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SSEES Languages and Culture



UCL SSEES Library subscribes to a large number of both electronic and print versions of newspapers and journals. They predominantly focus on Eastern Europe as the selection of the journals reflects the research interests of the School. The journals are available in wide range of native languages from across the region. There is also a strong selection of English language journals focusing on Eastern Europe, including Slavonic and East European Review, published by the School.

Some journals will only be available in print form, some only electronically and some in both forms. Recent years have seen a transition from print to electronic version and as a result of this more and more journals are available electronically. This is particularly true for Russia and the former Soviet Union countries

Print journals (also referred to as periodicals) are usually cannot be borrowed. Recent issues are available in the library while older volumes are kept at STORE and need to be ordered in advance via Explore.

Types of periodical publications

Used to disseminate scholarly information that relates to a particular academic discipline. They are aimed at researchers and are often peer-reviewed, which means that articles are evaluated by experts in the field before publication to ensure the information in them is accurate and well presented. An example of academic journal is the Slavonic and East European Review.

Generally printed on glossy paper (but can also be available online), they are aimed at a more general audience than academic journals and can include opinions and news items, too. An example of magazine is the Times Educational Supplement or the Hungarian historical magazine Rubicon.  

Published on a daily basis, the focus of these is on news items and they can be wide in scope. An example of newspaper is The Moscow TimesRzeczpospolita or Magyar Hang

Usually published by a special group, learned society or professional organisation and aimed at people working in a specific industry. An example of trade publication is Slavic & East European information resources.

Key journals in your subject area

Below you can find a selected few key resources in the Languages and Culture subject area related to Eastern Europe. 

This is not an exhaustive list. For further generic titles and country or subject specific periodicals, please browse our comprehensive journal catalogue or visit our area and subject guides

Finding journals in SSEES Library

To discover whether a periodical is available in printed or electronic version, or maybe on microform (microfilm and microfiche) check the Library catalogue on Explore by searching for the journal title. Select "Journal titles" from the drop down menu to limit your search. The results will show the location of the journal and indicate whether it is available in print and/or electronic version.

If the journal is available in print form, it will be located on the open shelves on the Lower Ground Floor of SSEES Library, arranged by alphabetical order; or would be kept in our off-site Store in case of older issues. If you need to consult a periodical kept in Store, please submit a request for the relevant volume via Explore

Finding the full-text

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If you're using one of our databases to find journal articles, you might not be able to read the article within the database itself. If you see the Findit@UCL icon, click on it to link to the full-text

Sometimes you will see a link to the publisher's site. Unless the article is open access, you might find that you can't reach the full-text.

Clicking on the Findit@UCL link instead will link you to the full-text via UCL's subscription access, if available.

If you're using Google Scholar you can set up the Library Links feature so that it will display a findit@UCL link to help show you which articles are available via UCL subscriptions.