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.

MLA International Bibliography


Coverage: 1884-present

Index of scholarly articles, edited books, and dissertations on literature, languages, film studies and folklore. Includes MLA Directory of Periodicals, which provides detailed information on periodicals covering literature and languages. For help searching MLA, see our Search Guide.

Transitions Online Premium


News from Central and Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. Includes searchable archive back to 1994 and annual country surveys covering politics, international relations, the economy, and social issues.

Other Suggested Research Tools

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.

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.

Early Twentieth-Century Russian Drama

Full-Text, Gateway

Information on the Russian modernist theater of the 1890s to the 1930s and the cultural milieu from which it grew. Includes production photos, set designs, costumes, and directors' sketches from the theater of Stanislavsky and Meyerhold; Chekhov; Mayakovsky and Bulgakov; Malevich and Tatlin; Stravinksy and Shostakovich. Searchable by production, designer, director, or artistic movement.

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.

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.

History - Russia/USSR


Skillman Library's list of select, online resources related to Russian/USSR history.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Imperial Russian Newspapers

Coverage: 1782-1918

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

Mosfilm Online Cinema

Visual Resource

Soviet films, with subtitles, from the archive of the Mosfilm studio in Moscow. Many are unfamiliar to western audiences. 



News and information from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Southwestern Asia.

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).

Slavic Studies: A Guide to Bibliographies, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks


Location: Skillman; Call #: DJK27 .S53 1993x

A guide to basic research tools in the humanities and social sciences for East European and Slavic studies.

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.

Soviet-Era Ukrainian Newspapers

Coverage: 1899-1939

Digitized collection of 5 newspapers (mostly in Ukrainian, 1 in Russian) covering Ukraine in the early 20th century.