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Postwar Soviet Cinema: Books


WorldCat is a critical tool for graduate-level research. A union catalog, it lists books, journals, videos and other materials held at libraries throughout the US and in many other countries. You can access it either through the publicly available website ( or the library subscription access version that has more features. You can access the library version of WorldCat and many other databases through Databases @ Emory.


In order to render Cyrillic script into Latin script, scholars and librarians have developed a number of transliteration systems with slight variations. In the North American academic context, the most commonly used system is the ALA-LC (American Library Association - Library of Congress) romanization system. A conventient summary table for Russian romanization is available on Wikipedia. You can use this system to find library materials on Russian and Soviet topics in discoverE or in other library catalogs such as WorldCat.

The official ALA-LC system includes diacritics and ligatures to precisely identify certain letters of the Cyrillic alphabet, but you can leave out these special characters when conducting searches. For example:

  • Андрей Арсеньевич Тарковский (Cyrillic)
  • Andreĭ Arsenʹevich Tarkovskiĭ (ALA-LC)
  • Andrei Arsenevich (or Arsen'evich) Tarkovskii

Get more out of discoverE

discoverE is designed to be user-friendly, but it pays to spend a little time up front becoming familiar with its features.


1. Get help! Take advantage of discoverE's Help page.

2. Choose the best tab for your needs.

  • The Catalog tab searches Emory's library holdings in books, media items, ebooks, electronic databases, journal titles (not journal articles!), and archival materials held at MARBL. Recommended for most purposes.
  • The Emory Repositories tab searches holdings for items in our electronic repositories, including Emory Electronic Theses & Dissertations.
  • The Combined Search tab searches the contents of the catalog, a selection of articles, Emory Electronic Theses & Dissertations, and the HathiTrust Digital Library. It's convenient but it may not be the best option if you are researching a topic for which you are likely to retrieve a large number of search results.

3. Use the search limit boxes on discoverE's Advanced Search to return more precise search results.

  • Use multiple search boxes to create custom combinations of title, author/creator, subject, etc. to find exactly what you need.
  • The Material Type pulldown menu enables you to limit results by books, video, audio, databases, etc. 
  • Also consider using quotation marks for phrases, wildcards and truncation symbols to search for multiple spellings and word variants, and Boolean search operators such as AND, OR and NOT.

This advanced search will retrieve English language books on the subject of Shakespeare's Hamlet:

4. Take advantage of the Refine My Results facets on the left.

After you receive a list of results, you can click on the links on the left to limit the results by Resource Type (format), Topic (subject), Author/Creator, Library, Collection, etc. Here is an example of the facets that show up when you do a general search for "Hamlet":

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