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Karen Rondestvedt

Curator for Slavic & East European Collections

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Slavic Reference Librarian

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For material listed as “Link in Databases section,” go to Stanford University Libraries home page , click on Databases & Articles. Use the By Title A-Z list or search title of database. If that doesn't work, you can find the Slavic ones listed under the category Slavic and Eastern European Studies.
Academic Search Premier. Covers 1965- .
Multidisciplinary database providing full text for over 4,650 English-language scholarly publications, more than 3,600 of them peer-reviewed. Abstracts and indexing for 8,200 English-language journals. Link in Databases section.
American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES). Covers 1990-
Indexes scholarly books & articles published in North America. Before 1990, use paper version. Indexing here is way behind. Link in Databases section.
Bibliographie der deutschen Zeitschriftenliteratur. Osnabrück [etc.] F. Dietrich, 1896-1964.
AI9 .B5 Green Information Center
Primary German periodical index; covers all fields. Continued by Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur (IBZ)
C.R.I.S.: The Combined Retrospective Index Set to Journals in History, 1838-1974. Washington: Carrollton Press; 1977-. Z6205 .C18 Green Information Center
Articles in English. Dates refer to dates articles were published. Vols. 1-4=World history, alphabetical by country and region (vol. 2=Colombia - Europe, Eastern, Central and Southern; vol. 3=Europe, general through Latin America, general; vol. 4= Mexico - West Indies and Caribbean Area.); vols. 10-11=Author index. Useful for articles published before online Historical Abstracts begins.
The Current Digest of the Soviet Press and Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press [Columbus, Ohio, etc.]: American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies [etc.], 1949- .
D839 .C87 Green stacks
Weekly. Translated summaries of articles in Soviet press. Has its own indexes, but also indexed in PAIS and LexisNexis Academic. Available online beginning with issues for 1973 (find link in Socrates record or go to and click on its title). Complete archive will be online in several months. Current Digest can be used as partial index to articles in original Russian.
Digital National Security Archive. Full text of thousands of declassified U.S. documents that led to policy decisions. Includes collection “The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947-1991”: documents from Director of Central Intelligence, the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and others. Link in Databases section.
East View Universal Databases. Aggregation of over 300 full-text Russian (mostly), Baltic and NIS newspapers, newswires, magazines, scholarly journals and government publications. Language is predominantly Russian, but there is also material in English and a small amount in Ukrainian. Most newspapers here start only in late 1990s. Database categories: Russian Central Newspapers, Russian Regional Newspapers, Russian Social Sciences & Humanities Journals, Russian Parliamentary Publications, Russian Military & Security Periodicals, Russian/NIS Newswires, CIS & Baltic Newspapers, Ukrainian Periodicals. Lists of titles included in each category can be found by clicking on name of category. Most categories include material in English. Link in Databases section. In Databases section, each of the categories of Universal Databases is also listed separately.
European Bibliography of Slavic and East European studies. Paris: Editions de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Institut d'Etudes Slaves; 1975-1995. After that online only.
Z2491 .E87 HASRC (Lane Room) and stacks

Annual. Indexes journal articles, articles in collections, conference proceedings, scholarly reviews & books published in Western Europe only. Earlier title: European Bibliography of Soviet, East European and Slavonic Studies. Online beginning with 1991. Use link from Stanford University Libraries Database list. Indexing is way behind, but they have now indexed articles published at least through 2001.

Expanded Academic ASAP. Covers 1980-
Indexes articles and reviews in approximately 1500 English-language periodicals likely to be of interest to academics. Listings often include long abstracts, and there is even some full-text material. Overlaps partially with Academic Search Premier. Link in Databases section.
Historical Abstracts. Covers 1954- .
Indexes articles from major history journals published all over the world in many languages. For items published before 1954, use C.R.I.S.: The Combined Retrospective Index Set to Journals in History, 1838-1974. Foreign language coverage is considerably less in earlier years. Link in Databases section.
Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur aus allen Gebieten des Wissens. 1965-1999. Continues Bibliographie der deutschen Zeitschriftenliteratur. Continued by:

Internationale Bibliographie der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur. 2000- .
Both in CD-ROM at Information Desk.
German general periodical index.
LexisNexis Academic.
Index, abstracts and some full text of thousands of sources, some back to 1980s. Its particular strength for our purposes is news. Indexes Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press and its earlier incarnation back to 1983. Material indexed is in English only, as far as I can tell. Link in Databases section.
Letopis’ gazetnykh statei. Moskva: Vsesoiuznaia knizhnaia palata, 1936-
AI15 .L35 Green stacks; Hoover
Soviet/Russian general newspaper index. Works like Letopis’ zhurnal’nykh statei below. 1998- available online as part of Russian National Bibliography. Link in Socrates record and in Databases section.
Letopis’ zhurnal’nykh statei. Moskva: Kniga, 1926-
AI15 .L4 Green stacks; latest year in Green Information Center. Hoover has set through 2000, including issues Green is missing.

