This guide is designed to help you find biographical information.
Wikipedia is a free, online encyclopedia. An important thing to know about Wikipedia is that it is written by anyone who wants to contribute. It can sometimes contain inaccurate information. You should verify factual information from Wikipedia using another source.
The best thing about Wikipedia for doing research on Russian topics is that, if there is an article on the same topic in the Russian version of the encyclopedia, you can switch over to the Russian version. This also works from the Russian version to the English version. Look in the “in other languages” links at the bottom left-hand menu to see what other languages are available. Note that the various versions are not direct translations of each other. They are usually written by native speakers of the languages. I often use the Russian version of the article to find the Russian equivalent of expressions and phrases.
If you are really lucky, the article will have links to other web sites about your person. These will usually be near the end of the article.
At the beginning of the Russian-language Wikipedia article, they will usually have stress marks on the person’s name. This is a great way to find out how to pronounce it.
Print Reference Sources (most are in main reference area):
There are other assorted biographical works in this same general section of the reference area, but these were the ones that I thought looked most useful.
Any time you are searching for a Russian name in English, remember that there are sometimes different transliterations of the name. You may have to search on different forms of the name. For example, I have found the name Дейнека spelled as Deineka and Deyneka in English sources.