Occasionally, REEEC will post information about sources that are new or under-utilized in the vast collection of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian resources available at Illinois. These posts are written by library staff and are posted in the interest of sharing news and information about the library with REEEC’s community.
Two online resources often overlooked by students and faculty in REEES are ISI Emerging Markets and East View’s suite of full-text newspaper databases. These massive full-text databases provide a fully-searchable vernacular-language window into current events throughout Russia, the CIS, Eastern Europe, and beyond.
Drawing on over 13,000 national, regional and local information sources, the ISI Emerging Markets database contains an amazing breadth and depth of material relating to the economic and political life of the REEE region. The list of sources for Russia, for example, includes not only newswires in various languages, transcripts of radio and TV broadcasts, numerous statistical packages, and the entire Garant law database in Russian and English, but also the full text of a number of national and regional newspapers going back several years (see here and here for examples).
For even more chronological depth and subject breadth, East View’s Universal Databases of Russian Central Newspapers, Russian Regional Newspapers, Ukrainian Publications and CIS and Baltic Newspapers can all be accessed here. The full text of East View’s thousands of issues of hundreds of different serial publications can be searched simultaneously, or users can zero in on a single publication or group of publications, all the way down to the single-issue level. The digital archive for many publications reaches back into the 1990s.
Updated daily, these two resources represent a major commitment by the UIUC Library to provide our users with the best possible access to current REEE news and information, both in English and in the languages of the region.
By: Kit Condill (Visiting Slavic Acquisitions Specialist, International & Area Studies Library, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)