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American studies Hispanic studies
Anthropology and ethnography History
Architecture Islamic studies
Archives Italian studies
Art and Design Jewish studies
Audiovisual resources Language and linguistics
Australian studies
Librarianship and information science
Belgian studies Music and recorded sound
Biography National bibliographies / Books in print
Catalogues and general bibliographies New Zealand studies
Church history and theology Performing arts
Classical studies Periodical indexes
Dictionaries Philosophy
Dissertations and research Psychology
Document Supply Rare books
Dutch studies Religious studies
Encyclopaedias Scandinavian studies
English literature Short title catalogues
Film Slavonic and East European studies
French studies Social sciences
Full text databases Women's studies
German studies Other electronic resources

Slavonic and East European Studies

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American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES) The online version of The American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies covering the period 1990 to the present. Scope of coverage: articles, books, dissertations etc on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union published in the United States and Canada.
Central and Eastern European Online Library Online database which provides access to full text articles from humanities and social sciences journals, electronic books and re-digitized documents pertaining to Central, South-Eastern, Baltic and Eastern European topics.
Children's Leisure Activities in Russia Online The material gathered here offers a unique insight into one of the most important and characteristic areas of socializing the young in early Soviet Russia, and a window into the mentality of the `first Soviet generations’ as well. It gives a representative overview of the different trends in children leisure activities and games and runs chronologically from 1917 to the late 1930s.
Comintern Archive An index to the archive and microform collections held at the Russian Centre for the Conservation and Study of Records of Modern History. The Comintern Archive contains original documents from over 35 communist and left-socialist parties, together with other international organisations from 21 different countries. It covers the entire period of the Comintern's existence, from 1919 to 1943.
Croatian National Bibliography The catalogues of the National and University Library of Croatia list books, serials, articles from journals and newspapers.
Cult of Body Online This collection comprises unique material on sports and physical culture in Russia, 1891-1919 and is particularly significant because sports provided opportunities for transitions from tradition to modernity: athletic competition broke down class barriers, brought women into public spaces, and encouraged new modes of behavior and self-presentation.
The Current Digest of the Russian Press Digital Archive 1949 to the present. In English CDRP is a comprehensive retrospective digest of the news presented to the Soviet and Russian public for more than a half century, from the beginnings of the Cold War through the emergence of Russia in the new balance of power. Articles translated for the Current Digest include important news and information from the leading dailies and government reports of the day. During the Soviet era, hundreds of other special interest journals and authoritative sources were also scoured for relevant articles to include. Published with this care weekly since 1949, the CDRP paints a broad picture of Soviet and post-Soviet times, including coverage of domestic affairs and social issues. Online resource
Czech National Bibliography Used to search for: books (from 1900 to the present time), periodicals, maps, musical scores, audio and electronic materials (from 1990 onwards) published on the territory of the Czech Republic.
Early Russian Cinema Online This unique collection of Russian film periodicals from the last tsarist decade includes both sophisticated and more popular periodicals released by the major Russian film studios. Containing interviews with movie stars and now irretrievably lost screenplays, these journals will prove an invaluable source about the silent movie era and Russia's entertainment industry at the eve of the Revolution.
Election Ephemera Collections (includes election campaigns in Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union from 2010) - The Election Ephemera Collections series offers the most comprehensive collection of election related material to date from the countries of the former Soviet Union. Representing a vast repository of primary source material from both presidential and parliamentary elections the databases are a one of a kind first stop for policy analysts and observers of electoral politics in the countries of the CIS. The central component of these databases is the unique election ephemera that include party programs, propaganda material, collection of special editions of newspapers and literature produced by political parties or candidates with the aim of shaping the election narrative in a low-information setting.
Foreign Broadcast Information Service. Daily Reports 1974-1996 US government operation which translates the text of daily broadcasts, government statements, and select news stories from non-English sources. Covers: Middle East & [North] Africa, 1974-1987; Near East & South Asia, 1987-1996; South Asia, 1980-1987; Sub-Saharan Africa, 1974-1996; China, 1974-1996; Asia & the Pacific, 1974-1987; Eastern Europe, 1974-1996; Soviet Union, 1974-1996.
This resource is available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Remote access is available for registered Reader Pass holders.
Hungarian Authors Szinnyei Jozsef: Magyar Irok Elete Es Munkai (Lives and works of Hungarian authors) compiled by József Szinnyei. Originally published in Budapest, 1891-1914. Contains 30.000 biographies.
Hungarian Bibliography Gives access to the databases of the Hungarian National Library, hosted by Arcanum, click on a folder in yellow panel on left hand side, they also include no. 1 in this list, Magyar könyvészet 1921-1944, the Manuscript Database and the Early Printed Collections.
Hungarian National Bibliography Contains records of all publications received at National Szechenyi Library.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.

