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Film and Nation: Russia and Central Asia

Research Sources & Tips







Facts and Overviews

Books on Russian and Central Asian Films

Scholarly Journal and Magazine/Newspaper Articles

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Facts and Overviews


book coverDirectory of World Cinema: Russia
edited by Birgit Beumers.
PN1993.5.R9 B48 2009


book coverA History of Russian Cinema
Birgit Beumers.
PN1993.5.R9 B48 2009


book coverRussia and its Other(s) on Film: Screening Intercultural Dialogue
edited by Stephen Hutchings.
PN1993.5.R9 R83 2008


International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

book coverHistorical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema
Peter Rollberg.
Bookstacks: PN1998.2 .R578 2009


book coverEast European Cinemas
edited by Anikó Imre.
PN1993.5.E82 E37 2005


book coverCinema of the other Europe: the Industry and Artistry of East Central European Film.
Dina Iordanova.
PN1993.5.E82 I57 2003


book coverThe BFI Companion to Eastern European and Russian Cinema
edited by Richard Taylor ... [et al.].
PN1993.5.E2 B44 2000


II. Books on Russian and Central Asian Films

A. Use Library Catalogs to find books

B. Sample Searches:

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)

1. Tufts Libraries Catalog

2. WorldCat (beyond Tufts)

Path of Discovery in the Catalogs

1. Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.


Author Menashe, Louis.
Title Moscow Believes in Tears: Russians and Their Movies
Publisher Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2010.
Subject motion pictures Soviet Union
Motion pictures -- Russia (Federation) -- History.
Motion picture producers and directors -- Soviet Union -- Interviews.
Motion picture producers and directors -- Russia (Federation) -- Interviews.

Subject Browses:


Tarkovskii, Andrei Arsenevich.

Pudovkin, Vsevolod Illarionovich.

Eisenstein, Sergei.



in the Context of:

motion pictures -- Russia (Federation)

motion pictures Soviet Union


the Broader Context:

motion pictures Europe

motion pictures Europe Eastern

motion pictures -- Europe central


A Specific Topic:

European national cinema, identity/culture in cinema

Advanced Keyword search:

Material Type:


Tip: nation* searches for nation, national, etc.


III. Journal and Magazine/Newspaper Articles

A. Collections of Journals and Subject Databases

B. Finding Full Text

1. and 2. JSTOR and Project Muse

Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.

3. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start. Here are some RSS feeds:



4. Film, Mass Media, History, Women's Studies and East European Studies

Limit Your Results


5. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.



1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.

2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.

C. Magazines and Newspaper Articles

D. A Few Core Journals


1. Current:


Book, Movie, Music, Play, And Video Reviews (in LexisNexis)

Factiva (more international coverage)

2. Historical


Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)

New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)


Camera Obscura

Cinema Journal


Film & History

Film History

Film Quarterly


Journal of Film and Video

The Movie Image

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art


Quarterly Review of Film and Video


The Velvet Light Trap

Wide Angle



Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.

Journal of Eurasian studies


Russian Review

Russian History

Russian Studies in History

Slavic and East European Journal


Find an electronic-journal by title


IV. Writing and Citing

Writing Help


Citing Sources

A Short Guide to Writing about Film by Timothy Corrigan. Ref: PN1995 .C66 2010


Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


MLA Style (for citing sources)