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HIST 225J : Revolutionary Russia: Books

Searching for Books

Be sure to take advantage of services like Borrow DirectInterlibrary Loan, and Scan and Deliver. These services can save you time and give you access to a much larger selection of books. The approximate wait times for these services are listed below.

How long does it take?

Open Stacks

Up to You

Campus Delivery

0-1 Day

Scan and Deliver

1-2 days

Borrow Direct

2-4 Days

Interlibrary Loan

Article (Scan)

2-4 Days*


Loan (Book/Physical Material)

9 -12 Days*


*Average turnaround times. Times may vary depending on availability and response of lending institutions.


Searching Tips

  • Keep variations in mind when searching for Russian words in English. Dostoevsky, for example, can also be Dostoevskii or Dostoevskij, depending on the transliteration standard being used by the author. Trying different variations will give you more search results.

Useful Subject Headings

These subject headings will yield relevant results in Orbis, Quicksearch, and WorldCat.

Revolution (Russia:1905-1907)

Russia--History--Revolution, 1905-1907

Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921

Soviet Union, Southern--History--Revolution, 1917-1921

Russia (Territory under White Armies, 1918-1920)

Russia--Politics and government--1904-1914

Russia--Politics and government--1917-1936

Soviet Union--Social life and customs--1917-1970


The subjects above will often have specific terms attached to help you narrow your search. For example, if you are looking for memoirs, you can try looking for books with the subject "Russia--History--Revolution, 1905-1907--Personal narratives." Here are a few more examples:

  • Art and the revolution
  • Biography
  • Causes
  • Chronology
  • Foreign public opinion
  • Historiography
  • Humor
  • Influence
  • Literature and the revolution
  • Participation
  • Periodicals
  • Personal narratives
  • Press coverage
  • Sources