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RUS 4301/4302 Survey of Russian Literature: Home

Guide to resources for literary research

Welcome!

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Welcome to the library research guide for Russian 4301.  Here you will find the resources you will need for finding the sources for your research paper.  

It includes resources for:

  • Finding primary sources
  • Finding background information
  • Finding scholarly articles of literary criticism

Also in this guide you can find links to:

  • Specialized reference works on Russian literature and authors
  • a guide about Zotero, a citation management tool

Finding Primary Sources

To find primary sources, perform an author search in OneSearch.

You can use OneSearch to find primary sources.  You can do a keyword search for the name of the person, but a more focused way to search for biographical sources is to choose "Library Catalog" at the top of the search page, choose  "Author/Creator" from the drop down list, and then put the name of the person in the search box in this format "LastName, FirstName" (ex. "Allende, Isabel").  

The results will be all the materials we have in the library that are authored by that person.

Finding Background Information

To get scholarly biographical or background information on an author or a literary work or movement, search one of these databases, which also can be found in print in the reference section.


You can also find background/biographical information in OneSearch by performing a subject search.

You can use OneSearch to find primary sources.  You can do a keyword search for the name of the person, but a more focused way to search for biographical sources is to choose "Library Catalog" at the top of the search page, choose  "Subject" from the drop down list, and then put the name of the person in the search box in this format "LastName, FirstName" (ex. "Allende, Isabel") and then choose "Subject" on the next line and put in the term "Biography".  

The results will be all the materials we have in the library that are biographies of that particular person.

Finding Criticism

To find criticism of a literary work, search the MLA International Bibliography for your topic, author or literary work.  You can combine keywords (i.e. "Fyodor Dostoyevsky" and "Christianity") to limit your list of results.  You can also limit your results by language. 

While searching the MLA will most likely provide you with a good set of results, there are a few other Spanish language databases listed here which can sometimes provide some good results too.  These databases are not only for literature, so you may have to wade through extraneous results.


You can also find literary criticism on your author or work in OneSearch by performing a subject search with this formula

You can use OneSearch to find primary sources.  You can do a keyword search for the name of the person, but a more focused way to search for biographical sources is to choose "Library Catalog" at the top of the search page, choose  "Subject" from the drop down list, and then put the name of the person in the search box in this format "LastName, FirstName" (ex. "Allende, Isabel") and then choose "Subject" on the next line and put in the term "Criticism and Interpretation".  

The results will be all the materials we have in the library that are biographies of that particular person.

Beyond Literary Research

If the focus of your research paper goes beyond just the literary text, please use these databases to find scholarly resources in the following subject areas:

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