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Russian History

This guide will introduce you to resources you can use when researching Russian history.

Why Use Background Information?

Stack of BooksFinding background information is an important part of the research process. It helps you:

  • learn about topics with which you are unfamiliar
  • identify important facts related to your topic - keywords, dates, events, history, and names and organizations
  • refine your topic
  • find additional sources of information through bibliographies and works cited

Reference Databases

Reviewing the literature or gaining background information on a topic is a critical first step in the research process. You might do this by conducting a Google search or going to Wikipedia and reading up on a subject. We suggest using the reference databases the library subscribes to or books found in the reference section as a scholarly alternative.  

News Databases

Use our news databases to find current events articles on your topic. These databases include magazines and newspapers. This is a great way to get some background information, refine your topic, develop keywords, and learn about current events or issues.