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Russian studies

Some useful resources for Russian studies are listed below.

Academic Search Premier

Access information: Available on and off campus.
Description: The Academic Search Premier multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
Coverage: 1911-present.


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Description: Indexes 13,000 journals in all disciplines. Many, but not all, records include an abstract. Now includes tables of contents, previously provided by the ContentsFirst service.
Coverage: 1990 to present.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index part of Web of Science Core Collection

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Description: Part of Web of Science Core Collection. A multidisciplinary index containing details of every substantive item in 1,200 arts and humanities journals, as well as references to books included in book reviews, and live performances, films, records, and television and radio broadcasts. Contains over 2 million references.
Coverage: 1906 - present.

Current Digest of the Russian Press

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Founded in 1949, The Current Digest was first published as The Current Digest of the Soviet Press (1949-1991), followed by The Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press (1992-2010), and now The Current Digest of the Russian Press since January 2011 (from issue No. 3, Vol. 63).

Each week the Current Digest presents a selection of Russian-language press materials, translated into English.

The translations are intended for use in teaching and research. They are therefore presented as documentary materials without elaboration or comment, and state the opinions and views of the original authors, not of the publisher of the journal.

Coverage: 1949-current.

Dissertations and Theses

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Description: Full-text of doctoral dissertations and master's theses from more than 700 universities worldwide.
Coverage: From 1861 to date.

Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics

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Description: 2005, second edition covers comprehensively the fundamental linguistic disciplines, with their applications to the study of language and other related disciplines. The online version supplements the written text with additional illustrative material, samples of spoken language or signed langague and videos of the use of language in context.


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Access information: On campus access only. Currently, this resource is available on 3 PCs via in the Princess Dahkova Centre.
Description: Integrum offers the largest database of Russian sources: Federal and regional Russian press, TV channels, websites, libraries and databases as well as full texts of classical literature.

Izvestiia Digital Archive

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Description: Among the longest-running Russian newspapers, Izvestiia was founded in March 1917 and during the Soviet period was the official organ of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Remarkable for its serious and balanced treatment of subject matter, Izvestiia has traditionally been a popular news source within intellectual and academic circles. The database platform offers the option to go to “All Sources” so that you can cross-search the content with the Pravda Digital Archive and other digital resources.
Coverage: 1917-2013
Note: Current issues can be accessed freely at
Access information: Access on campus or off campus via VPN - Following recent technical problems on the Jstor website, access to books as well as journal content published in the most recent few years may be intermittent 15/10/15.
Description: Full-text journal archive service providing access to complete back runs of all the scholarly journals currently available in JSTOR. Recent volumes are excluded, usually the last 3-5 years, but each year a further year is added to the archive.
  Each title is listed in DiscoverED.
  The collections currently available are: Arts & Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; Biological Sciences; Health & General Sciences; Ireland. The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.

During October 2015, Shibboleth authentication will be removed while Jstor upgrade their platform. 

There is an issue with the display of navigation icons on the JSTOR platform via EZProxied links.

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Description: The Literature Online English Corpus provides access to the Annual bibliography of English Language and Literature from 1920 to 1997 and also includes full-text of selected articles from 400 literary journals, over 350,000 works of poetry, prose and drama from the 8th to the 21st century with a huge library of criticism and reference material, including thousands of literary articles, essays, biographies, encyclopedia entries and links to relevant Web resources.

Literaturnaia Gazeta Digital Archive

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Description: Published weekly since 1929 by the Soviet Writers' Union, Literaturnaia gazeta has always served as the leading Russian literary newspaper. Established on April 22, 1929 with the support of the "father of Soviet literature," writer Maxim Gorky, Literaturnaia gazeta is a landmark publication in Russia's cultural heritage. With its focus on literary and intellectual life, Literaturnaia gazeta allowed Soviet Russia’s preeminent authors, poets, and cultural figures a particular podium for commentary, affording perhaps fewer restrictions than might be possible in other publications. Literaturnaia gazeta was considered the most open among newspapers of the Soviet era, and it remains popular among the intelligentsia in today’s Russia.
Coverage: 1929-2013
Note: Current issues can be accessed freely at

Oxford Language Dictionaries

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Coverage: The following dictionaries are available: Arabic/English, English/Arabic, Chinese/English, English/Chinese, French/English, English/French; German/English, English/German; Spanish/English, English/Spanish; Italian/English, English/Italian, Russian/English, English/Russian.


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Description: This is the complete full-text and full-image archive of the most important newspaper of the Soviet era. Pravda (or "Truth") was the official voice of Soviet communism and the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1918 and 1991.
The database is in Russian.
Coverage: 1912 – present.


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Description: This is Russia's largest reference site, with a unique collection of best Russian encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference titles and data on a wide range of subjects. The search interface can be switched between Russian and English, but the contents are in Russian only.

Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies

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Description: Describes material on the social sciences and humanities published in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe - books, manuscripts, dissertations, and articles from more than 10,000 periodicals. Updated bimonthly.
Coverage: 1992 to the present.

Voprosy Literatury

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Description: Authoritative Russian journal of literary criticism offering articles and transcripts of roundtable discussions dealing with issues of Russian and world literature, history and theory of literature.
The journal was founded in 1957, soon after the 20th Congress of the Communist party of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the era known as the "thaw" in USSR cultural life. It soon evolved into a major discussion platform for literary critics and scholars.
Coverage: 1957-present.


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Description: Global database containing tens of millions of bibliographic records on all subjects from 1000 A.D. to date, for all types of material catalogued by libraries, including books and digital resources, maps, musical scores, sound recordings, manuscripts, films, videos. No abstracts.