OSU students, faculty and staff are welcome to e-mail Miroljub Ruzic or call 614-292-8959 for area-specific reference assistance.

The East European and Slavic Studies Collection is located in the Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave Mall, Columbus, OH 43210. The collection consists of nearly 1,000,000 volumes as well as current newspapers and journals from and about the region. (Also, please see Thompson Library's hours of operation).


About the Collection

The East European and Slavic Studies collection contains approximately 1,000,000 books and journals of which the great majority are in the languages of the region (Russian, Polish, Old Church Slavonic, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Romanian, etc.) The majority of these cover the broad area of the humanities and social sciences, reflecting the diverse interests of OSU's scholars and students.

We have a list of recent acquisitions in East European and Slavic Studies at the OSU Libraries. We also have lists of current newspapers received in EES sorted by Title and current newspapers received in EES sorted by Country of publication.

The collections, catalogs, databases and services of the Ohio State University and OhioLINK libraries are the most important local resources for researchers. Beginning and advanced users should make an effort to become familiar with the tools and techniques of library research and the resources available. The library catalogs of OSU and OhioLINK are available to all, but many services are available only to authorized users.

To learn about and use all of the services of the Ohio State University Libraries and OhioLINK, connect to the home pages of The Ohio State University Libraries, and OhioLINK. Or follow this link for information about The Ohio State University.


The Wildman-Perez Russian Peasant Collection

Professors Allan K. Wildman and Marge Perez have compiled a collection of statistical and other primary source material for the study of the Russian peasantry. The collection, over 150 titles and 200 volumes, consists of archival quality photocopies of rare publications, dating mostly from the 1870's to 1917. We also have a bibliography of titles in the Russian Peasant Collection

Unbound copies of these works are available for purchase by scholars and libraries from The Ohio State University's Center for Slavic and East European Studies for the cost of photocopying.


The Hilandar Research Library

The Hilandar Research Library is a special research collection for the study of medieval Slavic Orthodox Christianity. With over 4,500 manuscripts, chiefly in microform, the Hilandar Research Library contains the largest collection of Slavic manuscripts in North America and second largest in the world. The core of the collection consists of microfilms of the manuscript collection of the Hilandar Monastery on Mount Athos. The Hilandar Research Library recently acquired over 1,200 manuscripts on microfilm from widely scattered and previously inaccessible libraries in Russia, making The Ohio State University the leading center of medieval and early modern Slavic studies in the United States.


Reference Guides to EES Collections

The rich resources at the Ohio State University Libraries for the study of the Slavic world are quite remarkable, but finding material on a particular topic is often a complex process. For a number of technical and historical reasons, the Libraries' catalogs will often not yield complete results. Many, if not most advanced research projects will require recourse to printed and electronic bibliographies and indexes. Behind the next link are several lists of important bibliographic and reference tools for Slavic and East European Studies held by the OSU Libraries. These lists are not by any means exhaustive, but they will help users begin the process of bibliographic research. (The lists focus predominantly on Russia, and many of the titles cited are in Russian. Some important bibliographic works on other countries are included.)


Important East European and Slavic Studies
Resources Online

Online Reference Sources

ABSEES Online (The American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies) contains bibliographic citations to books, book reviews and journal articles published in the United States and Canada. The database currently contains over 35,000 citations from 1990-1996 and is updated monthly. For earlier citations, see the printed version in OSU's main reference room. Available for OSU campus and HomeNet users only.

The Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies The Institut Nauchnoi Informatsii po Obshchestvennym Naukam Rossiiskoi Akademii Nauk (INION RAN) - the Institute of Scientific Information of the Russian Academy of Sciences - compiles a large bibliographic database including citations to Russian, European and Western journals and books received at the Academy of Sciences Library in St. Petersburg. This resource is an online version of the important bibliographic series Novaia otechestvennaia literatura po . . . that can be found in the EES Reading Room. Available for OSU campus and HomeNet users only.

The Universal Database of Russian Newspapers provides full text access to current and back issues (as far back as 1996) of Russian newspapers. The database is searchable by date of issue as well as keyword. Available for OSU campus and HomeNet users only.

The University of Pittsburgh's REES Homepage compiles and presents WWW resources from and about the former Soviet Union, Eastern- and Central-Europe. In addition to much else, this page includes instructions on how to view Cyrillic and other non-ASCII pages online.

The University of Illinois Library's Slavic Reference Service has a very useful site for researchers on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Here you will find pointers to library resources, catalogs, and databases from the region. The University of Illinois Slavic Library's searchable database of Slavic and East European newspapers is a must-see resource for researchers focusing on the twentieth century.

Stanford University's Wojciech Zalewski has prepared an excellent online guide to Russian reference sources. His Introduction to Russian Reference Works includes citations to bibliographic and non-bibliographic reference tools of interest both to senior scholars and advanced students of Russia working in the humanities and social sciences.

Scholars and students preparing for archival research in Moscow and Leningrad will want to have a look at Patricia Kennedy Grimsted's ArcheoBiblioBase. ABB is an online version of Grimsted's 1997 Arkhivy rossii : Moskva i Sankt-Peterburg : spravochnik-obozrenie i bibliograficheskii ukazatel.

Also, please see our list of East European and Slavic dictionaries online.


Electronic Periodical Publications

You may also view our electronic periodical publications in Eastern European and Slavic Studies.

There are many newspapers from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union currently available on the World Wide Web. Most are in the languages of the countries of publication (and several of these require special software to view properly), but several are in English. Arranged by country of publication.

News analysis and digesting services are an important source of up-to-the-minute information. We have listed some of the most important that are freely available online and in English.

There are currently very few important online journals available in East European and Slavic Studies. We have listed the most important, and are keeping our fingers crossed for more.

Russian literary sources and journals online

Dostoyevsky: Complete works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and concordances have been mounted by the Petrozavodsk State University.

Arion: A quarterly "thick journal" dedicated to the problems of contemporary Russian poetry. The journal itself appears to have ceased, but selected articles from 1995 are available, as are whole issues for 1996-7.

Vavilon: vestnik molodoi literatury. (V samizdate s 1989, v poligraficheskom ispolnenii s 1992.)


Searching tips for East European and Slavic Materials

Many of the languages of the region use a Cyrillic alphabet. Most online library catalogs and bibliographic indexes in the United States and Europe do not support these alphabets, but use instead a system to render the words in the Roman alphabet. There are several transliteration systems in use that are accepted - and even preferred - by scholars, but libraries (in the US) use a standard established by the Library of Congress. To search successfully for titles in Cyrillic alphabets, you must use this system.

Princeton University Library's Cataloging Department has prepared a WWW version of the Library of Congress transliteration tables for Slavic and non-Slavic languages of the region that use Cyrillic alphabets. Here are found transliteration tables for Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Serbian, Russian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen, Ukrainian and Uzbek languages.