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Summer Research Laboratory Orientation

A guide to the University of Illinois Library for the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Journals and Databases

Here is a very short list of the most popular and useful databases the SRS uses when helping patrons. Subscription databases as well as open access resources are included in this list; a note next to each entry will make clear which is which. For a more extensive list of databases, consult our Full-Text list.

EASTVIEW databases (subscription)

There are several useful resources within this one provider's database. The following list describes some of the resources found in Eastview; there are more on the website that the researcher can explore. In order to search or browse the databases individually, click the appropriate link within the list, found below the search box.

General Databases

Although area studies research has the best results when consulting area specific databases, there is something to be said of general and general reference databases. Although broad in scope, they can be immensely helpful in finding resources. Here is a list of some general databases that might be of interest to our Summer Lab guests.

Collection Highlights

In the PDF featured above you'll find some of the highlights from our collection, which includes print material, digital collections, and microform. Here are some brief descriptions of a select few.

Jewish Theater Under Stalinism (History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, call number FILM 792.094731 J556) - This microfilm collection includes the archives of Moscow State Jewish Theater and the archive of the Theatrical School of the State Jewish Theater. It is based on the holdings of the Russian State Archive of Literature and Arts. It contains materials that describe the history of the Jewish theater and Jewish avant-garde art in the Soviet Union, and the Kremlin’s policy toward Jewish society and culture from 1916 until the early 1950s. This microfilm collection contains unique archival materials such as correspondence with ministries, state organizations, manuscripts/drafts, texts of plays, notes (with comments of censors), directors’ notes and personal archives of literary figures.

The GULAG Press, 1920-1937 (Slavic, call number MFICHE 077 G95) - The contents of the GULAG Press consist of news bulletins, posters, literary journals, albums and booklets, and other miscellanea. Efforts to compile the GULAG press in its entirety starting coming to fruition in the late 1990s, after the Soviet Union had col-lapsed and access to the archives became less restricted. The primary purpose of much of this material was to propagandize, yet much of historical and cultural value can nonetheless be gleaned from it.

Polish Independent Publications (IAS, call number MFICHE 943.805 P7594) - This collection is based on holdings found in Radio Free Europe in Munich, and the Polish Library POSK in London. The contents offer up a wide range of opposition and dissident periodicals up to 1988, when many oppositional publications started to appear more openly. The earliest documents in the collection date from the 1970s and mostly pertain to K.O.R., the Committee for the Defense of the Workers. The documents also highlight the legal existence of the trade union Solidarność, as well as the period of martial law. Aside from periodicals and other serials, the collections also includes many other kinds of documents, such as bulle-tins and leaflets from various branches of Solidarność, academic and student groups, peasant organizations, clandestine political parties, as well as religious and cultural groups. Émigré journals are not included.

SFX -- Discover Illinois

Electronic resources and databases are growing in importance in academic libraries as paper copies of journals and serials shrink. There are several services that coordinate access to the electronic versions across different universities.

Here at Illinois, the Online Journals and Databases link acts as a gateway to all of the electronic resources the university owns. The service is called SFX and it acts as a link resolver and middle-man. When searching for a journal title, SFX matches the title to the university, making sure a patron has access, through a university subscription.


The image above illustrates what the SFX link resolver looks like at the University of Illinois. Type in the title of the journal or database you want and then click Go. A list of results will display under the search box. It is important to note that many journals are available through different database providers (i.e. Proquest or EBSCO). Sometimes the periods of coverage vary, and sometimes they are exactly the same.  Once you click on the database link, another window will open which may seem a little confusing. This is just another step of verification for access. Click on the database link again to gain access to the actual journal or database.

The Library has compiled a list of databases according to subject. This list is available here: It is important to note that the subject lists are not at all comprehensive, but are a good place to start when narrowing down the databases you might consult on a given topic.