Information Resource Center – St. Petersburg

The Information Resources Center (IRC) of the Public Affairs Section offers current, trustworthy information about areas of bilateral interest, U.S. policies, legislation and social topics. Through its products and services, the IRC seeks to fill the information needs of a select public, thus contributing to the understanding of U.S. policies and the intellectual context in which they are developed.

The IRC’s services are based on high-quality resources. The IRC has access to such on-line databases as Lexis-Nexis, Factiva, Galenet, etc. as well as an up-to-date reference collection.

The Information Resource Center (IRC) can provide the following information:

  • A speech or statement by the U.S. President, Secretary of State, or other Cabinet member;
  • Information about the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, or Executive branch;
  • U.S. legislation and regulations;
  • U.S. policy toward Russia, the European Union, or any other region;
  • Recent and archived articles from leading American newspapers, journals, and other publications;
  • The latest U.S. trade statistics and economic indicators;
  • Biographical information about American political, cultural, or business leaders.

The St. Petersburg IRC has access to a dozen commercial online databases through the Ralph J. Bunche Library at the State Department in Washington. Here is a brief description of the most popular sources:

Associations Unlimited
Information source for more than 460,000 international and national non-profit membership organizations in all fields

Biography Resource Center
Biographies and full text articles including Marquis Who’s Who

Books in Print
Comprehensive database of world-wide English language book titles

Congressional Directory
Official current directory of the U.S. Congress

Up to date information and news about countries of the world

Encyclopedia Britannica
Online, desktop access to the complete multivolume set and Merriam Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus

Gale Academic OneFile
Comprehensive database of 8,000 journals and access to podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and CBS

ProQuest Research Library
Source for news and full text periodicals

STAT-USA/Internet (U.S. Department of Commerce) provides authoritative government information to the U.S. business, economic, and trade community

World of Learning
Information and access to global institutions of higher education and the people who work within them