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Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press
Print Location: Burling 4th Floor East
In combination with Current Digest of the Soviet Press, this publication covered Soviet and Post-Soviet current events from 1949-January of 2009.
Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
An interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in the United States. Some titles covered include Russian Life, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Ukrainian Weekly, Polish American Journal, Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
Database of abstracts for social science research, organized into a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. Access to some of the content requires a subscription.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
PAIS International Restricted Resource
1915-present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.
America: History and Life with Full Text Restricted Resource
Indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide covering the history of the United States and Canada. Includes some full text. Coverage includes articles, book and media reviews, and abstracts of dissertations.
American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies Restricted Resource
1939-present. Provides information on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, produced by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ABSEES is also available in print (Z2483.A65).
European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies
1991-present. Provides citations for Slavic and East European studies published in Europe, with geographic coverage of East-Central and Eastern Europe as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union/Commonwealth of Independent States. 1975-1995 also available in print (Z2483.E94).
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Library Catalogs

WorldCat Restricted Resource
Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.


Ethnic NewsWatch Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Full text of newspapers published by U.S. ethnic communities including African American, Arabic, Asian, Filipino, Finnish, Greek, Hispanic, Italian, Jewish, Native American, Pacific Islander, Russian, and more.
ICON: International Newspaper Coalition Database
ICON provides information on newspapers published outside the United States. Administered by the Center for Research Libraries, it contains over 27,000 records from the CRL, Library of Congress, New York State Library, University of Washington, University of Illinois, and University of Connecticut.
PressReader Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
A comprehensive digital news resource offering over 5,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world. PressReader provides same-day full-content access to periodicals in over 60 languages.
Pravda Digital Archive Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Established in 1912, Pravda is the chief chronicle of Russian and Soviet history, from the beginnings of the Russian Revolution through World War II, the Cold War, the fall of the Soviet Union, and up to the present day. The archive contains PDFs of nearly every year of this primary resource. The full text of all articles can be searched in Cyrillic or Roman characters. Users should make sure they are using the current version of Adobe reader; Mac users should use the Safari browser to access this resource.
Transitions Online (TOL)
Independent online news source from the Czech Republic, covers news, analysis, politics, and culture from central and eastern Europe and the Balkans. In English.


Russian Posters Collection (1919-1989) - Duke University
This collection of Russian posters spans almost the entire history of the Soviet Union.

Reference Resources

Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor DK14 .M6

Bol'shaia Rossiiskaia Entsiklopedia
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize AE 55.B59 2004
New edition 2006. This encyclopedia updates The Great Soviet Encyclopedia of 1950.
Encyclopedia of Russian History
Print Location: Reference DK14 .E53 2004

Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: from the Congress of Vienna to the fall of communism
Print Location: Reference DJK6 .E53 2000
"This encyclopedia explores the history of this complex region over the last two centuries. Articles are included on countries and regions of Eastern Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the countries that once made up Yugoslavia. European Russia is also included."

Web sites

Fun Russian Sites
With First-Year, Second-Year, and Third-Year levels, this site is handy for the Russian student looking to increase and expand their exposure to the language. Compiled and set-up by the Grinnell College Russian Department. 
San Diego State University Library: Russian and Slavic Sources
Includes the following categories: archival materials, journals, publishers, reference tools, WWW searching, and organizations. Some restricted material.

Resources at Grinnell

Grinnell College Libraries: Library Lab
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