European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

This research guide is designed for faculty and students doing research in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

Define and get an overview of your topic or find definitions of key terms and concepts:

Government Information -Canadian or International background information

Government Statistics

Think Tank  -  limited to think tanks dealing in public policy, including NGOs (non-governmental organizations)

Explore your topic
Use search engine on the library home page to search for books, journal articles, newspapers....
Use this search when starting research on a topic or when you are not sure which databases to use.

Fulltext eBook Collections:

SAGE Research Methods (supports beginning and advanced researchers throughout a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings)
Cambridge University Press eBooks
Springer eBooks
Columbia International Affairs Online
Oxford University Press eBooks
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
Canadian Publishers Collection
Wiley Online Journals

Digi 20  - A full-text edition of over 4000 German-language monographs in the humanities and social sciences from major German academic presses
OstDok - Eastern European Documents online.  Includes digitized versions of academic monographs and periodicals in Eastern European studies


Explore the journal titled Canadian Journal of European and Russian Studies published by the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University.

Key Databases
American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies
European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies
Columbia International Affairs Online

Additional Databases
Russian National Bibliography
Political Science Database (previously ProQuest Political Science)
PAIS Index (previously PAIS International)
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
International Political Science Abstracts
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports
Central and Eastern European Online Library
Historical Abstracts
IHS Jane's: Defence & Security Intelligence & Analysis
Dissertations and Theses Global

Citation searching will help you identify important journals and articles.  The impact factor (IF) measures  the average number of citations to articles published in a journal. 

Use Journal Citation Reports to evaluate and compare the impact of scholarly journals
Use Citation Indexes to find if a particular author and/or paper has been cited by other authors.           

Web of Science    
       Select Cited Reference Search from top tool bar.
You have the article
         Sahadeo, J. (2005). Epidemic and empire: Ethnicity, class, and "Civilization" in the 1892 Tashkent Cholera Riot. Slavic Review 64 (1), 117-139. doi: 10.2307/3650069

       Enter one author in cited author box
                 (use surname, first initial and truncation symbol)          
       Retrieve abbreviation of journal name from list provided, and enter year of publication.  World Polit
       Deselect disciplines not relevant from listing under Citation Databases

From the list, select the article and click on Finish Search at the top of the list.
Note the option Create Alert to be notified of any future citings of this article.

       Choose Author Search from top tool bar.
       Enter author's name and affiliation if known
               Hurrelmann, Achim
 Select displayed result.  On right hand side all published articles by the author will be listed.  Click on article for citing references.

Hurrelmann, A., Gora, A., & Wagner, A. (2015). The politicization of European integration: More than an elite affair? Political Studies 63 (1), 43-59. doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.12090

Google Scholar also tracks how many times an item is cited by other documents

Consult the News Guide for details of news sources.
Tips for searching newspaper databases.

For current newspapers/news:

For historical Canadian & other newspapers:

The listing below are the websites of major EU institutions:

The EUR-Lex database provides free access to the following:

  • The Official Journal of the European Union
  • EU law (EU treaties, directives, regulations, decisions, consolidated legislation, etc.)
  • Preparatory acts (legislative proposals, reports, green and white papers, etc.)
  • EU case-law (judgements, orders, etc.)
  • International agreements
  • EFTA (European Free Trade Association) documents

Russian Sources:


Western Europe

Eastern Europe

Other websites

Citing Print and Electronic Resources

Copyright at Carleton
Citation Management

Thesis & Dissertation Writing Guides

How to write a literature review

  •    SAGE Research Methods (supports beginning and advanced researchers throughout a research project, from writing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing up and publishing the findings)
  •     Conducting a Literature Review (Carleton University guide)
  •     How to write a literature review (Concordia University Libraries)
  •     Literature reviews (University of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  •     Conducting research literature reviews : from the Internet to paper  Q180.55.M4 F56 2010
  •     Doing your literature review : traditional and systematic techniques  H62 .J44 2011
  •     How to research Q180.55.M4 B59 2010 [chapter 4]
  •     Information skills : finding and using the right resources  ZA3075 .G75 2010 [chapter 2]
  •     The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students LB2369 .R525 2012
  •     Social research methods : qualitative and quantitative approaches HM571 .N48 2011 [chapter 5]
  •     Systematic approaches to a successful literature reviewLB1047.3 .B6 2012
  •     Telling a research story: writing a literature review LB2389.F43 2009
  •     Writing literature reviews : a guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences  H62 .G35 2017
  • Thomson-Nelson Guide to Research and Writing in Political Science.  JA86 .C43 2006
  • Political science research methods JA73 .J64 2012
  • Politics on the Internet: A Student Guide.  JA86.B83 2005 (online)
  • A Student's guide for Writing in Political Science  JA86.M37 (print and online)
  • Writing in Political Science: A Practical Guide  JA86.S36 2005
  • How to map arguments in political science JA71.P37 2007 (online)
  • Information skills: finding and using the right resources  ZA3075 .G75 2010
  • The postgraduate research handbook : succeed with your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD LB 2371.W576 2008
  • The essential guide : research writing across the disciplines LB2369.L399 2005
Content last reviewed: May 26, 2021