We are excited to welcome Thomas Keenan as our new Slavic and Eurasian Studies Librarian! Thomas will begin work at Princeton on 1 July. His office will be B-9-P in Firestone, his telephone number will be (609) 258-3592, and his e-mail address will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am pleased to announce that Princeton University Library is one of the first libraries in the U.S. and in the world to subscribe to the Pravda Digital Online Archive. This product, created from the full-run of microfilm of Pravda and its precursors, is fully searchable and fully accessible to the entire Princeton community, either in the library or through the VPNs.
The search interface is the same as the other EastView Online Universal Databases. The principle of its construction is similar to JStor; there is a front-end and a back-end. The front end displays the actual page in the newspaper; the back end is the searchable file. But because the newspaper size is much larger than a standard journal page, the display will be slightly different. The area in which your search terms display are surrounded by a blue-dotted line. Click here and enlarge to get a more readable version of the page.
This is indeed a breakthrough product for anyone doing research on the Soviet period of Russian history. Current issues of Pravda are accessible through the National Newspapers of EV UDB.
I look forward to your comments on ease of use, coverage, and almost anything that can help us all work together to improve on this already amazing product.