Soviet/Russian general journal index. Earlier title: Zhurnal’naia letopis’. Frequency has been weekly for many years. Does not cumulate. Arranged by broad subject, then alphabetically by author. Some years have proper name and geographical indexes, others don’t. Indiana University’s digitized version of 1956-1975: 1998- available online as part of Russian National Bibliography. Links in Socrates record and in Databases section.

Novaia literatura po sotsial'nym i gumanitarnym naukam: istoriia, arkheologiia, etnografiia. Moskva: INION, 1993-
Z6205 .N66 Green stacks Earlier incarnations of this bibliography in SAL-NEWARK.

Monthly. Well-selected scholarly articles, mostly from Russian journals. For other subjects covered by INION bibliographies, search in Socrates under first part of title above. Earlier incarnations were called Novaia otechestvennaia literatura po sotsial’nym i gumanitarnym naukam, Novaia sovetskaia literatura po obshchestvennym naukam and Novaia sovetskaia literatura po/o… For more information on INION bibliographies, see Wojciech Zalewski’s online Russian Reference Works <>. Scroll down to link INION Bibliographies. Majority of their contents 1992- available online in Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies (link in Databases section), but database is not updated very often.

Public Affairs Information Service [P.A.I.S.]. Bulletin of the Public Affairs Information Service and PAIS International 1915-
Access from link in Databases section (search: PAIS). Index of articles on public and international affairs. English and Western languages. Indexes Current Digest of the (Post)-Soviet Press, among other things.
Russian National Bibliography. Covers 1998- Searchable online version of 8 parts of official national bibliography, including Letopis’ zhurnal’nykh statei, Letopis’ gazetnykh statei and Letopis’ avtoreferatov dissertatsii. Link in Databases section. 1996 and 1997 available on CD-ROM; see Socrates for location.
World News Connection. Full-text English language translations of foreign television and radio broadcasts, newspaper & journal articles, press releases, 1996- . Before 1996, appeared in print as Daily Report: Central Eurasia (1992-1996) and Daily Report: Eastern Europe, among other sections. Before 1992 appeared under various similar titles in paper format (e.g., Daily report, Foreign Radio Broadcasts [ we have 1949-1967 of this]), most of which are retrievable with a keyword search in Socrates using FBIS. This search will also pull up topical reports on microfiche (example: FBIS Report: Science & Technology: Central Eurasia) and paper and CD-ROM indexes to this material. Link in Databases section.
Also see JPRS Reports on subjects, for example, Military Affairs, International Affairs (do title search JPRS Soviet.)
Zeitgeschichtliches Archiv.

Digitized press archive collected by newspaper Neues Deutschland. German-language articles from many sources, 1946-1992 (1 million as of May 2006). Searching is free; charge for copies.


Bol’shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia. Ed. S. Iu. Shmidt. Vols. l- 65 + suppl. Moskva: Sovetskaia entsiklopediia, l926-1947.
AE55.B693 Hoover Reference; supplement in Hoover stacks
AE55.B6 Green stacks (set may be incomplete); supplement in Green Information Center
Different vols. reflect different ideological moments.Valuable for, among other things, bibliographical references to hard-to-find 1920s-1930s lit. Supplemental vol. (Soiuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik, published 1947) contains articles by Pokrovskii, Lunacharskii, leading scholars.
Bol’shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia. 2-e izd. Moskva: Bol'shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia, 1950-1958. 51 vols. + 2 vols. index.
AE55 .B62 Green Information Center; AE55 .B693 ED.2 Hoover Reference
The basic “Stalinist” version of Soviet history. Excellent historians involved, including Grekov, Druzhinin, Mints, Nechkina, Rybakov, Tikhomirov. Ideological oddities: check out the Beria and Stalin listings. Vol. 50 is devoted solely to info on the USSR–geography, history, political, economic and social structure, culture.
Bol’shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia. 3-e izd. Moskva: Sovetskaia entsiklopediia, 1970-1978. 30 vols. + name index pub. In 1981.
AE55 .B62 1970 Green Information Center; AE55 .B693 ED.3 Hoover Reference
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and the Former Soviet Union. 2nd ed. Ed. Archie Brown, Michael Kaser, Gerald S. Smith. Cambridge [Cambridgeshire]; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
DK14 .C35 1994 HASRC (Lane Room); DK14 .C35 1994 Hoover Reference
Lavishly illustrated, useful charts and maps. Long thematic essays, not short entries. Earlier edition has different topics.
Entsiklopedicheskii slovar’ Tovarishchestva “Br. A. i I. Granat i Ko.” 7th ed. Ed. V. Ia. Zheleznov. Vols. l-55, 57-58, Suppl. 1. Moskva, l9l0-48. Reprint, Moskva: 1993-
AE55.E62 ED.7 Hoover Reference; AE55 .E66 1993 Green Information Center

