Online Resources

This page includes links to a range of online resources for teaching about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

Teacher Resources at Selected U.S. Department of Education-designated National Resource Centers

Online Resources for Social Studies Teachers

  • Central and Eastern European Online Library provides access to full text PDF articles from humanities and social science journals, electronic books, and re-digitized documents.
  • Communal Living in Russia: A Virtual Museum of Everyday Life explores the Soviet "kommunalka," or communal apartment, instituted after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Includes video clips of ongoing communal apartments and their inhabitants, shot in St. Petersburg in 2006, as well as audio interviews, photographs, documents, and other resources.
  • The Empire That Was Russia: The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) offer a portrait of the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I and the coming revolution.
  • EUobserver contains daily news articles pertaining to the EU and enlargement countries with links to similar articles in other English and non-English news sources.
  • Folklore Ukraine presents the folklore and ethnography of Central and Western Ukraine, including audio and video files of traditional holiday celebrations, ceremonies, etc.
  • Global SchoolNet is an annotated resource page for reference tools such as maps, language translators, measurement, time zone, and currency converters.
  • Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives presents the history of the Soviet Union’s vast system of forced labor camps through online exhibitions and a browsable archive of video, art, artifacts, photographs, and the life stories of former Gulag prisoners.
  • Jewish Holocaust provides links to over a hundred various websites about the Holocaust, including resources for teachers, virtual libraries, and homepages for Holocaust-related memorial groups and centers.
  • National Library of Russia online collection of images and manuscripts, access to catalogs and exhibitions, language support, etc.
  • Poland in the Classroom site organized by the Polish Academic Information Center at the State University of New York at Buffalo, which contains research materials "For the Children" (for K-6 teachers) and "For the Student" (for 7-12 teachers). There is also a link to the Center's information clearinghouse "Poland on the Web" which provides annotated links to postings about Poland.
  • "The Resurgence of Russia" five-part NPR series exploring newly assertive Russia and its similarities to the Soviet Union. (March 2007)
  • Russian Chronicles Washington Post blog of a writer and a photographer on a journey across Russia (1995 and again ten years later in 2005).
  • Russian Posters Collection, 1919-1989 at Duke University Libraries is an online collection consists of 75 Soviet propaganda posters, representing distinct eras in the history of Communist political advertising.
  • Screening Socialism is a collaborative project focusing on culture and memory of television in five former socialist countries, the USSR, Yugoslavia, the GDR and two countries to be announced.
  • "Seventeen Moments in Soviet History" starting with the 1917 Bolshevik seizure of power and ending with the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union; NEH funded.
  • Soviet Dictatorship (20th c.) classroom module of the Women in World History project (created by Center for History and New Media at George Mason University) that contains primary sources, teaching tools, and resources about Soviet dictatorship.
  • TOL Knowledge Net contains country-specific portals for each of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Balkans.
  • Virtual Library Eastern Europe portal for extensive specialized academic information on the history, culture, politics, and society of the countries and regions of Eastern Europe.

Sources of Curriculum Materials and Media on Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union and/or Global Issues

  • The Choices Program sells reproducible curriculum units on a variety of complex international issues; for high school and above. Also provides an online section called "Teaching with the News" to help teachers address current global events in their classroom.
  • Klett-Perthes International modern, contemporary wall maps for schools made for all regions of the world in the English language, updated world maps, transparency books, and picture diagrams.
  • Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) sells teaching materials on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and other parts of the world, including curriculum units on current events, language, global issues; various grade levels.

Internet Resources for Russian Language Teachers

  • American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL) includes "Why Study Russian?" and links to outside course syllabi for Russian culture, language, linguistics, and literature (found under Additional Resources).
  • Committee on College and Pre-College Russian (American University) hosts a compilation of data, contact information, textbooks, and other information related to college and pre-college Russian language instruction in the U.S.
  • Digital Dialects interactive games for learning the Russian language.
  • Ethnologue: Languages of the World site containing language data, database, language maps, extensive bibliography, computer resources, and a bookstore for doing research on the world's languages. This site is owned by SIL International, an organization that works with people who research/teach/speak the world's lesser-known languages.
  • Global Language Online Support System allows you to search through 142 audio lessons for proficiency levels 2 - 4 for the following lesser-taught languages: Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Kurdish, Persian, Russian, and Serbian.
  • Multitran automatic dictionary offers English-Russian and Russian-English alphabetic, morphologic, and phrase searches.
  • Novosti Nedeli na Uproshchyonnom Russkom Weekly News in Simplified Russian delivers a survey of the previous week's news in simplified standard Russian.
  • Olga's Blog site contains interactive Russian lessons (in blog format) written by a young, native Russian about issues and events pertinent to Russia today.
  • The RAILS: Russian Advanced Interactive Listening Series Project at the University of Wisconsin, funded by a generous grant from the U.S. Department of Education, has developed a series of 30 online, interactive video-based listening comprehension lessons for intermediate/advanced students of Russian.
  • Russian TV stations online streams 20 TV Channels from Russia, Ukraine, and Latvia in Russian.
  • RussNet repository for Russian language resources which includes its own collection of Russian Language Modules. RussNet is brought to you by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.
  • RusUSA.com provides links to Russian radio broadcasting/streaming on the Internet.
  • The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) site dedicated to encouraging education in and about the countries of the former Soviet Union. This site contains travel and study resources.
  • Slavic Language Learning Site: Russian online Russian language site prepared by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan.
  • Teachrussian.org​ ​provides access to peer-reviewed Russian languages teaching materials, including lesson plans, worksheets, tests and audio recordings.
  • Vesti Russian national and international 24/7 news channel dealing with everything from politics to literature to culture. In Russian only.