Integrum World Wide An integrated database that includes CIS and Russian central and regional newspapers, journals and magazines, Russian and foreign Information agencies, Internet media, TV and radio, statistics, directories, legislation, official publications, business information, production catalogues, Who is Who, etc. The database also includes a full text collection of literary texts (Russian and world literature in translation).
International Affairs International Affairs is the English-language edition of Mezhdunarodnaia zhizn’, the official journal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Contributors to International Affairs include high-ranking diplomats as well as prominent Russian political analysts from government, academic and policy institutes. Full digital archive from 1955 and current subscription.
Isskustvo kino Founded in the 1930s and devoted to art in Russian film, the journal Iskusstvo kino is renowned as one of Russia's premier journals of cinema. Iskusstvo kino offers movie reviews, articles on filmmaking and cinema culture, criticism, and essays and traces Russian arts and culture from the 'socialist realism' era - when film became the prime propaganda tool ("agitki") for instilling Communist fervour in the masses - all the way through contemporary filmmaking. With more movie screens than any nation at any time, the Soviet Union's cinematic legacy helped shape the artistic and social agenda of the socialist world for most of the Twentieth Century. Online resource
Izvestiia Digital Archive (DA-IZV) A full archive of the newspaper Izvestiia. Among the longest-running Russian newspapers, Izvestiia was founded in March 1917 and during the Soviet period was the official organ of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Remarkable for its serious and balanced treatment of subject matter, Izvestiia has traditionally been a popular news source within intellectual and academic circles.
Jewish Theater under Stalinism Online This collection contains sources on the history of Soviet culture and theater, Jewish avant-garde art and the Kremlin’s policy toward Jewish society and culture from 1919 until 1949. The collection contains correspondence with ministries, state organizations, and authors; administrative-managerial documents; plays performed by or submitted to the theater, and more fascinating material.
Kodeks database A major source for Russian legislation comprising documents going back to 1991. It includes legislative acts issued by approximately 200 executive, legislative and judiciary bodies in Russia.
Literaturnaia gazeta Established on April 22, 1929, Literaturnaia gazeta focused on literary and intellectual life. It Soviet Russia's pre-eminent authors, poets, and cultural figures a particular podium for commentary, affording perhaps fewer restrictions than might be possible in other publications. Literaturnaia gazeta was considered the most open among newspapers of the Soviet era, and it remains popular among the intelligentsia in today's Russia.
Publication of Literaturnaia gazeta was completely suspended in 1942 and 1943, and no issues were produced. In 1944, only 8 issues were published. The lack of database content for this period is not a gap, but reflects the publication schedule during these challenging years.
Online resource
Mass Culture and Entertainment in Russia This series comprises collections of rare, and often unique, materials that offer an insight into the dynamics of cultural and daily life in imperial and Soviet Russia. The series is organized along six thematic lines that together cover the full spectrum of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian culture, ranging from the penny press and high-brow art journals in pre-Revolutionary Russia, to children's magazines and publications on constructivist design in the early Soviet Union.

The British Library subscribes to twelve collections from this series.

