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The U.S. Reference Service provides research and reference services for Australian institutions and professionals on various aspects of United States policy: international relations, especially Australian–U.S. economic and security relations; foreign relations; the environment; U.S. society, values and politics; and global issues.
The USRS has a small print reference collection, holds subscriptions to 45 U.S. magazines and has access to thousands of journal articles via online databases.
The electronic information resources available to USRS specialists include the Internet and online databases such as: Factiva, Lexis-Nexis, ProQuest Direct Research Library, STAT-USA, Thomson Gale Power Search, Economist Intelligence Unit, Federal News Service, and Treaties and International Agreements Research (TIARA).
Areas in which we can be of assistance to you typically include:
Researchers, government officers, members of the Australian and State Parliaments and their staffers, journalists, university faculty and librarians are all regular users. Queries are accepted by email, fax, telephone or in person (by appointment) during our office hours of 8:00 am - 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
The Embassy observes Australian and American public holidays.
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If your students are interested in finding out more about the United States and talking to Americans, we can arrange for talks with U.S. diplomats working in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. Besides being diplomatic officials, our officers all have their own subject specialties and are willing to share them with local students. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you would like to organize a program for your students.
The USRS issues monthly alerts for web links which includes brief listings of documents about international relations, environment, democracy, economic, foreign affairs, national security, global, social and cultural issues.
Last update: Tuesday, 20 September 2011 GMT+1000