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 (www.worldcat.org) 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:
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.
3. Use the search limit boxes on discoverE's Advanced Search to return more precise search results.
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":