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Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl, Ukraine: A Resource Guide

Electronic Resources & Digital Exhibit

The Library subscribes to several electronic resources relevant for research on Chernobyl. The foremost of these is the Chernobyl Files database. This database provides access to a wide array of pertinent documents from Soviet and Ukrainian government agencies. The Library also subscribes to the electronic archives for several major Russian language newspapers such as Izvestiia and Pravda that existed during the Soviet Union. Searching these archives, you can find countless articles on Chernobyl that give a sense of how the Soviet Union responded to the disaster in the media.When using the keyword search function in these databases, it is recommended when possible to search in Russian using a Cyrillic keyboard setting.

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

The Library also supports a digital exhibit complementing the 1992 "Revelations from the Russian Archives" project. The exhibit features a section dedicated to Chernobyl.

Selected Databases

Digital Exhibit