Later vols. contain information on early Soviet period not found elsewhere. Vol. 56 and 2nd suppl. never published. Some vols. in several pts. Lenin contributed articles on “Marx” and “Agrarnyi vopros v Rossii.”

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia. New York, Macmillan 1973-1983. 31 vols. + index.
AE55.B6213 Green Information Center; AE55 .B6932 Hoover Reference
Translation of 3rd edition of Bol’shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia. Articles arranged in order in which they’re found in Russian original; use index to find where article you want is. Includes bibliographies.
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Russia and the Soviet Union. Ed. Michael T. Florinsky. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961. 624 p.
DK14 .M26 Green stacks; DK36 .M147 Hoover stacks; also in Law Library
Still useful long articles by American scholars on various thematic topics.
The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian History. Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press, 1976- 60 vols. + supplements, still being published.
DK14 .M6 Green Information Center; DK14 .M6 Hoover Reference
Prof. Kollmann writes, “Odd principle of selection of articles: articles recruited from contemporary American scholars; when none could be found, articles were translated from Sovetskaia istoricheskaia entsiklopediia. Thus, uneven coverage. That practice may have stopped in supplement.” Previous title: The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History.

The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet Literature. Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press, 1977- 10 vols. so far, still being published.
PN849 .R9 M6 Green Information Center
Title changed with vol. 10 to The Modern encyclopedia of East Slavic, Baltic and Eurasian literatures. Includes émigré literatures. Articles presumably solicited as for entry above.
Rossiiskaia tsivilizatsiia: etnokul’turnye i dukhovnye aspekty: entsiklopedicheskii slovar’. Moskva: Respublika, 2001. 543 p.
DK32 .R674 2001 Green stacks
Рубрикон: крупнейший энциклопедический ресурс Интернета.
Includes full text and pictures of Bol’shaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia, 3rd ed. and many other resources. Use Cyrillic keyboard on your computer or keyboard provided on site for searching. You must pay for access, but it is not expensive. (Site does not yet have an adequate way to provide access to libraries.)
Словари и эциклопедии On-Line.
Includes Entsiklopediia Brokgauza i Efrona, Bol’shoi entsiklopedicheskii slovar’, Istoricheskii slovar’ and many other dictionaries. Access is free. Cyrillic keyboard program required on your computer for searching.
Sovetskaia istoricheskaia entsiklopediia. Moskva: Sovetskaia entsiklopediia, 1961-76. 16 vols.
D9.S64 HASRC (Lane Room); D9.S72 Hoover Reference
Includes all history, not just Russian or Soviet. Somewhat Stalinist in tone, but useful. Good brief bibliogs to each article. Also chronologies, portraits, maps, etc.
To find additional encyclopedias:
Lyons, Johann. Russian Encyclopedias, 1944-1974: An Annotated Bibliography. Boras [Sweden] : [Lyons], 1976.
Z5849.R9 L95 Green Information Center
For newer ones, try the subject search SOVIET UNION ENCYCLOPEDIAS.
For encyclopedias on specific topics, try keyword subject search on Socrates [topic Soviet Union encyclopedias]. For example, FEMINISM SOVIET UNION ENCYCLOPEDIAS brings up this:
Encyclopedia of Russian Women's Movements. Ed. Norma Corigliano Noonan and Carol Nechemias.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2001.
HQ1665.15 .E5 2001 HASRC (Lane Room)
Also available to Stanford users at: (or access by clicking on link from Socrates record)


Alekseev, D. I. Slovar’ sokrashchenii russkogo iazyka: okolo 17,700 sokrashchenii. Izd. 3-e, s prilozheniem novykh sokr. Moskva: Russkii iazyk, 1983.
PG2693.A37 1983 Green Information Center and stacks; PG2693.A366 1983 Hoover Reference
If abbreviation not in here or Scheitz, try older dictionary near same call no. in stacks.

