Personality and Politics:Gorbachev, the End of the Cold War, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union

Spring 2013

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-475; William C. Taubman (Section 01)

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Full Text
  • Data
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources


This course guide provides starting places for searching for primary and secondary literature and media sources for this course.

Here is the Concept Mapping Worksheet we used in the introductory library session.

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

ABSEES: American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (1939 to present)
Index covering North American scholarship on East-Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online (1991 to present)
A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.

EconLit with Full Text (1969 to present)
From the American Economic Association -- the foremost source of references to economic literature.

European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (EBSEES) (1991-2006)
Citations to European multi-disciplinary scholarship on Slavic and East European subject matter. The index of articles published from 1975-1990 is in print-format only, in the Five-College Depository.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.

PAIS Index (1972 to present)
Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.

Search thousands of library catalogs for books and more.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.


Public papers of the Presidents of the United States

Coverage from Hoover through Obama (1929-current)


For searching film and video, try the Worldcat database and also the following news archive source:

Vanderbilt Television News Archive

Searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present (ABC, CBS, NBC), 1995 to present (CNN), selected content from PBS and FOX News. You must register to search, but it's free to do so. We can then borrow the shows you want through ILL (AC only).


Biography in Context
Nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.

Perry-Casteneda Maps Collection: Russia & the Former Soviet Republics

Print-Format Reference Works

The Cold War, 1945-1991. Detroit, Gale Research, 1992. Three volumes.
   Volumes one and two have alphabetically-arranged biographies of leaders and other important individuals in Cold War history, volume three treats concepts and events, and includes a chronology. Most entries include brief bibliographies.  (Ref D 839.5 C65 1992)

Chronology of the Cold War, 1917-1992. New York, Routledge, 2006.
   Brief summaries of events, in chronological order, with thematically-organized bibliography at back.  (Ref D 840 B78 2006)

Encyclopedia of Russian History. New York, Macmillan Reference, 2004. Four volumes.
   Brief articles on people, places, events, etc., most with short lists of further reading. (Ref DK 14 E53 2004)

Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe, from the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism. New York, Garland, 2000.

Full Text Collections

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

FBIS: Federal Broadcast Information Service (1974-1996)
News in translation (by the CIA) from radio, television, and newspapers around the world, continued by World News Connection.

World News Connection (1994 to present)

New York Times (historic) (1851-2005)

Washington Post (historic) (1877-1991)


China Data Online
Includes monthly and yearly reports on national, regional, and local macro-economics, as well as statistical yearbooks and census data.

Web Resources

Citing Sources

Links to style manuals...the Library's Citing Sources page.