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Finding non-English resources: Cyrillic

A guide to help you find non-English resources

Detail from Soviet Poster "Ленинизм : великий источник дружбы и Братства народов СССР/Leninism : velikiĭ istochnik druzhby i bratstva narodov SSSR". Photo by Anna Rubinowski.

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If you can't find what you're looking for, don't give up. Persistence will pay off! 

But you may need to try different methods to find suitable resources.

Searching and Finding Resources on Eastern Europe and Russia

The Library catalogues all titles in Slavic languages in transliteration. Transliteration is used to display the Cyrillic alphabet using Roman characters. The transliteration follows the transliteration tables provided by the Library of Congress for various non-Roman languages (ALA-LC Romanization Tables: Transliteration Schemes for Non-Roman Scripts), including Slavic and non-Slavic languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet. 

Only titles acquired in the last few years will have the original Cyrillic title included in the catalogue record, therefore it is important to be familiar with the correct transliteration method used. Check individual databases to find more information on what transliteration standard was used.

Click on the thumbnail below to open an infographic that introduces some helpful strategies to find resources for your Eastern European, Russian or Soviet Studies: