Russian Research Guide

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Start with these recommended resources in this discipline.

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Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Cambridge Companions
    Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy, all written by scholars. Relevant titles include: The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture, The Cambridge Companion to Chekhov, The Cambridge Companion to Dostoevskii
  • Cambridge Histories
    Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects. Relevant titles include: The Cambridge History of Russia
  • Oxford Dictionaries
    English to non-English translations (and vice versa), phrases, some grammar, and more.

Primary Sources

Check out these resources first (also see the Primary Sources research guide).
  • Stalin Digital Archive
    Primary source materials from Stalin's personal papers and monographs on communism. Includes Russian State Archive of Social and Political History documents and the Annals of Communism series.
  • Eastern European and Slavic Studies Collection
    Primary and secondary materials relating to the study of this region including its history, literature, language, political science and more, via University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Collections of note include Russian political and satirical journals, and the Pushkin Collection.


Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.

New Titles

Selected letters (Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796, author.) Frost Library; DK170 .A2 2018

The cavalry maiden : journals of a Russian officer in the Napoleonic Wars (Durova, N. A. (Nadezhda Andreevna), 1783-1866.) Frost Library; DK190.6.D8 A3 1988

Collected works (Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924, author.) Frost Library; DK254.L3 A213 2017

Modernism, internationalism and the Russian Revolution (Ayers, David, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .A94 2018

Centenary of the Russian Revolution (1917-2017) Frost Library; DK265 .C46 2018

October : the story of the Russian Revolution (Miéville, China, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .M475 2017

The Russian Revolution : a view from the third world (Rodney, Walter, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .R58 2018

An anti-Bolshevik alternative : the White movement and the Civil War in the Russian north (Novikova, Li︠u︡dmila (Li︠u︡dmila Gennadʹevna) author.) Frost Library; DK265.8.A7 N68413 2018

The rise and fall of Russia's Far Eastern republic, 1905-1922 (Sablin, Ivan, author.) Frost Library; DK265.8.S63 S33 2019

Permanent revolution : a study of the early Soviet state (Harry, Elizabeth A., author) Frost Library; DK266 .H377 2018

Mass political culture under Stalinism : popular discussion of the Soviet Constitution of 1936 (Velikanova, Olga, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; DK268.4 .V45 2018

Stalin (Kotkin, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; DK268.S8 K65 2014

Party leadership under Stalin and Khrushchev : party officials and the Soviet State, 1948-1964 (Harris, Jonathan, 1935-, author.) Frost Library; DK274 .H325 2018

Pillars of the profession : the correspondence of Richard Pipes and Marc Raeff (Daly, Jonathan W., author.) Frost Library; DK38.5 .D35 2019

From citizens to subjects : city, state, & the enlightenment in Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus (Murphy, Curtis G., author.) Frost Library; DK4140 .M87 2018

A covert action : Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War struggle in Poland (Jones, Seth G., 1972-, author.) Frost Library; DK4442 .J66 2018

Estonia : a modern history (Taylor, Neil, 1948- author.) Frost Library; DK503.66 .T38 2018

Remains of the Soviet past in Estonia : an anthropology of forgetting, repair and urban traces (Martínez, Francisco, 1982- author.) Frost Library; DK503.82 .M37 2018

Historical dictionary of Belarus (Ioffe, G. V. (Grigoriĭ Viktorovich) author.) Frost Library; DK507.37 .S55 2018

At the edge of the nation : the southern Kurils and the search for Russia's national identity (Richardson, Paul, 1979- author.) Frost Library; DK510.34 .R53 2018

Understanding Russia : the challenges of transformation (Laruelle, Marlène, author.) Frost Library; DK510.76 .L37 2019

Generation Stalin : French writers, the fatherland, and the cult of personality (Sobanet, Andrew, author.) Frost Library; DK67.5.F8 S56 2018

Russia's turn to Persia : orientalism in diplomacy and intelligence (Volkov, Denis V., author.) Frost Library; DK68.7.I7 V64 2018

