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Russian 203: Socio-historical context

Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature in Translation
Prof. Vladimir Ivantsov
Fall 2019

Reference Sources


Searching the Library Catalog

In library catalogs, such as the Williams Library Catalog and Worldcat  you can search for information about 

  • a country or region 
  • a person 
  • an historical event 
  • a literary or cultural trend 

The best search strategy when search for socio-historical context is to start with keyword searches and expand to subject searches 

  1. Keyword searching: Use terms of your using - combine them in a variety of combination to maximize chances of finding sources
  2. Subject searching: Use standardized subject terms assigned by the Library of Congress.  Using one of the book found through your keyword searches, trace the relevant subject heading. Subjects used to research socio-historical context would look like this: