Slavic Languages Research Guide
The following guide aims at introducing you to the variety of research sources available to you at Queens College Libraries.
- Select specific language within the field of Slavic Language & Literature. Choose a topic that is interesting to you and which will work within your assignment's parameters.
- Search the topic in an encyclopedia, handbook or dictionary to gain basic understanding of the subject. A sample of suggested titles available in BRL are listed under Encyclopedias & Dictionaries.
- Search for books in CUNY+ and other online library catalogs listed under Find Books. To browse the library collection, use the general call numbers listed under Browse BRL Book Collection.
- Search library databases for articles published in journals, magazines or newspapers listed under Find Articles.
- Consult Associations or Web Gateways for any additional information on your subject.
- Remember to evaluate the accuracy of your resources, and think critically about their arguments. When in doubt, check with your instructor in the Russian Program.
- Consult the guides listed under Citation Style Manuals to correctly cite your sources.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
- Bolshoĭ entsiklopedicheskiĭ slovar (Ref. AG55 .B65 1997)
- Dictionary of Polish literature (Ref. PG7007 .D5 1994)
- Encyclopedia of contemporary Russian culture (Ref. DK510.32 .E53 2007)
- Literaturnaia entsiklopediia terminov i poniatiĭ (Ref. PG2940 .L557 2001)
- Reference guide to Russian literature (Ref. PG2940 .R44 1998)
- Russian literature in the age of Pushkin and Gogol (Ref. PG2991.3 .R866 1999)
- CUNY+ Catalog
- Search for books and other materials at the Queens College Libraries, as well as other CUNY libraries. For books on critical analysis of individual authors or their works, select search type “keyword in subject” and add terms criticism and interpretation to your specific search.
- New York Public Library
- Search CATNYP, the catalog of the research libraries at NYPL. Books at the research libraries are non-circulating and must be consulted on site. NYPL has one of the premier research collections in the country and is open to all New York State residents.
- Search for books and other materials in libraries worldwide.
- Browse BRL Book Collection
- Use the Library of Congress classification guide for Slavic Language and Literature (PG 1–7925) to browse the book collection of the Benjamin Rosenthal Library on Level 5.
Use the following databases (listed in rank order) to search for journal articles on a topic related to Slavic Language and Literature.
- MLA International Bibliography
- Indexes books, articles and dissertations published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics, providing coverage from 1926 to the present.
- Humanities Source
- Offers full text plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines.
- Literature Resource Center
- Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
- Ethnic NewsWatch
- An interdisciplinary full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Includes full text coverage of Polish American Journal, Russian Life, and Ukrainian Weekly.
For additional information, consult the following databases:
- Arts & Humanities Citation Index
- Provides access to bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references from over 1,150 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals.
- Biography Reference Bank
- An excellent source for biographical information.
- MagillOnLiterature Plus
- This database is composed of approximately 35,000 critical analyses of individual works of literature, 6,500 biographical records, more than 1,000 images, and a glossary of 1,310 literary terms.
- Twayne's Authors Online
- View full text discussions of an author's works and a chronology of the author's life.
Search for exact periodical title (e.g. Pravda) or browse the library's E-journals by subject: Languages & Literatures—Slavic, Baltic and Albanian Languages & Literatures.
- Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)
- American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL)
- Porvides a directory of websites about Poland and Polish culture.
- The European Library
- Provides access to national libraries in Russia, Poland, Ukraine etc.
- The Online Books Page
- Offers access to digitized books. Search by LC call number PG (Literature—Slavic)
- REES Web
- Virtual Library covering Russia and Eastern Europe.
- CSEEES & SEELRC (Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies and Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center)
- Has as its mission the improvement of the national capacity to teach and learn Slavic and East European languages.
- Summaries of major works in Soviet literature.
- Voice of the Shuttle
- Web site for humanities research. Offers a selection of annotated links to Russian language and literature web links.