This research guide is designed for faculty and students doing research in Russian, East European, 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)

Economics Search Engine (American Economic Association)

Explore your topic
Use Summon - which makes it possible to search across many of the library's collections simultaneously. Including books, ebooks, journal titles, games, music, videos, government information, maps, and more.

However,  Summon doesn't search everything that the library owns or subscribes to so you will still need to search other resources to find everything that you need. Summon also doesn't let you do sophisticated searches that you may be used to doing in specific databases or the library catalogue.  

When to use Summon

  • When starting research on a topic
  • If you are not sure which databases to use

Use the catalogue to find books, government documents, conference proceedings, films and journals.  Only the titles of journals are included in the catalogue: use the databases to search for individual articles.

If you know the title of the item you seek, perform a title search.

If you know the author, perform an author search.  Enter the author's name with the surname first.

Otherwise, try a keyword search.  Scroll down the keyword search page to get help and tips such as:

Use Boolean operators to refine or expand your search:

    AND to find all of the words in any order
    OR to find any of the words
    AND NOT to exclude one or more words

When using more than one operator, use parentheses to group words.

example (work or lab*r or employment) and canad*

Once you find one or more good books, look at the SUBJECT headings that have been used.  Follow those SUBJECT heading links to find related books.

Fulltext eBook Collections:
Cambridge University Press 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 Review of European and Russian Affairs 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
Current Digest of the Post Soviet Press
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 ariticle and click on Finish Search at the top of the list.
Results show the article has been cited 37 times - the most recent in  2013.
Note the option Create Alert to be notified of any future citings of this article.

       Choose Author Seach 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

If you know the name of a journal, look it up by its journal title in the catalogue. If you don't know journal names, you can search for journals in the catalogue. Try the subject headings:

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:

Russian Sources:


Western Europe

Eastern Europe


  •    Library of Congress
  •    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
       Contains daily reports of developments in Eastern Europe.
  •    Radio Prague
       An international broadcast station for the Czech Republic. Currently broadcast in five languages: English, Czech, German,
       Spanish and French. Covers Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  •    Interfax News Agency
       Website for news and information on Russia, CIS and Baltic countries.
  •    Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst
       From Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University.
  •    Russian public opinion center
    • Всероссийский центр изучения общественного мнения (ВЦИОМ)

      Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM). The "База данных" section includes a searchable database with data 1992-present; articles on current issues; ratings, conference reports, exit-poll data; data from ongoing projects. Other useful sections include Новости (News) and Выборы-2012 (Elections-2012).

    • Левада-Центр - Includes an omnibus survey service. Archive (Архив) includes a list of previous surveys and results. Data from some specific projects are available freely online. Includes several indexes of current PO data of general interest.

Useful websites


Citing Print and Electronic Resources

Copyright at Carleton
Citation Management
(workshops offered at the Library)

Thesis & Dissertation Writing Guides

How to write a literature review