Armstrong, G. P. Chronology of Soviet History, 1917-1984. Ottawa, Canada: Dept. of National Defence, Establishment, Directorate of Strategic Analysis, [1985].

DK36 .A76 1985 Hoover Reference
Gorskaia, M. V. Anglo-russkii i russko-angliiskii slovar’ geograficheskikh nazvanii. Moskva: Russkii iazyk, 1993
G103.G66 1993 Green stacks; G103.G66 1994 Hoover stacks
Laird, Roy D. A Soviet Lexicon. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1988.
DK266.3 .L27 1988 Green stacks; DK266.3 .L27 1988 Hoover Reference
Terms in English translation.

McCrea, Barbara P. The Soviet and East European Political Dictionary. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio; 1984.

DJK6.M31 1984 Green Information Center; DJK6.M33 1984 Hoover Reference
Mowbray, Stephen de. Key Facts in Soviet History. London: Pinter, 1990-
DK266.D394 1990 Green stacks; DK266.D384 1990 Hoover Reference
Only one vol. published so far; covers 1917 to 22 June 1941.
Paxton, John. Encyclopedia of Russian History: From the Christianization of Kiev to the Break-Up of the U.S.S.R. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, c1993.
DK36.P39 1993 HASRC (Lane Room); DK36.P39 1993 Hoover Reference
Scheitz, Edgar. Dictionary of Russian Abbreviations: Containing About 40,000 Abbreviations. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier, 1986.
PG2693.S28 1986 Green Information Center; PG2693.S28 1986 Hoover Reference
Slovar’ sovetskikh terminov i naibolee upotrebitel’nykh inostrannykh slov: ob”iasnenie sokrashchenii i novykh poniatii, voshedshikh v razgovornuiu i literaturnuiu rech’ pri sovetskoi vlasti. Nizhnii-Novgorod: Shkola-tip. im. V.G. Korolenko, 1924.
PG2630 .S637 1924 Hoover Reference
Weeks, Albert L. Brassey's Soviet and Communist Quotations. Washington: Pergamon-Brassey's, 1987.
HX73 .B7 1987 Green Information Center; HX73 .B7 1987 Hoover Reference
Includes subject index.

Wilczynski, Jozef. An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Marxism, Socialism and Communism. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter, 1981.

HX17 .W54 Green Information Center and stacks; HX17 .W54 Hoover Reference
Includes some Russian terms and Russian abbreviations.


Biographisches Archiv der Sowjetunion (1917-1991). München: K.G. Saur, [1999].
MFICHE 2713 Green Media-Microtext
All the “biographical archives” have printed guides in Media-Microtext.
Deutsches biographisches Archiv = German Biographical Archive. Munchen: K.G. Saur, 1983-
MFICHE 553 Green Media-Microtext
8-vol. index of this: Deutscher biographischer Index, CT1054 .D48 2004, Green Information Center
Jüdisches biographisches Archiv = Jewish Biographical Archive. München: K.G. Saur, [1994?]
MFICHE 2715 Green Media-Microtext
Slocum, Robert B. Biographical Dictionaries and Related Works. 2nd ed. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co.; 1986.
Z5301.S55 Green Information Center
Vol. 1=Universal biography; vol.2=National or area biography.
The Soviet Biographic Archive, 1954-1985 Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1986.
CT1213 .S685 1986 Hoover microfiche
Biographical clippings and abstracts arranged by name, according to the Russian alphabet.
Vronskaya, Jeanne and Vladimir Chuguev. The Biographical Dictionary of the Former Soviet Union: Prominent People in All Fields from 1917 to the Present. London: Bowker-Saur, c1992.
CT1213.V76 1992F Green Information Center; CT1213 .V762 1992 Hoover Reference
Information on famous individuals may also be available as a whole book devoted to that person. Do a subject search in Socrates using the person’s name. Such works will often include long bibliographies. For example, a subject search on STALIN JOSEPH produces this:
Rappaport, Helen. Joseph Stalin: A Biographical Companion. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1999.
DK268 .S8 .R337 1999 Green stacks


