Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports

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The Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports database features English-language translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world with an emphasis on communist and developing countries. Coverage includes socioeconomic, political, environmental, scientific, technical, and military issues and events.

The Joint Publications Research Service was established in March 1957 as part of the United States Department of Commerce's Office of Technical Services, shortly before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1. JPRS staffers prepared translations for the use of U.S. government officials, various agencies, and the research and industrial communities.

During the Cold War, the reports were primarily translations rather than analysis or commentary, with an emphasis on scientific and technical topics. Over time that scope expanded to cover environmental concerns, world health issues, nuclear proliferation, economics, narcotics trafficking, and much more.


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Dates covered

1957-1995; some reports include translations of pre-1957 material.

Updating frequency

Not specified.


Monographs, reports, serials, journal and newspaper articles, radio and television broadcasts.

Type of coverage

Searchable full-text.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Many of the publications contained in this collection are available in microfiche, as distributed through the U.S. Government's Federal Depository Library Program, especially at the Alexander Library. For more details, consult the reference desk.

Producer/content provider


Vendor/electronic presentation provider

NewsBank Inc.