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Guide to JPRS (Joint Publications Research Service) Reports

The Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, first published in 1958, "...selects, translates, and abstracts foreign language political and technical media for federal agencies. Most JPRS reports are concerned with publications in communist countries, though materials from all nations may be translated. About half of the reports are in the scientific and technical fields." Source: Morehead, Joe. Introduction to United States Public Documents. 2nd ed. (Libraries Unlimited, Inc.: 1978) p. 117.

Guide developed by Angela Pitzer, 2005.

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JPRS Report Formats and Locations
  • Public Technical Reports 1955-present
    The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC®) Technical Reports Collection includes citations to and selected full-text of JPRS reports from 1955 to the present. The DTIC collection supplements the University of Minnesota JPRS collection, which is only selective in the years prior to the commencement of depository distribution of the reports (1978). Try searching for "FBIS Collection", "FBIS", "JPRS", and the Corporate Author "Joint Publications Research Service Arlington VA".
  • JPRS Reports, Readex Microprint Edition (1958 - 1978)
    Readex, Inc. microprint of this series; in chronological order by the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications entry number for the JPRS reports (not the actual JPRS Report accession numbers). The last JPRS number in this set is 71058.
  • JPRS Reports, GPO Microfiche Edition (1977 - 1996)
    Published by the Government Printing Office and organized by the JPRS report accession number. On July 2, 1979 JPRS reports changed publishers to the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS). In 1995 JPRS reports were integrated into the FBIS Daily Reports.
    SuDoc call numbers:
    1977 - 1979 - Y3.J66:13: (number) (through JPRS 73855, July 1979)
    1979 - 1981 - PrEx 7.13: (number) (JPRS 73795-78720)
    1981 - 1983 - PrEx 7.14: (number) through PrEx 7.23: (number)
    1984 - 1989 - PrEx 7.14/2: (yr-no) through PrEx 7.23: (yr-no)
    1990 - 1996 - PrEx 7:13 (JPRS code-no)
  • World News Connection
    (1996 - present) - Full-text summaries of foreign newspaper articles, conference proceedings, radio and television broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. Formerly published as FBIS and JPRS Reports.
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Searching for JPRS Reports
  • Monthly Catalog 1958 - 1963
    JPRS reports are indexed in the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications from 1958 - 1995. To locate a report from 1958 - 1963, look in the Monthly Catalog. Indexing for these years is limited. Reports are usually listed serially under the indexing entry of Joint Publications Research Service, and not by individual report title. For later years, subject/title searches can be completed using the following sources.
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