Bibliografiia sovetskoi bibliografii. Moskva: Vsesoiuznaia knizhnaia palata, 1939-.
Z2491.A1 V75 HASRC (Lane Room); Z2491.A1 V98 Hoover stacks
Changes title in 1991 to Bibliografiia rossiiskoi bibliografii. Bibliography of bibliographies on all topics published in Soviet Union, then Russia.
Bibliographies in History: An Index to Bibliographies in History Journals and Dissertations. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio, 1988. 2 vols.
Z1236 .B48 1988 Green Information Center
Vol. 2 covers countries other than U.S. and Canada
Croucher, Murlin. Slavic Studies: A Guide to Bibliographies, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1993. 2 vols. + supplement.
Z2483 .S554 1993 HASRC (Lane Room); Z2483 .S554 1993 Hoover Reference
Fitzpatrick, Sheila and Lynne Viola. A Researcher's Guide to Sources on Soviet Social History in the 1930s. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, c1990.
Z7165.S65R47 1990 HASRC (Lane Room); Z7165.S65R47 1990 Hoover Reference
Gorbatov, A. L. Istoriia kollektivizatsii sel'skogo khoziaistva SSSR: bibliograficheskii ukazatel' otechestvennoi literatury za 1966-1968 gg. v kolichestve 604 nazvanii. Moskva: TSentral'naia nauchnaia sel'skokhoziaistvennaia biblioteka, 1968.
Z5075.R9 M878 Hoover stacks
Guchek, T. S. Bibliografiia po voprosam razmeshcheniia i raionirovaniia promyshlennosti SSSR, 1958-1964. Moskva: Nauka, 1966.
Z7165 .R9 A30 Hoover stacks
Guchek, T. S. Bibliografiia po voprosam razmeshcheniia i raionirovaniia promyshlennosti SSSR, 1901-1957. Moskva: Akademiia nauk SSSR, 1960.
Z7165.R9 A31 Hoover stacks
Horak, Stephan M. Russia, the USSR, and Eastern Europe : A Bibliographic Guide to English Language Publications, 1964-1974. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited; 1978.
Z2483.H54 HASRC (Lane Room); Z2483.H54 Hoover Reference
Supplements up through 1985, then continued by:
Sullivan, Helen F. and Robert H. Burger. Russia and the Former Soviet Union: A Bibliographic Guide to English Language Publications, 1986-1991. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1994.
Z2491 .S89 1994 HASRC (Lane Room); Z2491 .S84 1994 Hoover Reference
Sullivan, Helen F. and Robert H. Burger. Russia and Eastern Europe: A Bibliographic Guide to English Language Publications, 1992-1999. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 2001.
On order.
Horecky, Paul L., ed. Basic Russian Publications: An Annotated Bibliography on Russia and the Soviet Union. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962.
Z2491.H6 HASRC (Lane Room); Z2491.H811 Hoover Reference
Sources (entirely in Russian) on all aspects of humanities and social sciences.
Horecky, Paul L., ed. Russia and the Soviet Union: A Bibliographic Guide to Western-Language Publications. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1965.
Z2491.H64 HASRC (Lane Room), Green stacks, SAL; Z2491.H812 Hoover Reference
Istochnikovedenie istorii sovetskogo obshchestva: ukazatel' literatury. Moskva: Akademiia nauk SSSR, In-t istorii SSSR, 1987-
Z2510.I77 1987 HASRC (Lane Room)
Istoriia SSSR : annotirovannyi perechen' russkikh bibliografii, izdannykh do 1965 g. Izd. 2-e, pererab. i dop. Moskva: Kniga, 1966.
Z2491.A1 M6 1966 Green stacks; Z2491 .A1 M62 ED.2 Hoover stacks
Good, long annotations on bibliographies from l8th century to l965, on history of USSR and its peoples, on specific themes, on periodicals, on individual historians, on sources, etc. Very useful.
Kanet, Roger E. Soviet & East European Foreign Policy: A Bibliography of English- & Russian-Language Publications 1967-1971. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1974.
Z6465.R9K3 Green Information Center, SAL; Z2510.K16 Hoover stacks
Kazmer, Daniel R. and Vera Kazmer. Russian Economic History: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1977.
Z7165.R9.K34 Green stacks
Luckert, Yelena. Soviet Jewish History, 1917-1991: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1992.
Z6373.R9L83 1992 Green Information Center
Maichel, Karol. Guide to Russian Reference Books. Ed. J.S.G. Simmons. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, l962-
Z2000 .S7 HASRC (Lane Room); Z2491 .M25 Green stacks; D509 .H789, Z2491 .M217 Hoover Reference
Important work with g ood annotations. Vol. 1 covers national bibliographies, bibliographies of periodicals; includes chapters on encyclopedias and basic reference works. Vol. 2 covers bibliographies on Russian history, historical journals, specific historical themes, source work and auxiliary disciplines, and on the regions and republics.
Masanov, IU.I. Ukazateli soderzhaniia russkikh zhurnalov i prodolzhaiushchikhsia izdanii 1755-1970 gg. Moscow 1975. With a new introduction and additional items published from 1971 through to 1979 by P. Clendenning. Newtonville, MA: Oriental Research Partners, 1979.
Z6956.R9 M37 1979 HASRC (Lane Room) , Green stacks; Z6956 .R9 M41 Hoover Reference, Hoover stacks
Indexes to journals & other periodicals, but NOT newspapers.

