How to do research in Slavic Studies

Library resources for researchers working on Slavic and East European Languages, Literatures, History and Post-Soviet Studies


Topic-specific keywords will help improve your results in a general multidisciplinary database like Google, Google Scholar, HOLLIS, or Academic Search Premier

Add keywords like these to your search:

  • Language or ethnicity - Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Belarusian
  • Publication types - bibliography, gazetteers, manuscripts, statistics
  • Genres - criticism, interpretation, etc., “tales, Country” (e.g., “tales, Slovakia”), poetry, personal narratives
  • Geographic areas - Central Europe, Crimea, Skopje 
  • Subjects - grammar, literary movements, philology, politics and government, history


The best tool for your project may be a specialized search engine, also known as a database. These databases are subject-specific or format-specific search tools:

East View (via HarvardKey) -- a cross-searchable collection of over 80 databases that include journal and newspaper archives, bibliographies and abstracts, maps, e-book collections, e-ephemera collections, and more. Geographical coverage: Former Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine, Central Europe, Asia.

Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System digital collection : interviews and manuals, 1950-1953 (inclusive) (Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online) – A digitized collection of summary transcripts of 693 interviews conducted with Soviet émigrés during the early years of the Cold War, and 7 manuals and guides to the interviews. The interviews and most manuals and guides are full-text searchable from the home page. 

Dig Deeper

Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Harvard: Library and Archival Resources - a guide to Slavic and Eurasian studies in Harvard Library collections and beyond, with contact information for the librarians who specialize in specific regions and languages.

Databases for Slavic Studies- Explore the full list of Harvard Library databases in this subject category.


Anna Rakityanskaya, the library liaison for Slavic Languages and Literatures, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.

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