Major Research Tools


Coverage: 1989 to present

Index of journal articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, and selected government publications on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union published in the United States and Canada. The online version of the American Bibliography of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Historical Abstracts

Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1955 to present

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history of the world, except the United States and Canada. Subjects include diplomatic history, economics, international relations, and political science.

Other Suggested Research Tools

AHA Guide to Historical Literature

Location: Call #: D20 A46 1995x

Highly selective, annotated bibliography of books and articles in every field of historical scholarship. Bibliographies are organized geographically and further subdivided by time period and topic.

Cold War Intelligence

Coverage: 1945-2008

Collection of over 2,300 "formerly classified U.S. government documents (most of them classified Top Secret or higher)" highlighting "the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in its efforts to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War." Includes declassified memos, reports, studies, speeches, and more from the CIA, NARA, Library of Congress, National Archives of the United Kingdom, and several Presidential Libraries.

Russian & East European Studies


Skillman Library's list of select, online resources related to Russian & East European Studies.

Specialized Collections

1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War


Online reference work on World War One with contributions from historians and researchers from many countries.

Digital National Security Archive


Collections of declassified documents covering US policy decisions around nuclear escalation and non-proliferation, the space race and military uses of space, and the Cuban missile crisis. Also includes collections of documents covering US foreign policy in relation to: Argentina; China; Colombia; Cuba; Mexico; South Africa; and North and South Korea.

First World War


Primary sources on World War I. Includes four thematic collections: Personal Experiences, Propaganda and Recruitment, Visual Perspectives and Narratives, and A Global Conflict.

Foreign Office Files for the Middle East, 1971-1981


Collection of documents from the British Foreign Office covering political relationships and significant events in the Middle East in the 1970s. Includes documentation on the involvement of the U.S. and Russia as well as the UK.

Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online


Summaries and transcriptions of interviews conducted between 1949 and 1953 with Soviet refugees who had left the USSR during and after World War II. Provides first-hand accounts of life in the USSR prior to the early 1940's. Interviews are conducted in either English or Russian.

Hoover Political Poster Database

Large collection of political posters from around the world, mainly from the 20th century. Useful for the study of the psychology and techniques of propaganda.

Imperial Russian Newspapers

Coverage: 1782-1918

Collection of digitized, searchable Russian language newspapers covering the 18th through the early 20th centuries.

Migration to New Worlds

Coverage: c. 1800-c. 1980

Major collection of oral histories, personal accounts, correspondence, shipping records, and many other primary sources covering the experience of migration from Europe and Asia to the United States, Canada, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books


Collection of declassified United States government documents on foreign affairs and national security since World War II. Documents are grouped by topic or region of the world and cover nuclear history, U.S. intelligence and government secrecy, humanitarian interventions, the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security


Primary document collections related to the development of NATO and the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War, their mutual threat perceptions, and military plans.

Russian Film Hub

Gateway to over 350 freely available Soviet and Russian films. Films can be browsed by genre, decade, country of production, or subtitle (the site emphasizes hosting films with subtitles available).

Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda

Visual Resource
Coverage: Early 1900s - 1980s

Documentaries and newsreels produced across the USSR, and in China, Vietnam, UK, and Latin America throughout the course of the 20th Century.

Wilson Center Digital Archive


Declassified historical materials from archives around the world covering the Cold War, Korea, and nuclear proliferation.

World War I Document Archive


Collection of primary documents relating to World War I. From the BYU Library.