Mass Media in Russia, 1908-1918 This unique collection contains complete runs of kopeck (penny) newspapers, the most widely circulated Russian newspapers in the beginning of the 20th century. They document political and social developments in Russia from 1908 to 1918 and are a mirror of the colorful social and cultural life of the Russian capitals. This collection gives access to a rare source practically unavailable in Western libraries.
Polish National Bibliography Produced by the National Library of Poland, and covering the years 1982-1997, this CD-ROM lists monographs, serials, periodicals. It allows English and Polish language searching. It has a number of searchable indexes including author, subject, keyword, title, ISBN and ISSN.
Pravda Digital Archive (DA-PRA) A full archive of the newspaper Pravda. Official organ of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Pravda was founded in 1912 and is an important source on history of communism, Russia and the Soviet Union.
Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies Covers more than 12,500 periodicals published primarily in Russia, the republics of the former Soviet Union, and countries in Eastern Europe. Created by the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, it cites and abstracts books, manuscripts, dissertations, and articles. Coverage is from 1986 to the present.
Russian Avant-garde Online This collection represents works of all Russian literary avant-garde schools. It comprises almost 800 books, periodicals and almanacs most of them published between 1910-1940, and thus offers an exceptionally varied and well-balanced overview of one of the most versatile movements in Russian literature. This collection will appeal to literary historians and Slavists, as well as to book and art historians.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Russian / NIS Statistical Databases Online Russian and CIS Statistical Publications (Eastview)
Russian / NIS Universal Databases Online databases of Russian/FSU Publications (East View).
Files: Central Newspapers, Regional Newspapers, CIS & Baltic Periodicals, Social Sciences & Humanities, Parliamentary Publications, Military & Security Periodicals, 2010 Presidential Election in Belarus, Izvestiia Digital Archive, Pravda Digital Archive.
Russian National Bibliography (Eastview) This online database includes bibliographic data for printed books, maps, music, art albums, periodical (journal and newspaper) articles, reviews and dissertation abstracts. 1995 onwards.
Russian State Archive of Literature and Art Contains material relating to writers, artists, actors, dramatists, musicians, filmmakers and others in the cultural domain.

Online resource

Russian Theater in the Early 20th Century Online The collection of theater periodicals provides a detailed picture of metropolitan and provincial Russian theater, and reflects the cultural life in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. It is a unique source for a wide range of scholars in history, cultural studies, theater history and sociology, and provides a unique opportunity to savour the distinctive atmosphere of Russia’s Silver Age. Online resource
Screen and Stage Online This unique collection of Russian theater and film periodicals, which also includes material on other forms of entertainment (cabaret theater, circus) and mass culture in pre-revolutionary Russia consists of various types of material ranging from sophisticated journals to cheaply produced magazines published in the last three decades of the Tsarist regime.
Slovak Bibliography Used to check bibliographical details of Slovak monographs published between 1989 and 1994: includes seminar and congress proceedings, Festschriften, radio plays (published by Radio Slovakia), and doctoral theses.
Sovetskaia Kul’tura Digital Archive Kul’tura (Culture) is an important Russian current weekly newspaper, best known under its previous title  Sovetskaia kul’tura (1953-1991). It started in 1929 and was published under the titles Rabochii i iskusstvo (1929-1930), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1931-1941), Literatura i iskusstvo (1942-1944), Sovetskoe iskusstvo (1944-1952).
Soviet Cinema Online. Archival Documents from RGALI, 1923-1935 The documents in this collection cover the period when state monopoly control over the Soviet cinema industry - production, distribution and exhibition - was being established and this is why they cover a number of different organizations and institutions.
Soviet Cinema Online: Periodicals and Newspapers, 1918-1942 The collection includes Soviet film magazines and newspapers from the 1920s and 1930s, reflecting the most interesting and fertile period in the history of Russian Film.
Stalin Digital Archive The SDA is an electronic database of finding aids, digitised documents and images from the recently declassified Stalin archive in the holdings of Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI). Digital versions of Yale’s Annals of Communism series supplement the RGASPI collection with additional scholarly commentary on selected documents concerning the history of Soviet and international communism from Russian state archives spanning the 75-year history of the USSR. Online resource
TOL A valuable tool for researchers interested in the political, social, cultural and economic realities of the post-communist transition in 29 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. TOL was established in April 1999 to supersede Transitions magazine.
World of Children - Artek Pioneer Camp Archives, 1944-1967 Online Artek's Archive reflects the recreation camp's history between 1944 and 1967, containing government documents on Soviet social and health policies, administrative, medical and financial records, transcripts of meetings, materials on educational and ideological work carried out in the camp statistical reports, food rations and provision standards, letters from Soviet and foreign children, diaries etc.
The Yearbook of the Imperial Theaters Online This impressive annual periodical, published during the period 1890-1915, offers an incredible wealth of exciting material concerning the late imperial stage in Russia. Its pages include repertoires, critical essays and reviews of theatrical performances, chronicles of metropolitan theater life, articles discussing a wide range of topics as well as information about the actors.

