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Archival Resources in Russia

Click on the blue "i" icon to find information here on some of the major archival resources located in Russia.

For more, see also the Fall 2015 Course Guide for RUSS 7010 (Proseminar in Literary Research) under the heading "RUSSIAN RESOURCES, LITERARY ARCHIVES, AND MUSEUMS FOR RUSS 7010: PROSEMINAR IN LITERARY RESEARCH".

Museums of Major Authors

Click on the blue "i" icon to find information on a some of the literary museums devoted to specific authors in Russia.

English-Language Resources


  • Academic Search Complete
    Large general database of articles from scholarly journals and a few newspapers covering a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Also includes reference books such as the World Almanac, American Heritage Dictionary ....
  • ABSEES: American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies - 1990-present
    Lists articles, books, dissertations, etc. published in the U.S. and Canada and covering all aspects of East Central Europe, Russia, and the other states of the former Soviet Union. For European publications use EBSEES.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography  
    An integrated research experience, Artemis Literary Sources brings together Gale's premier literary databases in a new digital environment that allows researchers, faculty and students to search across these resources to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways. No other publisher offers this unmatched combination of uniquely rich literary content, dependable metadata, and intuitive subject indexing - all enriched by features and design that breathes new life into the study of literature. As Gale makes additional Literary Resources available through Artemis, and if your library has access to these products, they will be automatically added to the Artemis experience upon release.
  • Arts & Humanities Search (OCLC)
    Arts and Humanities Search indexes more than 1,300 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals.

  • ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (1987- )
    Contains over 375,000 records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.
  • Book Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences
    This page is maintained by University Library staff to help you find book reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Current Digest of the Russian Press
    Under various names (Current Digest of the post-Soviet Press, Current Digest of the Soviet Press) this resource goes all the way back to 1949, and electronic access is available for the whole period. Each week it presents a selection of Russian-language press materials, carefully translated into English.
  • Dissertations & Theses
    Full text (PDF) of most dissertations accepted from 1997 on, some earlier works and some master's theses. Also lists dissertations and theses accepted from 1861 on in the US and at some Canadian, British, and other European universities.
  • Encyclopedia of Russian History
    Provides a comprehensive discussion of Russia's people, politics, economics, religion, and social systems; and is designed to complement the study of comparative politics, world history, geography, literature, arts and culture and world cultures. Entries span the period from the earliest beginnings of the Russian nation to the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.
  • European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (EBSEES)
    Lists articles, books, dissertations, etc. published in Europe and covering all aspects of East Central Europe, Russia, and the other states of the former Soviet Union. Ceased publication in 2007. For North American publications on eastern Europe use ABSEES.
  • Humanities International Complete
    Indexes over 2000 journals with full text for over 700 and for books and other publications. Topics covered include archaeology, art, dance, drama, ethnic and women's studies, history, literature, music, philosophy ....
    JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs ....
  • LexisNexis Academic
    News and business information from sources around the world; book reviews, biographical, and other reference sources; U.S. Code, constitution, and court cases. Includes many newspapers. Most entries are full-text, some updated daily.
  • MLA International Bibliography 1926-present
    Lists books plus articles and essays from journals and books on literature, linguistics, and folklore. Before 1956 covered only scholarship published in North America.
  • Periodicals Archive Online : PAO
    Search the full text of nearly 400 international humanities and social sciences journals published from 1770 to the 1990s. These journals with links to JSTOR and through Find@UVa to other collections are also indexed in Periodicals Index Online.
  • Reference Grammar of Russian
  • Russian Social Sciences and Humanities Journals
    A collection of major Russian periodicals from the social sciences and humanities. It includes journals from the Russian Academy of Sciences, plus important independent scholarly publications. Coverage usually extends back to about the year 2000.
  • Slavic & East European Information Resources: SEEIR
    Slavic & East European Information Resources serves as a focal point for the international exchange of information in the field of Slavic and East European librarianship.
  • The European Library
    The European Library is a free service that offers access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe in 35 languages. Resources can be both digital (books, posters, maps, sound recordings, videos, etc.) and bibliographical . Quality and reliability are guaranteed by the 48 collaborating national libraries of Europe.
  • Web of Knowledge / Web of Science  
    Formerly called the Web of Knowledge, WoS is one of the most current interdisciplinary journal indexes available. Not only a good index for articles and book reviews in the humanities, but also the place to discover who has been cited by others. Coverage from 1950 to the present. Core collection includes not only the Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, but the Emerging Sources Citation Index, current from 2015.
  • WorldCat
    Online catalog of books and other materials in thousands of libraries worldwide as catalogued by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).

Russian-Language Resources


  • Databases INION
    Bibliographic databases on social science since the early 1980's from the Russian Academy of Sciences (РАН) It includes more than 3.5 million records.
  • Fundamentalnaia Elektronnaia Biblioteka Russkaia Literatura i Folklor ( Russian Literaure and Folklore)
    The Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore ("Feb-Web") is a full-text information data-base of Russian literature, bibliographies, research, and historical and biographical works from the 11th century through the 20th century.
  • Izvestiia RAN. Seriia literatury i iazyka
    Scholarly journal devoted to history and development of literary genres, modern literary concepts, history of philology, and philological news.
  • Literaturnaia Gazeta
    Literaturnaia gazeta is a landmark publication in Russia's cultural heritage. With its focus on literary and intellectual life, it was considered the most open among newspapers of the Soviet era, and it remains popular among the intelligentsia in today’s Russia.
  • Mosfilm
    Allows access to over 500 titles from the major Moscow-based film company, available online for free. Contains classics such as "Kavkazskaia plennitsa", "Kin-dza-dza", "Ironiia Sud'by", and "Sluzhebnyi roman".
  • Novaia Literaturnaia Karta Rossii (New Literary Map of Russia)
    The major Russian literary database New Literary Map of Russia consists of three parts: Literary Russia - constantly updated with information on Russian literary processes in different regions;
    Section on the most important national and inter-regional literary projects (periodicals, book series, festivals, competitions, etc.);
    Virtual literary studio - index of all contemporary Russian authors with personalities and photo gallery.
  • Universal Database of Russian Social Sciences and Humanities
    A collection of major Russian periodicals from the social sciences and humanities. It includes journals from the Russian Academy of Sciences, plus important independent scholarly publications. Coverage usually extends back to about the year 2000.
  • Russkaia Literatura
    Research works and publications on the history of Russian literature.
  • Журнальный зал (Zhurnal'nyi zal)
    Zhurnal’nyi Zal: Electronic library of contemporary literature from Russian journals.
  • Летопись газетных статей
    Print-version, UVA-held bibliography of newspaper citations from every major newspaper in Russia for most years between 1955 and 1990. Compiled weekly.
  • Летопись журнальных статей (Letopis' zhurnal'nykh statei)
    A digitized serial publication that indexes Soviet-era periodicals from 1956 to 1971.
  • Энциклопедии и справочники (Entsiklopedii i spravochniki)
    Allows users to search the Большая Российская энциклопедия and the Малый энциклопедический словарь Брокгауза и Ефрона, as well as nearly 60 additional, smaller encyclopedias on various subjects.

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