Russia's Great War and Revolution in the Far East Frost Library; DK771.D3 R864 2018

Stalin's nomads : power and famine in Kazakhstan (Kindler, Robert, 1978- author.) Frost Library; DK908.8618 .K5613 2018

Encounters at the edge of the Muslim world : a political memoir of Kyrgyzstan (Huskey, Eugene, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; DK918.6 .H88 2018

Historical dictionary of Tajikistan (Abdullaev, K. N. (Kamolidin Nadzhmidinovich) author.) Frost Library; DK922.14 .A23 2018

Identity, history and trans-nationality in Central Asia : the mountain communities of Pamir Frost Library; DK929.5.P36 I34 2019

Omer Pasha Latas (Andrić, Ivo, 1892-1975, author.) Frost Library; PG1418.A6 O513 2018

Remarks on the phonological evolution of Russian in comparison with the other Slavic languages (Jakobson, Roman, 1896-1982, author.) Frost Library; PG2131 .J313 2018

Breaking with tradition : Belarusian short prose in the early twenty-first century (McMillin, Arnold B. (Arnold Barrett), 1941-, author.) Frost Library; PG2834.34 .M38 2018

Mikhail Bakhtin's heritage in literature, arts, and psychology : art and answerability Frost Library; PG2947.B3 M554 2018

Writing the time of troubles : False Dmitry in Russian literature (Morris, Marcia A., 1952-, author.) Frost Library; PG3015.5.K56 M67 2018

Explodity : sound, image, and word in Russian futurist book art (Perloff, Nancy, author.) Frost Library; PG3065.F8 P47 2016

Comedy in the Soviet theater (Yershov, Peter, 1895-1965.) Frost Library; PG3089.C6 Y4

Three metaphors for life : Derzhavin's late poetry (Smoli͡arova, Tatʹi͡ana, author, translator.) Frost Library; PG3312.Z5 S6613 2018

Ivan the fool and three shorter tales for living peaceably (Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910, author.) Frost Library; PG3366.A13 M38 2018

The seagull : an insiders' account of the groundbreaking Moscow production (Ėfros, Anatoliĭ, author.) Frost Library; PG3455.C52 E37 2019

Uncle Vanya : scenes from country life in four acts (Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904, author.) Frost Library; PG3456.D5 N45 2018

Way of all the earth (Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna, 1889-1966, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.A324 W3 2018

The essential fictions (Babelʹ, I. (Isaak), 1894-1940, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.B2 A2 2018

The beggar and other stories (Gazdanov, Gaito, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.G39 A6 2018

A failed performance : short plays & scenes (Kharms, Daniil, 1905-1942, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.K472 A2 2018

Journey to Armenia & Conversation about Dante (Mandelʹshtam, Osip, 1891-1938, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.M355 Z4613 2018

The joyous science : selected poems of Maxim Amelin (Amelin, Maksim, author.) Frost Library; PG3478.M44 A2 2018

Redemption (Gorenshteĭn, Fridrikh, 1932-2002, author.) Frost Library; PG3481.2.R45 I713 2018

Code of the word : an introduction to the universal etymological dictionary 1001 words (Suleĭmenov, Olzhas.) Frost Library; PG3488.U43 C63 2016

Bride and groom (Ganieva, Alisa, 1985- author. Ганиева, Алиса, 1985- author.) Frost Library; PG3491.94.A554 Z3513 2018

Doctor Levitin : a novel (Shraer-Petrov, David, author.) Frost Library; PG3549.S537 G4713 2018

Songs for a dead rooster : selected poems (Andrukhovych, I︠U︡riĭ, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; PG3949.1.N296 A2 2018

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pick, J. R. (Jiří Robert), 1925-1983, author.) Frost Library; PG5038.P46 S713 2018

Murder ballads and other legends (Hrabal, Bohumil, 1914-1997, author.) Frost Library; PG5039.18.R2 A2 2018

Narcotics (Witkiewicz, Stanisław Ignacy, 1885-1939, author, artist.) Frost Library; PG7158.W5212 A3 2018