Mehnert, Klaus. Die Soviet-Union, 1917-1932 : systematische, mit Kommentaren versehene Bibliographie der 1917-1932 in deutscher Sprache ausserhalb der Soviet-Union veröffentlichten 1900 wichtigsten Bücher und Aufsätze über den Bolschewismus und die Soviet-Union. Königsberg, Pr.: Im Ost-Europa-Verlag, 1933.

Z2510.M43 1933 Hoover stacks; Z2510.M498 Hoover stacks
Morley, Charles. A Guide to Research in Russian History. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1951.
Z2506.M85 Green stacks; Z2506.M864 Hoover Reference
Nitkina, N.V. Guide to Bibliographies of Russian Periodicals and Serial Publications, 1728-1985. 2nd ed., corr. and enl. Commack, NY: Nova Science Publishers, c1993.
Z6293 .N58 1993 HASRC (Lane Room)
Pinkus, B. and A.A. Greenbaum. Russian Publications on Jews and Judaism in the Soviet Union, 1917-1967: A Bibliography. Jerusalem: Society for Research on Jewish Communities, The Historical Society of Israel, 1970.
Z6373.R9P5 HASRC (Lane Room); Z6373.R9P65 Hoover stacks (library use only)
Russian Studies, 1941-1958 : A Cumulation of the Annual Bibliographies from the Russian Review. Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press; 1972. (Cumulated bibliography series; No. 4)
Z2491.R94 HASRC (Lane Room); Z2491 .R971 Hoover stacks
(Russian Review still publishes annual bibliographies.)
Zalewski, Wojciech. Russian Reference Works [online]. Go to Stanford’s Slavic and East European Collections page <>, scroll down to Slavic Reference Sources, click on link Russian Bibliographic and Non-Bibliographic Sources.


Government and Party
The General Department of the Central Committee, 1953-1966 [microform] = Obshchii otdel TSK KPSS, 1953-1966 gody / from the holdings of the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History, Moscow, Russia.
[Woodbridge, CT] : Research Publications, 2000.
118 microfilm reels.
MFILM N.S. 15770, DK274 .G375 2000 (Guide) Both in Green Media-Microtext
Plenums of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1941-1990 [microform] : from the holdings of the Russian State Archive of Contemporary History, Moscow. Woodbury, CT: Research Publications, 2001.
181 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. + 690 microfiche (11 x 15 cm.) + 1 guide.
MFILM N.S. 16486, MFICHE 2978 Green Media-Microtext
Full debate records, including “uncorrected” versions.
To find stenographic records of Party congresses, do a keyword search (“Search Everything”) KOMMUNISTICHESKAIA AND SEZD AND STENOGRAFICHESKII. You will find, for example,
Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza. S”ezd (20. : 1956 : Moscow, R.S.F.S.R.) Stenograficheskii otchet. Moskva, Gos. izd-vo polit. lit-ry, 1956. 2 vols.
JN6598 .K5 1956C Green stacks; Hoover
To find other material from and about a particular Party congress, do a keyword search KOMMUNISTICHESKAIA AND SEZD AND [NUMBER OF CONGRESS] AND [YEAR OF CONGRESS], e.g. KOMMUNISTICHESKAIA AND SEZD AND 20 AND 1956. This will produce material in both Russian and English. Stanford and Hoover together have a very complete collection of this sort of material, so you should be able to find what you’re looking for.
Sources to look up which Party congress made particular decisions:
Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza. Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza v rezoliutsiiakh i resheniiakh s"ezdov, konferentsii i plenumov TsK, 1898-1970. Izd. 8-e, dop. Moskva: Gos. izd-vo polit. lit-ry, 1970-.
HX314.Z7 K82 ED.8 Hoover stacks
Spravochnyi tom k vos’momu izdaniiu "KPSS v rezoliutsiiakh i resheniiakh s”ezdov, konferentsii i plenumov TsK”. Izd. 2-e, dop. Moskva: Izd-vo polit. lit-ry; 1984.
HX314.Z7 K82 1984 INDEX Hoover stacks
Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza. Kommunisticheskaia partiia Sovetskogo Soiuza v rezoliutsiiakh i resheniiakh s”ezdov, konferentsii i plenumov TsK, 1898-1986. Izd 9-oe, dop. i ispr. Moskva: Izd-vo polit. lit-ry, 1983- 15 vols.
HX314.Z7 K82 1983 Hoover stacks
McNeal, Robert H. Guide to the Decisions of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union = Ukazatel’ reshenii Kommunisticheskoi partii Sovetskogo Soiuza, 1917-1967. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972.
Z7165.R9.M3 Green stacks; HX314.Z7 M169 Hoover stacks
Walker, Gregory. Official Publications of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1945-1980: A Select, Annotated Bibliography. London: Mansell, 1982.
Z2483.W17 O13 HASRC (Lane Room), Green Government Documents, Green stacks; Z2483 .O4 Hoover Reference
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Some Additional Large Sets of Primary Sources Held by Stanford

