The bibliographic database represents the modern information retrieval system iSybislaw, which concept was presented at the International Congress of Slavists in Krakow in 1998. The project – affiliated to the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences – is developed in cooperation with Polish and foreign Slavic academic institutions and with organisational support of The Slavic Foundation; in the previous years the project was a beneficiary of organisational support of the Warsaw Scientific Society. Its effect is the widely available system of bibliographic information of Slavic linguistics that currently contains an information collection of over 21000 documents. The access to the base resources: bibliographic descriptions, as well as to the full texts in dedicated archives through hyperlinks, is open and free under the CC BY-NC-ND licence.

Range of topics

The range of topics of the iSybislaw system not only includes Slavic linguistics, confrontative linguistics and Slavic–non-Slavic contrastive linguistics, but also to a lesser degree theoretical and general linguistics that are significant in the field of Slavic linguistics. The system directs to different types of documents, in which the relevant information for the users is contained: to non-serial publications (monographs, joint publications, dictionaries, etc.), serial publications (journals), as well as articles, reviews, etc.

Geographic and lingual scope

In the iSybislaw system information about Polish and world Slavic linguistics is available. The lingual scope of the system is unlimited, it is marked out by the languages of documents included in the system. The application of an innovative information retrieval language enables cross-language information retrieval in a multilingual information collection.

Chronological scope

The iSybislaw information retrieval system represents Slavic linguistics output since 1992 until the present day.

The registered data

The bibliographic descriptions are prepared from experience by Polish and foreign Slavists linguists and then verified and edited in the Slavic Academic Information Centre of the Institute of Slavic Studies of the PAS. The appropriate structuralisation of retrieval collection enables users to obtain necessary information easy and fast. In the iSybislaw system the information structure of records (formal and substantial) is complex, including among others key words and classification, as well as abstracts and annotations (sometimes in two languages: in the original language of the publication and in Polish). Using information resources of the iSybislaw system is simplified by the dictionary of key words in the field of Slavic linguistics.


The project is implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.