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USing FBIS and JPRS

Foreign Broadcast Information Service Reports (FBIS)

CIA series of translations from many parts of the world:

  • of foreign radio and television broadcasts (prior to 1996)
  • and other foreign publications (after 1996)

FBIS began in 1941 (U.S. Federal Communications Service) and was transferred to the CIA in 1947.

Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS)

Various foreign publications prior to 1996 are part of the Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS).

CIA translations of

  • newspapers, speeches, journal articles, and some news agency transmissions and broadcasts
  • from Africa, Asia, East and West Europe, Central Eurasia (Soviet states), Latin America, and the Near East
  • primary emphasis on political, economic, social, military, scientific and technical literature
  • reports are issued by geographical regions and are sub-divided by field (“International Economic Relations”)

This service began in 1957, then merged with FBIS reports in 1966. Tutt has 

  • some periodicals (see list below) 1978- 
  • Tutt has other JPRS reports from 1988-
  • indexed by Transdex (paper indexes)


FBIS Report access

1978–1996 at Docs Microfiche PREX 7.10: area – #s
Paper Indexes cover 1978-1992

Foreign Broadcast Information Service Electronic Index

  • 1975-1996
  • Index only to the FBIS translations of foreign news
  • microfiche housed in Docs Microfiche area, PrEx 7.10

Areas covered in FBIS

Africa
SSA — 1978 – 2/1980
MEA — 1981- 5/1987
AFR — 6/1987 – 8/1996

Asia and Pacific
APA — 1978 – 5/1987
EAS — 6/1987 – 8/1996
SAS — (South Asia) 1980 – 1987
NES — (Near East & South Asia) 1987 – 1996

China
CHI — 1978 – 1996

Eurasia, Central (Central Eurasia)
SOV – 12/1991 – 8/1996
  *For 1978 – 1991 see Soviet Union

Europe, Eastern (Eastern Europe)
EEU — 1978 – 8/1996

Europe, Western (Western Europe)
WEU — 2/1981 – 2/1996

Latin America
LAT — 1978 – 8/1978
LAM — 9/1978 – 5/1987
LAT — 6/1987 – 7/1996

Middle East and North Africa
MEA or MENA — 1978 – 5/1987
   *See Near East and South Asia

Near East and South Asia
   *Earlier title: Middle East and North Africa
NES — 6/1987 – 2/1996

South Asia/East Asia
SAS — 4/1980 – 5/1987
EAS — 6/1987 – 8/1996

Soviet Union
SOV — 1978 – 8/1996
  *See Eurasia, Central.

JPRS Reports

Location: Docs. Microfiche PREX 7.13: (series number). 1978 – 1996

JPRS periodicals, 1978-1989, use U.S. newspaper and periodical sources to look up topic

  • Look in the JPRS periodicals by week/month of event
  • then check Tables of Contents for those issues

 Transdex Index, 1990-1996

  • Detailed instructions at the beginning pages of each index volume
  • use index to look up a country, personal name, publication, and JPRS series
  • note the series number (EER-92-028 36)
  • Look in the Docs. Microfiche cabinets for PREX 7.13: EER-92-028, page 36.

1996- Some series were dropped; those continued appear in World News Connection online service, 1996-

Major JPRS Periodical Titles:

China Red Flag. 1978–6/1988, filed at the start of PREX 7.13.
1989 – Title changed to Quishi (Seeking Truth), PREX 7.13: CAR – nos.

Trends in Communist Media, PREX 7.12: Yr. – no.
Issued January 1978–7/1981, a weekly synthesis of foreign and domestic political developments covering many countries.

USA: Economics, Politics, Ideology (USSR Report), 1978–2/1981
Filed at the beginning of PREX 7.13: Continued at PREX 7.13:JPRS-USA – Sept. 1981 – Jan 1992

Areas Covered in JPRS

Soviet Union: International Affairs, UIA, 7/1988 – 1992

Soviet Union: Kommunist, UKO, 5/1989 – 11/1990

Soviet Union/Central Eurasia: Military Affairs, UMA, 7/1988 – 2/1996

Soviet Union: Military History Journal, UMJ, 7/1988 – 6/1990

Soviet Union/Central Eurasia: Political Affairs, UPA, 7/1988 – 1992

Soviet Union: Sociological Issues, USS, 12/1989 – 1992

USSR: Computers, UCC, 6/1989 – 4/1991

USSR: Chemistry, UCH, 5/1989 – 6/1993

USSR/ Central Eurasia: Electronics and Electrical Engineering, UEE, 5/1989 – 8/1993

USSR/Central Eurasia: Engineering and Equipment, UEQ, 6/1989 – 8/1993

USSR/Central Eurasia: Earth Sciences, UES, 6/1989 – 9/1993

USSR/Central Eurasia: Life Sciences, ULS, 6/1987 – 12/1993

USSR/Central Eurasia: Materials Science, UMS, 5/1989 – 12/1993

USSR/Central Eurasia: Physics and Mathematics, UPM, 5/1989 – 12/1993

USSR/Central Eurasia: Space, USP, 4/1991 – 12/1994

USSR: USA: Economics, Politics, Ideology, USA, 9/1981 – 1/1992
     earlier issues (1978–80) filed at the beginning of PREX 7.13

Central Eurasia, USR, 8/1992 – 12/1994

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