibliography, produced by the Modern Language Association, consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore, and includes coverage from 1963 to the present. It also covers relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies, and other formats.

Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies (Eureka on the Web) (1992-)
The Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies database covers material in the humanities and social sciences published in the Commonwealth of Independent States, in Eastern European countries, and elsewhere, including periodicals, books, and manuscripts.

Russian National Bibliography
The resource includes: Knizhnaia letopis' (guide to books published in Russia), Letopis' gazetnykh statei (citations of Russian newspaper articles), Letopis' zhurnal'nykh statei (citations of Russian journal articles), Letopis retsenzii (citations of book reviews found in the central and regional Russian press), Kartograficheskaia letopis (bibliographic information for all cartography and maps produced in Russia), Letopis avtoreferatov dissertatsii (indexes to all doctoral and masters dissertations abstracts throughout Russia), and Notnaia letopis' (index to Russian music-related publications).

Social Sciences Citation Index (ISI Web of Science) (1956-)
Social Sciences Citation Index, published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts (1992-), covering the journal literature of the social sciences. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work.

Ukrainian National Bibliography: Litopys Avtoreferativ Dysertatsii (2004-)
This journal, containing authors' abstracts of dissertations defended in Ukraine, is published by Knyzhkova palata Ukrainy and hosted online by Eastview Publishing. Access begins with July 2004..

Ukrainian National Bibliography: Litopys Hazetnykh Statei (2004-)
This journal, a bibliography of articles in Ukrainian newspapers, is published by Knyzhkova palata Ukrainy and hosted online by Eastview Publishing. Access begins with March 2004.

Ukrainian National Bibliography: Litopys Knyh (2004-)
This journal, a bibliography of books published in Ukraine, is published by Knyzhkova palata Ukrainy and hosted online by Eastview Publishing. Access begins with March 2004.

Ukrainian National Bibliography: Litopys Zhurnal’nykh Statei (2004-)
This journal, a bibliography of articles in Ukrainian magazines, is published by Knyzhkova palata Ukrainy and hosted online by Eastview Publishing. Access begins with March 2004.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
WorldCat is a union (i.e. collective) catalog of records of any type of material (books, periodicals, scores, films, recordings, etc.) cataloged by over tens of thousands of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) member libraries, primarily but not exclusively, from libraries in the United States, but extending to 82 other nations.

 

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E-Journals

The Harvard University Library system has access to thousands of journals, magazines, and newspapers online. Some are via subscriptions to individual electronic journals, while others are available through large full-text databases we subscribe to. The following list is a sampling of titles in Slavic Studies:

Communist and Post-Communist Studies

East European Politics and Societies: Provides access to full text of articles from 1987.

Eurasian Geography and Economics

Europe-Asia Studies

Journal of Cold War Studies

Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans

Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History

Nationalities Papers

Post-Communist Economies

Post Soviet Affairs

Russian Linguistics

Russian Review: Full-text articles (all but latest 5 years): for current Full-text articles (1998- )

The Sarmatian Review

Scando-Slavica

Slavic and East European Journal

Slavic Review

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Book Reviews

For information on finding book reviews, consult the following guide:

Finding Book Reviews by Fred Burchsted, Widener Library.

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Page Last Reviewed: September 16, 2010