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Cary Gouldin
Humanities Liaison
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Oxford Russian-English / English-Russian Dictionaries
One of the most comprehensive English-Russian dictionaries available, containing more than 170,000 terms and phrases.  Call Numbers: Ref. PG2640 .O6 1990 (English-Russian) & PG2640 .W5 1990 (Russian-English). 

NTC's New College Russian and English Dictionary
Shorter bilingual dictionary, with 35,000+ entries and designed with Russian language learners in mind.  Call Number: Ref. PG2640 .N786 1996. 
Documenting Your Research
Properly documenting your research is a crucial part of the research process. Check out the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University as well as our own Guide to Documenting Your Research for detailed information about different citation styles and formats. 

To manage your sources and references, try Zotero or RefWorks
About This Guide
Red Square in Moscow, by Fyodor Alekseyev (1801)This guide provides an overview of resources in Russian Studies at Wheaton College's Madeleine Clark Wallace Library. Additional resources may also be available on the research guides for Art & Art History and European History

Image credit: Fyodor Alekseyev, "Red Square in Moscow" (1801). Via Wikimedia Commons.
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Encyclopedia of Russian History
Four-volume compendium on Russian history, culture, society, politics, and biography from the Kievan Rus to the post-Soviet era.  Call Number: Ref. DK14 .E53 2004

Dictionary of the Russian Revolution
Although somewhat dated, this dictionary provides good introductions to many of the events, people, places, and issues of the Russian Revolutions of 1917.  Call Number: ​Ref. DK265 .D49 1989. 
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HELIN Catalog Unrestricted Resource
​To find books and e-books, audiovisual materials, board games, and other items held by the Wallace Library or our partners in the HELIN consortium, search the catalog: 

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Browsing the Stacks

If you prefer research by serendipity, you will find the most relevant materials in Russian Studies in the following call number ranges: 
  • B4201-4279: (Modern) Russian Philosophy 
  • BX460-605: Russian Orthodox Church 
  • DK1-949.5: History of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Former Soviet Republics 
  • JN6500-6699: Political System and Institutions of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Former Soviet Republics
  • KLA1-9999: Russian/Soviet Law to 1992 
  • KLB1-6499: Russian Law since 1992 
  • PG2001-2826: Russian Language
  • PG2900-3698: Russian Literature


When searching for Russian-language books in catalogs in the United States, use the Romanization Guide for Cyrillic established by the Library of Congress and the American Library Association. 
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MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO) Restricted Resource
Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the MLA International Bibliography is the definitive index for the study of language, literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, folklore, and film, covering scholarly publications from the early 20th century to the present. 

Humanities Full Text [H.W. Wilson / EBSCO] Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Indexes journals in the disciplines of archaeology and classical studies, art, folklore, history, language and literature, literary criticism, music and performing arts, philosophy, and religion; includes over 320 full text journals; 1984 - present. 

Historical Abstracts [EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations pertaining to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (for U.S. and Canada historian, use America: History and Life); 1955 - present.  
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Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
"A project instituted in 1995 by the Gorky Institute of World Literature and the Informregistr Center at the Russian Ministry for Communications, and online since July 2002, FEB-web is, first and foremost, a repository of Russian verbal art and the scholarly and other texts vital to understanding it. FEB-web makes the canon of Russian verbal art available free of charge to anyone with internet access. FEB-web is also a unique analytical tool with functional capabilities that allow researchers to approach Russian verbal art in a fundamentally new way. In assembling its collections, FEB-web sustains an unprecedented level of bibliographical and textological precision — these are texts the most demanding researchers can trust. The key concept that makes all this possible is The FEB-web Digital Scholarly Edition (DSE). Each DSE combines an exhaustive collection of primary texts with all the essential secondary literature and bibliographical works you need to do research on a given author, genre, or work."

Seventeen Moments in Soviet History Unrestricted Resource
"Multi-media archive of primary materials designed to introduce students and the general public to the richness and contradictions of Soviet history. It provides a cross-section of Soviet life in seventeen different years... Each module covers politics, society, culture and economics, so that users might experience a given time through the words, sounds and sights that a common Soviet citizen would have encountered." Built by scholars from Macalaster College and Michigan State University. 

Soviet Pamphlets Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Digital collection of Soviet pamphlets, mainly from the 1930s and 1940s, held by the University of Texas at Austin Libraries. 
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Current Digest of the Russian Press Restricted Resource Some full text available
A weekly selection of Russian language press materials, carefully translated into English. The translations are intended for use in teaching and research. Available 1949- 2017. Continues Current Digest of the Soviet Press (1949-1991) and Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press (1992-2010).  

LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Some full text available
Indexes and abstracts U.S. and foreign newspapers, journals, transcripts, federal and state case law, law reviews, state and country profiles, company information and more. Many documents are in full text; dates of coverage vary.
ArcheoBiblioBase: Archives in Russia Unrestricted Resource
A comprehensive database of archives in the Russian Federation, ArcheoBiblioBase provides contact information, summaries of archival holdings, links to online finding aids where available, as well as information on conditions of access and use. Collaboratively compiled by the International Institute of Social History in the Netherlands, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and the State Public Historical Library in Moscow.