New database trials: Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports and 20th Century Global Perspectives collections

This University of Chicago Library trial is available from November 21, 2018January 12, 2019. It consists of ten different databases:

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports

The FBIS Daily Reports are U.S. government publications that include translations of news from around the world (Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East/Near East, North America, South America). The FBIS Daily Reports also include translations of foreign law in English translation if included in the news sources covered.

The Readex FBIS database covers 1941-1996.

From the Readex description of the database:

“As the United States’ principal historical record of political open source intelligence for more than half a century, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Report is an indispensable source for insights into decades of turbulent world history. The original mission of the FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. Accordingly, it provides a wealth of information from all countries outside of the U.S.—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe….

…FBIS Daily Reports, 1941-1996 constitutes a one-of-a-kind archive of transcripts of foreign broadcasts and news that provides fascinating insight into the second half of the 20th century. Many of these materials are firsthand reports of events as they occurred. Digitized from original paper copy and high-quality microfilm, this definitive online collection features full-text transcripts from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, China, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Soviet Union. Fully searchable for the first time, this unique digital collection features individual bibliographic records for each report and highlighted events to assist researchers.

20th Century Global Perspectives Collections

The University of Chicago Library trial also includes the following other Readex databases:

American Race Relations: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996

Thousands of commentaries on African American, Hispanic American, Asian American and Native American history covering foreign reactions to America’s struggles with racial justice from the Jim Crow era to the Civil Rights movements and beyond.

Apartheid: Global Perspectives, 1946-1996

Translated news broadcasts and publications of the international reaction to apartheid throughout the African Continent and around the world.

The Cold War: Global Perspectives on East-West Tensions, 1945-1991

Translated sources and analysis from around the world providing comprehensive coverage of the conflict that drove global politics from the end of World War II to the early 1990s.

Immigrations, Migrations and Refugees: Global Perspectives, 1941-1996

Translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, government documents and books providing global insight on immigration in the mid-to-late 20th century.

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives: American Proxy Wars: Korea and Vietnam

Translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, government documents, and books covering the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts.

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives: Nuclear Arms and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, government documents, and books providing global reaction to the world Arms Race.

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives: Propaganda and the Chinese Press

An archive of articles published by Xinhua or New China News, the major communist Chinese newspapers, from 1946 to 1996, collected and translated into English by the CIA.

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives: Pravda Archive, 1959-1996

Articles published by Pravda during the Cold War and the years immediately following, from 1959 to 1996, collected and translated into English by the CIA.

Twentieth-Century Global Perspectives: World Protest and Reform Movements

Translated and English-language radio and television broadcasts, newspapers, periodicals, government documents, and books providing global reaction to major protest and reform movements.

This database trial ends on January 12, 2019.

Please direct your feedback to Sandra Levy or Sheri Lewis.

Access these online resources via the Database Trials page.

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