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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Languages & Literatures



Student Resources


The University of Denver's Russian program has developed a number of computer, audio, and grammar resources for students of Russian. These resources can be found on the following website:

Resources in Russian Language, Literature and Culture will be added a.s.a.p.


The University of Denver Library boasts one of the most extensive university collections of Russian literature available. Undergraduate students who are conducting research will benefit immensely from the size and scope of this highly credible collection.

DU is also a member of Prospector, which provides a unified catalog of several Colorado and Wyoming libraries. The combination of a sizeable collection, coupled with library partnerships and electronic resources, will ensure a strong foundation for any student conducting Russian research.


For PC Users

If you're using a newer version of Windows, you already have Cyrillic capabilities; you only need to activate the keyboard.

Step One: Install the Russian National Standard Cyrillic Keyboard

  1. Go to My Computer.
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. Click on Regional Options.
  4. Click on the General tab.
  5. Find the language settings, click Cyrillic, and then click okay.

Step Two: Install the Appropriate Keyboard

  1. Return to Control Panel.
  2. Click on Keyboard.
  3. Click on the Languages tab.
  4. Choose the keyboard you wish to install by clicking on Add.
  5. On the same Language tab screen, pick a hot-key that will allow you to switch between English and the other keyboard (the default is Alt-Shift, but you can also use Control-Shift).
  6. Check to see that the enable indicator box is checked—this will allow you to see what keyboard you are using on the taskbar.
  7. By pressing the hot-key, you will now be able to write in the language you have chosen in most Windows programs.
  8. Proceed to buy keyboard stickers.

For additional information, visit, which contains detailed instructions for Windows PCs and Internet browsers.

For Macintosh Users

The latest Mac operating systems have Cyrillic capability sufficient for most uses.

  1. In Mac OSX, go to System Preferences.
  2. Choose International.
  3. Choose Input Menu.
  4. Check Russian.
  5. Check "show input in menu bar" (at the bottom of the window)—this will allow you to see what keyboard you are using in the task bar.
  6. To set up a hot-key to swap between keyboards, click on options and choose your hot-key.
  7. When using Cyrillic, select Russian as the keyboard and use a Cyrillic font in your font list (those are indicated by a "CY" next to them).
  8. Proceed to buy keyboard stickers.

For additional information, visit the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages website.

Cyrillic Keyboard Stickers

You'll probably need to get keyboard stickers so that you can see where the Cyrillic letters are on your QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard layout you will need is the Russian standard. The stickers fit on your keyboard and generally have the Cyrillic letter in blue on the bottom-right corner.

Commercial Cyrillic Drivers

There are quite a few companies that sell Cyrillic drivers for computer use. ParaType is one of the best known, and also sells dictionaries and grammar checkers. You can also find shareware online.