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Information Resource Center

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]

Reference Collection

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

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