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Russian Studies

Advanced searching : Russian literature

Searching by author

Frequently, catalog records for fiction will lack subject headings, so the easiest way to browse our holdings will be to search by author. To search an author in the catalog, choose the "Author" index from the dropdown menu above the search box and enter the name, with last name first.

The Library Congress has one authorized form that they use for each proper name. This can be particularly tricky when searching Cyrillic names that may have multiple transliterations. However, the catalog will redirect you when it knows of a variant spelling. For example, if you try searching dostoevskii fedor mikhailovich, the catalog will ask if you mean Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881, as this is the authorized form of his name. Simply click the provided link to be directed to the search results.

Searching by subject

If you are looking for non-fiction writings produced by a particular author, such as diaries or correspondence, try searching the subject heading authors russian. If there are multiple titles associated with the subject heading, the catalog will return your result as a link that will take you to a listing of the records. The catalog will also show you a list of related subject headings that may be even more precise than the one you are searching. For example, when you search authors russian, you are given a link to a number of records containing that subject heading, but you will also see a list of titles with that contain headings such as authors russian 19th century correspondenceauthors russian 19th century diariesauthors russian 19th century interviews, etc. Make sure you review these records as well--they will likely lead you to different resources.

Advanced searching : literary criticism

Keyword searches

Keyword searches, though imprecise, are the simplest form of searching you can do. Using the dropdown menu by the search box, select "Keyword" and enter keyword combinations such as russian literature or russian literature dostoyevsky or chekhov drama. There is no need to use quotes unless you are searching a specific keyword phrase.

Subject searches (topical)

Subject searches are more precise, but requires some knowledge of Library of Congress subject headings. Using the dropdown menu by the search box, select "Subject" and enter your subject phrase. 

  • russian literature
  • russian poetry
  • russian drama
  • philosophy russian 
  • russia intellectual life 

If there are multiple titles associated with the subject heading, the catalog will return your result as a link that will take you to a listing of the records. The catalog will also show you a list of related subject headings that may be even more precise than the one you are searching. For example, when you search russian literature, you are given a link to a number of records containing that subject heading, but you will also see a list of titles with that contain headings such as russian literature 19th century bibliographyrussian literature 19th century criticism and interpretationrussian literature 19th century history and criticism, etc. Make sure you review these records as well--they will likely lead you to different resources.

Subject searches (proper names)

You can also use the same "Subject" search to search for writers by name (see the instructions given above in "How do I search for literature?").

Again, along with the results for your name search, the catalog may show you additional records with more precise headings, such as dostoyevsky fyodor 1821-1881 criticism and interpretation or dostoyevsky fyodor 1821-1881 philosophy or dostoyevsky fyodor 1821-1881 religion. Be sure to look at these results as well.

Advanced searching : film studies

Keyword searches

Keyword searches, though imprecise, are the simplest form of searching you can do. Using the dropdown menu by the search box, select "Keyword" and enter keyword combinations such as russia cinema or soviet cinema or russia film. There is no need to use quotes unless you are searching a specific keyword phrase.

Subject searches (topical)

Subject searches are more precise, but requires some knowledge of Library of Congress subject headings. Using the dropdown menu by the search box, select "Subject" and enter your subject phrase.

  • For film studies on a certain country, enter motion pictures followed by the country of interest, e.g., motion pictures Soviet Union or motion pictures Russia (Federation).
  • For film studies on a particular region, enter motion pictures followed by the authorized Library of Congress name for the geographical region, e.g., motion pictures asia central or motion pictures europe eastern.

If there are multiple titles associated with the subject heading, the catalog will return your result as a link that will take you to a listing of the records. The catalog will also show you a list of related subject headings that may be even more precise than the one you are searching. For example, when you search motion pictures soviet union, you are given a link to a number of records containing that subject heading, but you will also see a list of titles with that contain headings such as motion pictures soviet union aestheticsmotion pictures soviet union catalogsmotion pictures soviet union exhibitionsmotion pictures soviet union history, etc. Make sure you review these records as well--they will likely lead you to different resources.

Subject searches (proper names)

You can also use the same "Subject" search to search for film makers by name. Make sure you enter last name first, e.g., eisenstein sergei. Much like subject headings, the Library Congress has one authorized spelling that they use for each proper name. This can be particularly tricky when searching Cyrillic names that may have multiple transliterations. However, the catalog will redirect you when it knows of a variant spelling. For example, if you try searching tarkovsky andrei or tarkovski andrei, the catalog will ask if you mean Tarkovskiĭ, Andreĭ Arsenʹevich, 1932-1986, as this is the authorized form of his name. Simply click the provided link to be directed to the search results.

Again, along with the results for your name search, the catalog may show you additional records with more precise headings, such as tarkovskii, andrei arsen'evich, 1932-1986, criticism and interpretation or tarkovskii, andrei arsen'evich, 1932-1986 interviews. Be sure to look at these results as well.