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Slavic and Eastern European Studies: Русский язык / Russian Language

Describes research sources for Russia, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union.


This page is for students enrolled in Russian-language classes at UCSB.

Russify Your Computer

 • Macintosh •

The links below lead to guides on the Web which describe how to set up your computer to type in Russian, or read Russian fonts.

• Windows •

Windows 11 Update: 

The "Russian for Gringos" keyboard will work for Windows 11 users.  However, there are several changes from the directions on this page.

  1. The method of changing languages has changed.  Instead of clicking on the language indicator in the startup bar, you now use a combination of keys:  Windows Key + Space Key.
  2. The selected language is no longer program-specific.  If you select a language it will be your input language across multiple applications until you change it (like it works for Mac users).

The links below lead to guides on the Web which describe how to set up your computer to type in Russian, or read Russian fonts.

Class Handout:

Vocabulary Practice - Wordle

Wordle is a vocabulary guessing game in which the player has 6 attempts to guess a 5-letter word.  You can play once per day per language.

Try the Russian version and see how you do!


Resources for Russian-language Students


Quick Research on the Russian Web

Note: If you need scholarly articles in Russian, please ask a librarian for help. The resources below are not for scholarly research.

  • Википедия / Vikipediia-- Russian version of Wikipedia
    • Tip: if you can't enter the search in Russian, or don't know what something is called in Russian, try searching the English version of Wikipedia. When you find an article, look in the "in other languages" section at lower left to see if there is a Russian article on the topic. Click on "Русский" to see the article.
  • Russian-language search engines:

Study Abroad in St. Petersburg

Говорите по-русски?

Immerse yourself into Russian with a semester in Saint Petersburg!

Slavic Studies Librarian

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