New Slavic & East European Studies Electronic Information Sources

A growing number of specialized databases of interest to students and scholars of Slavic Studies are now available, augmenting the many general electronic resources which contain significant amounts of material pertinent to Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. The Library has recently begun subscriptions to two of the most notable of these specialized resources, ABSEES Online and the Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies.

ABSEES Online is the electronic version of The American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies, published annually since 1957, under the auspices of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. ABSEES Online contains bibliographic citations to more than 25,000 books, chapters of books, journal articles, government and research reports, dissertations, and book reviews published in the United States and Canada since the mid-1980s. Among the most useful aspects of its coverage is the systematic indexing of articles from Transition, the weekly analytical publication of the Open Media Research Institute (OMRI) and its precursor, the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Report.

The Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies (RAS), the result of nearly a decade of collaboration between the Research Libraries Group (RLG) and the Russian Academy of Sciences, corresponds to the monthly subject bibliographies of the Institue of Social Sciences (INION) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, called "New Literature in the Social Sciences and Humanities" (Novaia literatura po sotsial'nym i gumanitarnym naukam). The 200,000+ citations and abstracts cover books, individual chapters in monographic collections, manuscripts and dissertations, plus articles from more than 10,000 periodicals. Coverage includes archaeology, anthropology, demography, economics, folklore, history, international relations,law, linguistics, literary criticism, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology, and scientific policy. Citations are given in their original language (in Library of Congress transliteration) and one can search subject headings in either transliterated Russian or in English, using the basic search commands common to all Eureka databases.

Both of these databases can be accessed through the Library website http://www.lib.uchicago.edu. From the Library's home page, choose Subject Guides to Sources, then Slavic and East European Studies, then resources on other web servers. The direct URL for ABSEES Online is http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/su/slavic/outside.html. RAS can be accessed directly at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/db/indexes/ or at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/LibInfo/SourcesBySubject/Slavic/outside.html.

For more information about these resources, including training opportunities, contact June Pachuta Farris, Bibliographer for Slavic & East European Studies, at 702-8456 or jpf2@midway.uchicago.edu">jpf3@midway.uchicago.edu.

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