Russian and Slavic Studies (Advanced Researchers)

This guide is an in-depth listing of Russian & Slavic Studies resources available to students and faculty at the University of Minnesota

Russian Dictionaries

For additional dictionaries, see consult Libraries Search. 

Other Slavic and East European Dictionaries and Resources

Czech Dictionaries

For additional dictionaries, see consult Libraries Search. 

Transliteration and Cyrillic Keyboard Resources

What is transliteration?  Transliteration is the conversion of a text into a different alphabet. To effectively research topics on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, you'll need to convert Cyrillic letters into Latin ones. For example, цензура ("censorship" in English) would be transliterated as t͡senzura

Transliteration systems can vary by country and time period. Transliteration styles are also not always consistent between books, periodicals, and online resources. For this reason it can be useful to try a variety of searches if you're not getting the results you think you should. You might see different results, for example, if you search for Dostoevsky, Dostoevskii, Dostoevskij. 

The most common transliteration system used in library catalogs and databases is the ALA-LC Romanization system. You can consult this ALA-LC transliteration table for Russian.  

Tips for searching:

- Search first with Latin characters in library catalogs. Many catalog records do not have Cyrillic terms. 

- Some databases have virtual keyboards which allow you to converts letters. 

- To find what you need, you may need to use both transliterated terms and terms in Cyrillic. 

Last Updated: Feb 29, 2024 3:02 PM