User Guide

Beginning Your Exploration

Welcome to The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. This Web site is your portal into the study of East European Jewry.

This User Guide includes helpful information that will make using the encyclopedia easier.
The homepage of the encyclopedia has several points of entry into the contents of this site. They are outlined below and are discussed in more detail in later sections of this guide.


The Search box is located in the top right corner of every page of the site and allows you to search the entire contents of the encyclopedia. (Read more about Search.)

Main Navigation

The Main Navigation is at the top of every page and has links to the main areas of the Web site: Browse;  Maps; Images, Audio & Video; Documents; For Educators; For Researchers; and Help. (Read more about Navigation.)

Topics of Interest

The Explore a Topic area has general-interest articles that showcase some of the diverse contents of the encyclopedia. The topic pages are organized by the following subjects: Arts, Daily Life, Places, Language & Literature, History & Politics, and Religion. These pages are a great place to start if you want to get a general feel for what the encyclopedia has to offer. (Read more about Explore a Topic.)

Footer Navigation

The Footer Navigation is at the bottom of every page and has links to information about the encyclopedia itself, the Authors, a Glossary, and Contact information. (Read more about Footer Navigation.)

To get started, select a topic from the list that appears in the Browse Help Topics box on the right or click NEXT TOPIC below.