British Documents on Foreign Affairs--Reports and Papers from the Foreign Office Confidential Print. Part II, From the First to the Second World War. Series A, the Soviet Union, 1917-1939. [Frederick, Md.]: University Publications of America, 1984-1992. 17 vols.
JZ632 .B75F PT Green stacks
British Documents on Foreign Affairs--Reports and Papers from the Foreign Office Confidential Print. Part III, From 1940 through 1945. Series A, The Soviet Union and Finland. [Bethesda, Md.]: University Publications of America, c1997. 6 vols.
JZ632 .B75F PT Green stacks
British Documents on Foreign Affairs--Reports and Papers from the Foreign Office Confidential Print. Part IV, From 1946 through 1950. Series A, Soviet Union and Finland. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1999- 5 vols. so far
JZ632 .B75F PT Green stacks
British Foreign Office: Russia Correspondence, 1906-1945: Guide to the Scholarly Resources Microfilm Edition of the Public Record Office Collection: Text F.O, 371, Registers, F.O. 566. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1976.
CD1051 .A7 Green SSRC Reading Room
Microfilm set itself is MFILM N.S. 1604 in Green Media-Microtext
There are also several related sets of microfilm, for periods 1941-1945 and 1946-1948 and guides to them. See also below.
Foreign Office files for the Soviet Union [microform]. Marlborough, Wiltshire, England : Adam Matthew Publications, 2001-
Documents from British Foreign Office. Guide included at the front of each reel. So far we have only pt. 1: Complete files for 1960 (11 reels).
MFILM N.S. 15973 Media-Microtext
Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files [Microform]: The Soviet Union, Foreign Affairs, 1945-1949. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America,1984.
DK267 .C745 Hoover Microfilms
Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files [Microform]: The Soviet Union, Internal Affairs, 1945-1949.

Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, c1984.

DK267 .C7452 Hoover Microfilms
Lester, Robert. A Guide to Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files: The Soviet Union, Internal Affairs, 1945-1949 and Foreign Affairs, l945-l949.
Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, c1985.
DK267 .C7452 GUIDE Hoover Reference


FEEFHS Map Room <> Online historical maps, posted by the Federation of East European Family History Societies.
Geografiia Rossii: entsiklopediia. Moskva: Bol’shaia rossiiskaia entsiklopediia, 1998.
DK510.28 .G46 1998 Green stacks, Hoover Reference
Includes historical maps.
GEOnet Names Server <> Extremely detailed gazetteer from U.S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), listing even small villages, geographic features, etc. throughout the world. Transliterate Cyrillic names using ya, yu, etc., instead of ia, iu, etc. Also use y for Й. Current geographical names only, not historical ones if they have changed.
Gilbert, Martin. Atlas of Russian history. New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
G2111 .S1 G52 1993 Green Information Center; G2111 .S1 G52 1993 Hoover Reference
Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection <>
Extensive collection of online maps from the University of Texas at Austin.


