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Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Resources @ Pitt: Getting Started

This guide provides information & annotated links to some of the best resources for doing research on Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe.

What Do You Need To Do?

Librarians can help you:

Focus a Topic Consult your textbook, your assignment guidelines, or your professor for appropriate topics.  Our "Developing a Research Topic" tutorial may be of helpful.

Choose a Database and Find Material  Use the "REEES Articles" or "PittCat" tab above. 

Find a Book Use the "Books" or "PittCat" tab above.

Find Country Specific Resources Use the "REEES Country Web Resources"  tab above.

Find Statistics  -  Use the "Statistics" Or "Statistical Web Links" tab above.

Determine if Sources are Scholarly  -  Use the "Evaluating Sources" tab above.

About this REEES guide ...

This guide highlights important high quality resources for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REEES) research. It also identifies major national and international resources. The information included here should be treated as entry points for further documentation and bibliography. The tabs at the top of the page will connect you to categories of resources and information.

About the Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REEES) Collection


The term Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh refers to material from and about the following countries: 

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

The Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (REEES) Collection at Pitt

This interdisciplinary subject area covers nearly all areas of the social sciences and humanities related to these countries, as well as material on their environments. The material is in English, languages of these countries, and other Western languages.

For additional resources and information see:  the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, and the REESWeb: Russian and East European Studies Internet Resources pages.

Hillman Library Resources

The Russian, East European & Eurasian collection consists of over 600,000 volumes, of which a very substantial number are in the languages of the area, plus hundreds of newspapers and periodicals from or about the region. Many of the latter are in electronic format, on external databases, or on CD-ROM. The East European collection includes nearly 100,000 holdings in Polish literature, history, politics, and culture as well as rare books, newspapers, and musical scores that were formerly housed at Alliance College.

Strengths of the collection are Russian and Polish history, literature, culture, political science, economics, international relations, and the life of immigrants from these REEES countries in the United States.  Polish-American resources are especially well-represented at the University of Pittsburgh.  There is also a special collection of Slovak monographs and serials.  Pitt has been actively working to enhance the Slovak, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and Romanian collections overall.  An extensive exchange program of materials with Russian and East European institutions provides material unavailable through other sources.

Holdings estimates are currently about 56 percent Russian centered, 18 percent Polish, 9 percent Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, 9 percent Romanian, and 8 percent Slovak.

Video Collection

A collection of over 8,000 Russian, East European & Eurasian films, which is under continuous development, is housed in the University's Stark Media Resource Center  located in Hillman Library.

Other Libary Collections

Other materials relating to the region are found in the Frick Fine Arts Library, and the libraries of the Barco Law School and Katz Graduate School of Business.

Curator for Slavic, European, and Eurasian Studies

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Dan Pennell
University of Pittsburgh
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