Information Resource Center
The Information Resource Center (IRC) is an integral part of the
Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan. The IRC offers information
about American political, social, and cultural life. Researchers and
professionals can visit the IRC and use the latest in reference collection and Internet
technology to locate specific documents and find answers to questions about
U.S. government and institutions, legislative developments, foreign and
domestic policies, and social, economic, political, and security issues.
Researchers and professionals who are unfamiliar with the new technology
may learn how to use both Internet and CD-ROM technology at the IRC. Due to
staffing and space limitations, access to the IRC is by appointment only.
E-mail: [email protected]
The reference collection at the IRC consists of about 1,000 volumes
including encyclopedias, atlases, handbooks, almanacs, and yearbooks. The
IRC provides information on current events as well as biographical data,
statistics, and bibliographic information on a wide range of subjects.
Internet and CD-ROMs
The IRC also has online access to more than 300 data banks in the United
States via Internet and several databases on CD-ROM. These include: ProQuest full text database in English of over 300
magazines as well as indexed abstracts of 1,400 periodicals on a variety of
subjects. In addition, back issues of the New York Times are available through
this system; Factiva online collection of more than 6,000 newswires, magazines, and trade journals
in English; Lexis-Nexis the largest online database of law, news and country profiles, U.S. Code, Encyclopedias, etc.
The American Studies Library
In addition to the IRC, Information Service offers a collection of 3,500 fiction and nonfiction
books in English on various aspects of political, social, and cultural life in the
United States. This collection is open to all who are interested in information about
the United States. It is located with the Legal Information System Center on the
third floor of the Library of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty.
American Studies Library Address
Academy of Sciences
28 Shevchenko St.
Phone: +7 (3272) 930037