Social sciences

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Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) An indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, economics, politics, race relations and education.
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective A bibliographic database that cites articles from humanities and social sciences journals and covers a wide range of interdisciplinary fields. Dates covered: 1907 - 1984.
International bibliography of the social sciences Indexes information contained in more than 2,600 social science journals and 6,000 books each year covering the core disciplines of anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology.
Oxford Reference Online (Premium Collection) Over 100 specialist and general reference dictionaries covering a wide range of subjects from social sciences, business, sciences, language, the arts, and history.
Social Policy and Practice

Database Guide (PDF)
This database covers public and social policy, public health, social care, community development, mental & community health, homelessness, housing, crime, law & order, families, children and older people. Content is from the UK with some material from the USA and Europe.
Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science) A multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the social sciences. It indexes more than 1,725 journals spanning 50 disciplines, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 3,300 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals.
Social Sciences Full Text A cover-to-cover index to a broad range of international English-language periodicals from 1983 onwards on all aspects of the social sciences but especially strong on politics, economics and current affairs. Includes selective full text of articles from 1994.
Sociological abstracts Contains information from approximately 2500 journals in 30 different languages from about 55 countries. It covers sociology and related disciplines by including bibliographic citations and abstracts and enhanced dissertation citations from Dissertation Abstracts International.

Women's studies

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British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries Includes more than 100,000 pages of primary materials spanning more than 300 years, from the 16th century onwards; also includes biographical information and a bibliography of sources.
Defining Gender, 1450-1910 Defining Gender, 1450-1910 has brought together over 120,000 pages of original documents relating to Gender Studies. The images are sourced from British and European libraries and archives, including a strong core of document images from the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the British Library. There is a good balance between manuscript and printed material and a broad range of document types; written by men and women.
Online resource
The Gerritsen Collection - Women's History Online A collection of more than 4,700 publications from continental Europe, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, dating from 1543-1945. Gerritsen Online allows scholars to trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of one country's movement on those of the others. It consists of two segments: the Periodical Series and the Monograph Language Series.
International Who's Who of Women Details from this publication, which outlines the lives and achievements of the most eminent and distinguished women in the world today, are included in World Who's Who.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries Includes more than 150,000 pages of primary materials spanning more than 300 years, from Colonial times to 1950; also includes biographies and a bibliography of sources.
Orlando : Women's Writing in the British isles from the Beginnings to the Present Electronic textbase on the history of women's writing, primarily focused upon the British Isles, with biographical entries, from 8th century AD to the present.
Past Masters A full text electronic database which includes Eighteenth century women playwrights and letters and/or works by Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Frances Burney, George Eliot, Mary Shelley and others.
Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700 This resource is produced in association with the Perdita Project based at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University. “Perdita” means “lost woman” and the quest of the Perdita Project has been to find early modern women authors who were “lost” because their writing exists only in manuscript form. The manuscripts in this site were written or compiled by women in the British Isles during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and they have been sourced from archives and libraries across the United Kingdom and the USA.
Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period Includes some 60 volumes from 47 poets, together with critical and biographical essays.
Women Writers Online The Women Writers Project textbase, containing texts by women writers from the period 1400 to 1850.

Other electronic resources

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Brief description
Format
Buildings of England (Pevsner) Provides information on buildings and artefacts in England, such as location, period, architect etc. Also serves as a comprehensive index to the printed volumes of Pevsner's Buildings of England, from which all of the information on the database is drawn.
Columbia Gazetteer of the world A database of names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world. Includes both modern and historical place names.
Geobase Multidisciplinary database containing bibliographic information and abstracts in the fields of development studies, the earth sciences, ecology, geomechanics, human geography, and oceanography. The database provides current coverage of over 1,800 journals and archive coverage of several thousand additional titles.
Index Translationum
A bibliographic database of translated books published in about 100 countries in all fields since 1979. Subject coverage is mostly humanities, social sciences.
Keesing's online Digest of political, social and economic events for all countries of the world from 1931.
Publishers' International ISBN Directory The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a 10-digit or 13-digit code that provides each published book with a unique identification number. The ISBN also identifies publishers. This directory gives full names and addresses for the publishers listed.
Statesman's Yearbook Online This site contains the full text of the current edition of The Statesman's Yearbook, regularly updated to reflect recent world events, with search and browse facilities. It provides current political, social and economic information about all the nation states of the world.