Drew University Library

Research Guide:  The Devil in Russian Culture
Fall 2005

Locating Background Information:

Modern Encyclopedia of East Slavic, Baltic and Eurasian Literatures, 1994-
Ref 891.703 M689m
Scholarly discussions of Russian authors.  (It's only published up through the "I" volume, so you can use it for Dostoevsky and Gogol, but not Pushkin or Tolstoy.)

Reference Guide to Russian Literature, 1998.
Ref 891.703 R332r
A one-volume guide to Russian authors.  After selective bibliographies and a brief biography, the major works are individually discussed.

Cyclopedia of World Authors, 1997.
Ref 928 C995c
Gives lists of works, a sketch of the author's life, and a very selective bibliography on the author.

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
Reference 809.04 T971t
Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
809.034 N714n
Provide excerpts of criticism of a wide range of modern authors.

An eclectic collection of links, maintained by the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

SEELRC Webliography
A directory of web sites pertaining to the study and teaching of Slavic languages and literatures.

Locating Books:

Use the sources listed above to identify recommended works.  To see if Drew owns them, and to search for additional books, check the Drew Library Catalog, which had context-sensitive help available.  Keep your searches fairly general:  look for works on a specific author, and check the index of the books you find for treatment of specific themes.

Locating Journal Articles:

Academic Search Premiere (under "Starting Points" in Online Reference Sources and Articles on the Research Resources page):  Indexes around 3000 journals and magazines, and provides full-text for about half. Click on "Academic Journals" to begin to winnow out more popular material.

ProQuest Direct (under "Starting Points" in Online Reference Sources and Articles on the Research Resources page):
Indexes around 2000 journals, magazines and newspapers, with full-text for about half. In the results, you can separate out articles in popular magazines from more academic ones, but do not assume that all the articles under "Scholarly Journals" actually are scholarly.

Locating Public Internet Sources:

After you've browsed through the recommended sites listed above, use a search engine to pin-point relevant sources on individual authors or topics.