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CEUS R320 R520 Central Asia in Soviet Times

Soviet Central Asia in the Library

The library’s collection for Soviet Central Asia is extensive.

It is located on the 6th floor of the Wells Library east wing, ALF (Auxiliary Library Facilities, aka. remote storage), and online.

The library has a dedicated subject librarian for Central Asian studies, Dr. Akram Habibulla (; Wells E960; 812-855-9885).

The librarian for Slavic and East European studies is Wookjin Cheun ( ; Wells E560; 812-855-9413).

Library of Congress call number ranges for History of Central Asia:

DK845-860 Soviet Central Asia. West Turkestan
DK901-909.5 Kazakhstan. Kazakh S.S.R.
DK909.2-909.39 Alma Ata
DK911-919.5 Kyrgyzstan. Kirghiz S.S.R. Kirghizia
DK919.2-919.39 Frunze
DK921-929.5 Tajikistan. Tajik S.S.R. Tadzhikistan
DK929.2-929.39 Dushanbe
DK931-939.5 Turkmenistan. Turkmen S.S.R. Turkmenia
DK939.2-939.39 Ashkhabad
DK941-949.5 Uzbekistan. Uzbek S.S.R.
DK949.2-949.39 Tashkent

How to Find Books in the Library?

Use IUCAT or OneSearch@IU

Transliteration Tables

Try "Subject Headings" when searching. Some of the useful "Subject Headings" include:
Personal names 
Historical events ("Collectivization of agriculture"; Sedentarization; Famines)

Country names (Kazakhstan; Uzbekistan; "Asia, Central")
Disciplines (Anthropology; "Political science")
Time periods ("20th century"; 1939-1945; 1989- )
Types of materials (Sources; Encyclopedias; Dictionaries)
Refine search results applying different criteria such as language, subject, publication year, format, etc.


How to Find Journal Articles?

English-language Articles
Academic search

Russian-language Articles
Universal database of Russian social sciences and humanities

Primary Sources

Citation Styles

For more information on citation styles visit "Help With Writing Sources" on the library website.

Reference Sources


Sibirskaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia (1929-1932?) [an extensive article on Kazakh ASSR]
Bolʹshaia sovetskaia entsiklopediia (1926-1947; 1949-1958; 1970-1981) 

Sovetskaia istoricheskaia entsiklopediia (1961-1976) [16 vols.]
Rossiiskaia istoricheskaia entsiklopediia (2015- )

Historical dictionary of Kazakhstan (2012)
Historical dictionary of Tajikistan (2018)

Aggregators (or Reference Suites)
Oxford Reference Online
Gale Virtual Reference Online

Europa World Plus

Prominent Journals