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Böhmerwald – Künstlerbuch des tschechischen Künstlers Josef Váchal | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek complements its renowned collection by two very rare works of the Czech artist Josef Váchal (1884 – 1969): "Ďáblova zahrádka, aneb přírodopis strašidel" ("The devil's garden, or the natural history of spirits") of the year 1924 and "Šumava umírající a romantická" ("Bohemian Forest dying and romantical") of 1931. The two impressive, leather-bound folio volumes are illustrated with exquisite coloured wood engravings and rank among the absolute masterpieces of Czech modern art between the two world wars.

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Fachsystematische Suche für Altertums-, Geschichts- und Musikwissenschaft sowie Ost- und Südosteuropastudien | © BSB/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

The high-quality classificatory subject indexing can now also be used in the OPACplus for thematic searches for academic literature of the past two decades in the subject fields of classical studies, studies of history, musicology and eastern and south-eastern Europe. This constitutes a substantial enhancement of subject-related search possibilities.

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Pravda, Ausschnitt der Titelseite vom 16. November 1912 | © East View Information Services

The provider East View offers free-of-charge access to various online resources for students and researchers up to the end of July of 2020 within the scope of the license held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The offer runs the gamut from "Pravda" (issues up to December 2019), to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", "Novaya Gazeta", "The Current Digest of the Russian Press" and "The Current Digest of the Chinese Press", up to the e-book collection "Essential Russian Classics".

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© PantherMedia/gunnar3000 (YAYMicro)

In order to support students and teaching during the summer semester 2020, the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies provides tutorials on information literacy at short notice, which are intended, among other things, as online study materials for independent use by students.

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Gudok Digital Archive | © East View Information Services

Published continuously since 1917, "Gudok" is one of the oldest and high-ranking specialist journals in Russia. While it started out with small print runs as a journal dedicated predominantly to topics revolving around the railway industry, the journal evolved in the course of time to become a journal of nation-wide coverage due to its increasing popularity.

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The newsletter of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies enables you to stay up to date in the field of East-European studies. It contains information about interesting digital or printed source and material collections, newly licensed databases and research tools, freshly published research data, "thematic dossiers" as a "first point of access" to selected areas of content, courses, events and other relevant dates, the further development of services of the "Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies" and much more.

For further information and registration for the newsletter please go to the research portal osmikon. The earlier issues of the Eastern Europe newsletter continue to be available in the archive.

All numbers of the current newsletter of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies  (in German)

Archive of the former Eastern Europe newsletter of the Department of Eastern Europe  (in German)


Since May 2020, the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has been posting news about their services on Twitter – in particular about books, newly licensed databases, odd finds, new services, etc. – and about everything worth knowing from the field of the relevant international book and information sciences. Follow us!

Cabinet presentations in the series "kOSTproben"

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