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Ukrainian language and literature: Finding books

How to locate books


Books in the area of Ukrainian language and literature are located in the Main Taylor..  In order to locate books on the shelves you will need to find out the shelfmark by looking your title up on SOLO.  You will need to transliterate according to the Library of Congress (LC) transliteration scheme if you are looking for a Ukrainian title. When you have looked up your title you can go to the shelves if a copy is available.

New books in the Research collection and  the undergraduate collection are classified according to a standard version of the LC classification scheme used across the Bodleian libraries.  Older books in both collections are classified according to inhouse adaptations of LC.  LC Slavonic  shelfmarks  begin with  the letters PG. They are then numerically subdivided by language and literature.  The Ukrainian sequence begins at PG3801. 

If you come across a shelfmark beginning TNR or REP. SLAV (or no shelf-mark at all), this means that the book is kept out at the Bodleian Storage Facility (BSF) and you will have to do a stack request.

If you cannot find the book on SOLO, you could try looking for it on JISC Library Discover which is a union online catalogue of UK national, academic and specialist libraries.  WorldCat covers libraries throughout the world and includes millions of records representing 400 languages. KVK (Karlsruher virtueller Katalog) is another union catalogue covering academic and national libraries throughout Europe and beyond.

If you cannot find a particular text in Oxford you may sometimes be able to find it on an electronic library such as Elektronnaia biblioteka ukrainskoi literatury.  See also section on Finding Ebooks in this guide on electronic libraries.



Searching in Cyrillic

if you wish to search the catalogue of a Ukrainian library such as:

Natsional'na biblioteka Ukrainy imeni V.I. Vernads'kogo

You will need to be able to type in Cyrillic.  It is quite easy to instal a Cyrillic keyboard onto a computer these days.  However, if you do not have access to a Cyrillic keyboard, the Russian search engine Yandex offers a virtual keyboard which you can use when necessary as it has a Ukrainian keyboard option.

Other Ukrainian search-engines include Google Ukraine.