This guide is a portal to Yale's government information collections and related research tools.
- Orbis (Yale Library catalog)
The Orbis catalog is a good place to start your foreign relations research--you can use it to locate government documents, including publications from the U.S. State Department, congressional materials, and more. Try "United States Dept. of State" as an author search, with additional keywords to hone in on your topic.
- ProQuest Congressional (Yale subscription)
Full-text access to Congressional documents including bills, hearings, the Congressional Record, the Serial Set, and more.
- Primary Sources on American Foreign Relations
A comprehensive guide to primary source collections at Yale related to the study of American foreign relations. In addition to providing information about relevant manuscript and archival collections, this guide also highlights specific government documents.
- American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature (Yale subscription)
Guide to primary and secondary sources for the study of American foreign relations, produced by ABC-Clio and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). The chapter on "Reference Works and Bibliographies" gives a good overview of the types of resources that foreign relations historians use, along with how/where to find these resources.
"The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The series, which is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, began in 1861 and now comprises more than 450 individual volumes. The volumes published over the last two decades increasingly contain declassified records from all the foreign affairs agencies." (U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian)
- Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports (Yale subscription database)
The FBIS Daily Reports provide English-language translations of broadcast transcripts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from countries around the world, 1941-1996. FBIS Daily Reports back to 1946 (except 1948-1952) are also available on microfilm and can be found in Orbis.
- World News Connection (Yale subscription database)
A continuation of the materials covered by FBIS; provides access to translations of non-U.S. media sources from 1996 until ceasing compilation in Dec. 2013.
- Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports (1957-1993, various formats)
JPRS reports contain translations of "unclassified foreign documents, scholarly works, research reports, and other selected source materials" (JPRS Catalog Cards in Book Form). This link will take you to a search in Orbis for JPRS.
- JPRS materials from the Defense Technical Information Center
Try searching "All Collections" using JPRS as a keyword; you'll probably also want to narrow your search by country or region, but if you start with the very broad search, you'll begin to see how the reports are organized.
- Transdex index to JPRS microfiche
Use this index to locate JPRS materials on microfiche.
- JPRS materials on microfiche
Use the Transdex index to identify the microfiche you need, then make a request ("Request recall or delivery") through this Orbis record. You can also request JPRS reports through Interlibrary Loan
if what you need isn't available through DTIC or our microfiche collection.
- Department of State Bulletin (online through Hein Online - Yale subscription)
Issued by the Department of State, 1939-1977 (weekly) and 1978-1989 (monthly). In addition to online access, Yale also has The Department of State Bulletin
. "The Bulletin contains articles about the views of the United States in the areas of public and private international law. The Bulletin also contains articles about diplomatic missions around the world and the activities of the State Department." (Description from HeinOnline)
- Dispatch (online through Hein Online - Yale subscription)
The successor to Department of State Bulletin, 1990-1999.
- U.S. Foreign Affairs on CD-ROM (1993-March 1998)
A wide selection of official statements, testimony, transcripts, foreign policy fact sheets, annual reports, previously published materials and country information. Some of the same documentation is available through the Department of State's archived website (1997-2001)
- American Foreign Policy Index (1993-1995)
Index and microfiche collection of key documents from official government sources, including executive branch departments and offices, independent federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress, that make American foreign policy and conduct U.S. foreign relations.