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Multilingual Electronic Resources for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies: WWPSA

A guide to 13 databases with significant content in both English and the languages of the region

Articles, books, book chapters, reviews, dissertations

World Wide Political Science Abstracts was previously offered through the CSA Illumina interface but can now be searched on the ProQuest platform. WWSA provides a wide range of powerful search options and unique features such as the automatic retrieval of lists of scholars, websites, etc. dealing with the subjects implied by your search terms. Subjects covered include not only political science but also complementary fields such as international relations, law, and public administration / policy. All records entered into this database prior to 2001 were not identified by language. Since 2001, records for thousands of Russian-language items have been entered, with fewer records for other languages of the region.

  • 646,819+ records
  • Over 1,600 journals indexed, over two-thirds of which are published outside the United States
  • Articles, books, book chapters, reviews, dissertations
  • 1975-present
  • Updated monthly
  • About 20,000 new records each year
  • For records added since 2001, "Cited Reference Linking" enables chasing references from one article to another--for records added since 2004, Citation-Index-like features are available as well
  • Browsable indexes
  • A 3,000-term thesaurus provides hierarchically-related subject terms for all records added since 2000
  • In-house classification scheme

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To the right of the citation we find several features that can help us refine our search, such as indicating if we want only peer-reviewed journals search, or organizing results chronologically, specifying the language or document type, etc. 


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