Beginning Your Research

Search tips for finding Cyrillic info in library resources

Although newer CLIO records for Cyrillic materials are capable of displaying in the original Cyrillic script, a majority of records are transliterated into Roman script using the Library of Congress system. Therefore, to locate older titles in,  say, Russian, users must search using Roman characters.  For non-Roman languages other than Russian, see the ALA-LC Romanization Tables Index.

Many of the databases to which we subscribe (most notably, the East View Universal Databases) are searchable in the original Cyrillic script, utilizing either your own Cyrillic font, or the pop-up keyboard integrated with the database.

Each online index tool, each online database, has its own particular characteristics. In order to assist the user, we have prepared a Guide to Electronic Resources (PDF below) providing examples of searches and tips for a number of our most-often consulted subscription databases: Proquest Dissertations, the East View Universal Databases, the Central & East European Online Library, and the various digital databses prepared by IDC/Brill: Soviet Cinema Archival documents from RGALI, 1923-1935), and  Soviet Cinema Periodicals, 1918-1942History of Modern Russian & Ukrainian ArtSlavonic Bibles, and Russian Military Intelligence on Asia, Archival Series, 1651-1917 and Russian Military Intelligence on Asia, Secret Prints, 1883-1914, as well as Jewish Theater Under Stalinism.  Also provided are examples of open access resources that may prove useful in your research.

As always, you should be sure to contact your Global Studies Librarian, Robert Davis, who will be happy to assist you in navigating these databases.