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Eastern and Central Europe and former Soviet Union

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  • Deena [dot] Yanofsky [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-1087
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1. Sources for Background Information

1.1 Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

1.2 Country Profiles

  • Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia from Europa World Plus
    Thematic information and background on individual countries, including government structure, statistics, history, current events
  • Nations in Transit
    Analyzes political reform and the transition to democracy in the former Communist states of Europe and Eurasia. Includes general country reports and detailed data to quantify democracy, civil society, and governance.

1.3 Biographies

1.4 Directories

2. Searching the Library Catalogue

Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using words like - Russia, Russia?, histor?, etc.

Search tips

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. histor? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words history, histories, historical, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "United Nations" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase United Nations
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. history AND (Russia OR "Soviet Union") will retrieve catalogue records containing the word history AND either Russia OR the phrase Soviet Union

Get more catalogue search tips.

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Searching Using Subject headings

Often keywords–natural language terms–are too diverse to round up everything in the catalogue on your topic.

To overcome this problem, once you have found some relevant items by searching using your own words, click on the title and examine the full view of each, especially the section called "LC Subject", where you will find the uniform subject heading used for your topic, and then redo your search using the "Subject begins with ..." option.

3. Core and Additional Databases

3.1 Core Databases

3.2 News Sources

3.3 Multidisciplinary Databases

3.4 Russian journals published in English translation

4. Selected Internet Resources

Accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

5. Other Resources

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