Elektronnye resursy po istorii (History of Russia: Electronic Resources).
Large, well-organized site in Russian containing primary source documents, databases, reference works, links to documents posted on other sites, etc. From Moscow State University, Faculty of History.
Link Collection, from Slavic Research Center of Hokkaido University < >.
Portals to the World, from the Library of Congress <>
Well-chosen links, organized by country, then topic.
REENIC: Russian and East European Network Information Center < >. From Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Univesity of Texas.
REESWeb <>. Index of Internet resources on Russia, the Balkans, the Baltic States, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Central Europe, the CIS, Eastern Europe, the NIS, and the former Soviet Union. From Center for Russian & East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh. All subjects, but emphasis on humanities and social sciences.
Slavophilia: Slavic and East European Resources <>. Organized similarly to Yahoo!
Stanford University Libraries Home Page .
Library hours, information about Stanford libraries, links to databases and electronic journals, guides to using the library at Stanford (click on Reference), guide to Slavic collection at Stanford (click on Collections & Resources-> By Subject-> Humanities-> Slavic & East European Collections), etc.
World Wide Web Virtual Library Russian History Index <>


Note: In both online and paper catalogs of this type, look up authors and/or titles of books and titles of journals. (These catalogs do not list articles.)

World Catalog (OCLC). Huge databases of holdings of many libraries, the majority of which are in North America. More and more foreign librtaries are loading their records now. Largest library database in world. Use to see if a book or journal is likely to be available on interlibrary loan. Link in Databases section.

If you still can’t find the book or journal title

The National Union Catalog, Pre-1956 Imprints; A Cumulative Author List Representing Library of Congress Printed Cards and Titles Reported by Other American Libraries. London, Mansell, 1968-1981. 754 vols.
Z881 .U49 A19 F (Green stacks)
Photocopy entry and attach it to paper interlibrary loan form, or write NUC pre-56 + vol. no. and page no. on online form.
The Slavic Cyrillic Union Catalog of Pre-1956 Imprints. Totowa, N. J. : Rowman and Littlefield, 1980. 174 microfiches (in binder).
MFICHE 333 Green Media-Microtext Collection; ask for it by number at Media-Micro desk.
Useful for items in Cyrillic from before 1956. If you find it here, print page or copy holdings information and put it into your interlibrary loan request. This source duplicates Cyrillic items in National Union Catalog above, but includes additional titles and additional holding libraries.


If Stanford does not have a needed item, you may be able to get it on Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
For fastest service, determine whether UC Berkeley has the item and if it’s available. Details on Stanford’s reciprocal borrowing program with Berkeley, as well as forms and links, can be found found via Stanford University Libraries (SUL) home page Interlibrary Services-> Document Delivery Request Forms >RLCP.
If neither Stanford nor Berkeley has the item, you need regular ILL. In general, you do not need to determine who has it; Interlibrary Services staff will do that. Forms are available online (from SUL home page : Interlibrary Services-> Document Delivery Request Forms >SULAIR Interlibrary Borrowing).
FOR CYRILLIC, USE LC TRANSLITERATION WITHOUT DIACRITICS. Do not abbreviate journal or book titles. Print clearly if using paper form. Assume that staff do not know foreign languages you are working with. Also note where you got the citation from, in such a way that others can find that item.
The older the item you want is, the more chance there is that the Interlibrary Services staff will have trouble finding it. If your item is from before about 1960 and you don't want your request to be delayed, first check book titles or journal titles in WorldCat (see above). If you find it there, that’s enough. In the Source of Citation blank on form, write “WorldCat” and include Accession Number from record for item.
If you don’t find the item in WorldCat and it pre-dates 1956, check it in National Union Catalog of pre-1956 imprints or Slavic Cyrillic Union Catalog (see above). Print entry and attach it to paper form, or write Slavic Cyrillic Union Catalog, fiche no. and holdings symbols on online form.


If you and Interlibrary Services still cannot find a book or journal title and you’re sure your citation is accurate, try the electronic catalogs of the Russian National Library:
Российская национальная библиотека. Электронные каталоги <>
The regular electronic catalog (1980- ) is the second item on the list. The third, the general alphabetical catalog of books in Russian, 1725-1997, consists of scanned catalog cards, which you can find by author or title as appropriate. Cyrillic keyboard required on your computer.
If you find it here, copy the library’s call number. E-mail the citation to me with the call number and tell me you found it here and nowhere else. I will then request a photocopy from this library. Receiving it from Russia will take much longer than regular interlibrary loan.
If you still cannot find the item, e-mail the citation to me or bring it to my office. It will help if you note the source of the citation.

1 Many annotations in this section are at least partially from Nancy Kollman’s handout “Encyclopediae” for her course History Research Seminar (History 420), dated 10 January 2001.

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