Slavic and Eurasian Studies: A Research Guide

5. News Sources, Country Data, and Government Documents

News Sources

East View Universal Databases. Central Newspapers RUSSIAN
The East View Central Newspapers UDB is a fulltext journal database of newspapers from larger cities in Russia.

East View Universal Databases. CIS and Baltic Periodicals Flag of Russia Flag of Ukraine Flag of Latvia Flag of Lithuania Flag of Estonia
The East View CIS and Baltic Periodicals UDB is a fulltext journal database of newspapers and periodicals from the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

East View Universal Databases. Regional Newspapers Flag of Russia
The East View Regional Newspapers UDB is a fulltext journal database covering approximately 90 newspaper titles from outlying provinces of Russia.

East View Universal Databases. Russian/NIS Newswires Flag of Russia
The East View Russian/NIS Newswires UDB is a fulltext database of information from Russian newswires. is the online equivalent of Facts on File,the weekly news service that since 1940 has synthesized and preserved the essential facts of world events, as reported in the major newspapers and news magazines of the U.S., Canada, Britain, Australia, and elsewhere.

Harvard Newspaper Collection
Includes a selection of Slavic, Baltic, and Eurasian newspapers (1860-present). For a listing of countries, titles, and dates search the Widener Collection of Newspapers on Mircofilm, Newspaper Microfilm Reading Room, Widener Library.

LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis Academic provides access to thousands of news, business, legal, and medical publications and information sources, including: newspapers, newsletters, magazines, trade journals, wire services, and broadcast transcripts.

World News Connection (FBIS and JPRS)
World News Connection (WNC) provides online access to full text English translations of current non-U.S. media sources.

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Country Data

CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook is produced and published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides brief factual and graphical surveys of the economic, geographic and political conditions of some 267 countries, dependent areas and other entities.

EIU Country Reports (Economist Intelligence Unit)
The EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) Country Reports provide quarterly analysis and forecasts of the political, economic and business environment in nearly 200 countries.

ISI Emerging Markets
ISI Emerging Markets provides current, comprehensive country and company information from more than 500 sources for emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East-North Africa.

Kennedy School of Government International Research Guide
Includes links to resources and tools for locating statistics and information about foreign nations, international organizations, and geographical regions.

Numeric Data Services (Social Science Program, HCL)
Responsible for the acquisition and development of social sciences data resources, both in print and electronic formats, for the Social Sciences Program. The collection includes subscriptions to comprehensive databases and archives such as the Roper Center for Public Opinion, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

Census Data (Poland) Flag of Poland (click here for English version)
Polish version currently has more data, but there are plans to have the same information in both versions.

Country Directory of Internet Resources (Harriman Institute, Columbia University)
A set of links to electronic resources by country for the Former Soviet Union.

Country Directory of Internet Resources (Institute on East Central Europe, Columbia University)
A set of links to electronic resources by country for East Central Europe.

Portals to the World (Library of Congress)
A set of links to electronic resources by country selected by Library of Congress subject experts.

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Government Documents

Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS Online)
This unique reference product involves indexing, abstracting, and capturing on microfiche a large selection of U.S. government documents obtained from presidential libraries. These libraries receive declassified documents from various government agencies, including the White House, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department, and others. Until this Web site is complete also consult the DDRS CD-ROM index found in Government Documents (Lamont).

East View Universal Databases : Governmental Publications Flag of Russia
The East View Governmental Publications UDB is a fulltext database of journals issued by the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the Russian government.

The Foreign Government Documents Collection
This collection concentrates on legislative proceedings, budgets, white papers, annual reports, national statistical compendia, censuses, and other economic and social statistics. It also includes a link to foreign government agencies, organized by country and region.

Government Documents/Microform Collection
Harvard’s Government Documents/Microform collection consists of documents from the United States Federal government (1860-), the United Nations, and 160 foreign governments (including in Eastern Europe and Eurasia).

KODEKS Russian Law Database Flag of Russia
Kodeks provides access to normative acts of the Russian Federation, international law (treaties), regional legislation of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Moscow and Leningrad Regions and many other entities within the Federation.

Online Document Archive (Harvard Project on Cold War Studies)
Web site includes U.S. government documents on the Cold War (PDF format) in and links to other Internet sites with more declassified materials on Cold War History.

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Microfilms And Microfilm Collections

To find Slavic microfilm preservation projects at Harvard, choose one of the project titles listed below:

Harvard College Library Ukrainian Preservation Microfilm Project
Harvard Pre-Soviet Law Preservation Microfilm Project
Harvard Russian and Soviet Humanities Preservation Microfilm Project
Harvard Slavic Humanities Preservation Microfilm Project

For more information about microfilm projects, click here.

Selected Microfilm/Microform Collections:
• Early Printed Cyrillic books: Belorussian and Ukrainian Publications from the 17th Century -- 109 titles of religious, liturgical and historical works (1428 fiche)
• The Archive of the Moscow Printing House (Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv drevnikh aktov) (907 microfiches)
• The Papers of Prince Gregory Potemkin, 1655-1797 gg. (155 reels)
• Archives of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Chadwyck-Healey archive)
Documents from three central Moscow archives covering huge range of topics including the Gulag, prosecution of party members for infractions of discipline (Central Control Commission), the Russo-Polish War, the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, the social and ethnic composition of the Communist Party in the 1920s and 1930s, etc.
• Comintern Archive, 1917-1940
Mostly documents from the congresses of the Third Communist International.
• Smolensk Oblast Party Archive, 1917-1938
• All-Union Population Census, 1939
• Newspapers from the Era of the Russian Revolution and Russian Civil War, 1901-1922 (572 microfilm reels)
• United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archive – on war crimes in Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltics during WWII
• World War II Documents from the State Archive of Kiev Oblast – documents of Ukrainian forced labor workers
Voice of the People under Soviet Rule : from the Holdings on the People’s Archive (“Narodnyi arkhv,” Moscow, Russia) (90 reels)

For a discussion of Soviet era microfilm collections at Harvard, see "Archival Sources for Soviet History at Harvard Libraries & Depositories".

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Page Last Reviewed: September 16, 2010