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Russian Studies and Language


This subject guide highlights some key discipline resources to get you started with study and research. 

Language resources

Website Dictionary (click on image below)

Russian Dictionary

Encyclopedias and handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Russian History

This handbook is currently in development, with individual articles publishing online in advance of print publication. At this time, we cannot add information about unpublished articles in this handbook, however the table of contents will continue to grow as additional articles pass through the review process and are added to the site. Please note that the online publication date for this handbook is the date that the first article in the title was published online.

Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on January 29, 2016).


New Russian History

Cambridge History of Russia


To find books on a particular subject, do a keyword search in the Library Catalogue. Alternatively you can search by title, author, etc.
You can also find books on similar topics through the subject headings in item records. Click on these headings to find related subjects and titles. 

Screenshot of how to use subject headings in the library catalogue

Looking for a book we don't have or is not on our shelves?


Inter-Library Loans

University of Melbourne staff and students can request resources through the Library’s Inter-Library Loans service. For more information visit the ILL web page, or you can access the request forms.


Logo of CAVAL

A CAVAL card allows you to borrow from other universities and TAFEs. Visit the CAVAL website to find out how to sign up for a CAVAL card.

You can then use the Trove website to see which library has the book you want.

Databases and journals

Russian studies-specific databases:
First of all, try searching in one of these subject-specific databases.

Use databases to search across many academic resources (including peer-reviewed journals) at the same time. 

Refer to the A-Z Ejournals and Databases page for a comprehensive list of available resources. 

Core Arts and Humanities databases (try these first):

The selection of multidisciplinary databases below will retrieve results from different subject areas. 

Statistics / Yearbooks

Click on the button below to view statistical resources that the Library holds/has access to (this will open in a new window). 



  • For more information about finding news, click on the button below (this will open in a new window).


Visit the News and Newspapers Library Guide

TV and streaming media

Television databases
Streaming media

Referencing and citing

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