Full(-text) disclosure: the Hungarian example

A well-known "secret" within the Slavic Reference Service is that libraries and information organizations from across Eastern Europe provide full-text access to many of their best resources. Hungary, oddly enough, is one of the best examples of this phenomenon.

Below is a list of a few online databases that offer the full-text feature for their items. Be prepared to encounter some restrictions, however, since copyright laws still apply in Hungary and items may not be available to users outside the country. Give it a try, though, and you may be surprised at what you find.


Changes at the Slavic Reference Service

After 30 years I will be leaving the Slavic Reference Service for some new opportunities that arose in the library.  This was something I had been considering for the last couple of years and all the retirements in our library afforded me some wonderful opportunities.  The Slavic Reference Service will of course continue its excellent work.

Thank you for all your support over the years!  The new manager for the SRS has not yet been selected but there will be an announcement when that occurs.

Helen Sullivan


SRS External Survey

Dear Slavic Reference Service Patrons,
We are currently conducting an external evaluation of the Slavic Reference Service.  The SRS staff would be extremely grateful for your participation.  We value your feedback.  As with any surveys, please refrain from using any personal data.   If you have any questions or concerns regarding this external survey, contact Ms. Julia Burke [Email: jlburke@illinois.edu] at:
I-STEM Education Initiative
704 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Please click on the link below to take the survey:

SRS External Survey


Congratulations Professor Kleimola!

Congratulations to Professor Ann Kleimola who, in May 2012,  was  made a laureate, Socius Honoris Causa, of ELTE (Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem/ Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, the oldest university in Hungary), Ruszisztikai Központ (Faculty of Russistics).

Professor Kleimola is a long time attendee of the Summer Research Lab at the University of Illinois and the moderator of our annual Early Russian History group at the SRL.


Digitized Collections of Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine

The major Ukrainian library has been successfully developing its collection of digitized materials. Library users can access full-text governmental publications of different historical periods; rare books and early Ukrainian prints; rare publications on Ukrainian history and culture; Western European incunabula of 15th-16th centuries; publications on ethnography.


Digital library "Culture of Ukraine" online

Digital library “Culture of Ukraine” is an excellent internet source that gives you the opportunity to read rare publications pertaining to cultural history of Ukraine. Books, albums, journals, magazines, and rare publications in full format on architecture, arts, music, ethnography, religion, folklore, photography, theater, and cinema are easily accessible. Ukrainian libraries, museums, and academic institutions are among project participants. The site has subject and alphabetic catalogs, and it is regularly updated. 


B. Hrinchenko's Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language now available online

Borys Hrinchenko's Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language is one of the most important books in the history of the modern Ukrainian language. It has 68 000 registered words, and it is the first significant Ukrainian lexicographic collection with the translation of its words into Russian. The Dictionary is an indispensable source for those who are interested in the Ukrainian language and its history. It can be of great service for translators, Slavic linguists, and students of Ukrainian and other Slavic languages.
The Dictionary was first published in Kyiv in 1907-09. The online version is based on the four-volume edition of 1958.
Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language by Borys Hrinchenko

Register of Declassified Archival Records of Ukraine

During the last twenty years the archival system of Ukraine went through dramatic changes in order to make country's rich archival archival resources available for public. As a result of these changes, central and local archives not only declassified their numerous records that were previously inaccessible, but they also created registers of declassified records that now are available in the PDF format online.
This link will direct you to those registers:


New Code of Conduct for Uzbek Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, in the "Global Ticker" section, posted a short piece on the new code of conduct proposed by the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Education of Uzbekistan. The article appeared in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty [on Monday. January 23, 2012] under the following article title: "The Byzantine 'ethics' of Uzbek bathrooms breaks, handshakes, Youtube posts." Among the new rules listed, this one will lead to some discussion in North America: “categorically ban publishing, saving, or distribution via computers of different materials not related to a higher education institution"[as stated by Radio Free/Radio Liberty]. Researchers can view the full article here.