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History of FBIS, JPRS, and World News Connection

Major translation services from the U.S. government:

Smiliar translation service from Great Britain:

WNC and FBIS offer information gathered from thousands of foreign media sources, including political speeches, television programs and radio broadcasts, and articles from newspapers, periodicals, and books. WNC online covers 1995-2013; while the CIA continues to translate international news through its Open Source Enterprise, it no longer distributes the translations publicly.  The BBC Monitoring International Reports is a similar service from the British government.

JPRS began in 1957 and was merged into FBIS in 1996.  In 1997 the reporting system was transformed into the current electronic World News Connection and all print versions were discontinued.  For many years prior to 1996 JPRS was responsible for the translation of foreign language publciations into English for government use. Handling materials in almost any language, JPRS provided translations of government documents, scholarly works, research reports, newspaper and periodical articles, and almost anything else appearing in print. JPRS Translations are not limited to any subjects, but ranged over the entire spectrum of the social sciences and science-technology fields and occasionally even the humanities.

Both FBIS and JPRS are arranged by region of the world:

People's Republic of China          Latin America            
Central Eurasia Middle East and Africa
Asia and the Pacific South Asia
Eastern Europe Western Europe

Where to find World News Connection online

  • World News Connection - 1995-2013
    Information from thousands of foreign media sources: speeches, radio, television, newspapers, periodicals, and books. Includes unclassified military, political, environmental, sociological, scientific and technical data. All translated into English.
 

Where to find FBIS Reports

These are the formats, locations, and call numbers of backfiles and indexing of FBIS Daily Reports at UVA Library.  If you need further assistance, contact the librarians listed on this page. 

YearsFormatRegions Covered Call NumberLocationNotes & Indexes

1995-2013

Internet All Online: World News Connection  Full text online Due to copyright restrictions there are more articles on the FBIS CDs than there are in WNC online.
1995-2004 CD-ROM All PREX 7.10/3: Alderman 3 Center CD shelves

Due to copyright restrictions there are more articles on the FBIS CDs than there are in WNC online.

1974-1996

Microfiche
Some paper copies, see below.

All PrEx 7.10:[FBIS-region-yr.-no.] 3rd floor, East wing, Microfiche area
Print indexes also available - 3, New Stacks - PREX 7.10:Region
1988-1996 Paper Africa PREX 7.10:FBIS-AFR

Ivy Stacks

Print indexes - 3, New Stacks -
PREX 7.10:FBIS-AFR
1987-1996 Paper China PREX 7.10:FBIS-CHINA

Ivy Stacks

Print indexes - 3, New Stacks -
PREX 7.10:FBIS-CHINA
1988-1996 Paper East Asia PREX 7.10:FBIS-EAS

Ivy Stacks

Print indexes - 3, New Stacks -
PREX 7.10:FBIS-EAS
1988-1996 Paper East Europe PREX 7.10:FBIS-EEU

Ivy Stacks

Print indexes - 3, New Stacks -
PREX 7.10:FBIS-EEU
1988-1996 Paper Latin America PREX 7.10:FBIS-LAM

Ivy Stacks

Print indexes - 3, New Stacks -
PREX 7.10:FBIS-LAM
1987 Paper Middle East & Africa PREX 7.10:FBIS-MEA

Ivy Stacks

Print indexes - 3, New Stacks -
PREX 7.10:FBIS-MEA
1988-1996 Paper Near East & South Asia PREX 7.10:FBIS-NES

Ivy Stacks

Print indexes - 3, New Stacks -
PREX 7.10:FBIS-NES
1987-1996 Paper Central Eurasia PREX 7.10:FBIS-SOV

Ivy Stacks

Print indexes - 3, New Stacks -
PREX 7.10:FBIS-SOV
1987-1996 Paper Western Europe PREX 7.10:FBIS-WEU

Ivy Stacks

Print indexes - 3, New Stacks -
PREX 7.10:FBIS-WEU
1968-1972 Microfilm China 
East Europe
Soviet Union

Micfilm
S-1553
S-1554
S-1555

Ivy Annex
Use NY Times or London Times Indexes to establish date of event
1947-1967  Microfilm (Except 1973 only, paper Doc US stacks) "White Book"

Micfilm

S-1552

 

Ivy Annex

 White Book is a "digest" version of all regions combined

 

Where to find JPRS Reports

These are the formats, locations, and call numbers of backfiles and indexing of JPRS Reports at UVA Library.  If you need further assistance, contact the librarians listed on this page. 

Format Years Indexing Notes
Discontinued 1996 --- Merged into FBIS.  See information above

Microfiche, and a very few in paper -

Y 3.J 66/13:
PrEx 7.13:
PrEx 7.14:
see notes

1976-1996 PREX 7.13:
Transdex (1971-1996)

Transdex Index
1971-1974 (Paper) 

PREX 7.10:Transdex
1975-1996 (MF only)

Sudoc Class numbers vary:

1976 --mid 1979 -- Y3.J66:13:(JPRS number)
1979-1981 -- PrEx 7.13:(JPRS number)
1981-1983 -- PrEx 7.14: - PrEx 7.23:(JPRS number)
1984-1990 -- PrEx 7.14: - PrEx 7.23:(JPRS series #)
1990-1996 -- PrEx 7.13:(JPRS number)

Consult Guide to U.S. Government Publications (Andriot) -Z1223 .Z7 A572 - behind 3rd floor desk - for specific stem call numbers for specific JPRS series.

Microprint

 

Contained in the United States Government publications; non-depository Collection from Readex

1958-1977 Monthly Catalog

All Readex Microprint Cards in storage, Ivy Stacks.   Cards filed by Monthly Catalog entry numbers This is the VIRGO record for the overall collection of microprint in Ivy Stacks.  You need to determine which MoCat Year and Number you need, and then search for it in the items on this record. 
For Instance -
 Readex microprint 1976:no.4703-6503

For these early "Translations from ...." series it's necessary to look an individual title, for example, "Changes in Matrimony Requirements" (Trns Latin America), up in one of the indexes listed below. 

Then look up  the resulting JPRS number (44038) in the  Index to Readex Microprint Edition of JPRS Reports.... (PREX 7.13:) - to find Monthly Catalog entry number.

 

Additional JPRS Indexes Call Number Years Notes
Bibliography -- Index: China and Asia; Exclusive of Near East PREX 7.13: 1962-1970  3New
Bibliography -- Index: East Europe PREX 7.13: 1962-1970  3New
Bibliography -- Index: International Developments PREX 7.13: 1962-1970  3New
Bibliography -- Index: Soviet Union PREX 7.13: 1962-1970  3New
Consolidated Translation Survey

PREX 3.10/2:

1958-1970 Ivy Stacks
International communist Developments, 1957-1961, ed. by Theodore Kyriak PREX 7.13: 1957-1961  3New
Sci/Tech Quarterly Index

Z7403 .S27

1970-1972 Ivy Stacks
Contemporary China, ed. by R Sorich

Z3108 .A5 S6 1961

1957-1960 Law Library
Technical Translations

Z7401 .T712

1959-1967 Ivy Stacks
Translations Register -- Index

Z7403 .T7

1967- Ivy Stacks
Transdex: Bibliography and Index to United States Joint Publications Research Service PREX 7.10:Transdex

1970-1996

Microfiche 3 East

 

Catalog Cards in Book form for United States Joint Publications Research Service Translations PREX 7.13: 1957-1970  3New
Index to Readex Microprint Edition of JPRS Reports PREX 7.13: 1958-1964  3New

 

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