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Government Documents Guide: U. S. Foreign Relations

U.S. State Department Publications

As the country's central diplomatic agency, the U.S. State Department's mission is to "Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system."

Ellis Library's collection of U. S. State Department documents include the popular Background Notes which tell about the culture, history, government, political conditions, economy, natural resources and foreign relations of most other nations of the world from 1990 to the present. The State Department collection overall tends to focus on areas with which there is some conflict, but also covers efforts to build positive international relations, such as student exchange programs. Most State Department publications are shelved in the Government Documents section on Ellis Library's 1st floor, under call numbers beginning with the letter S.

One way to find State Department publications in the library's Government Documents collection is to enter this search into MERLIN's keyword field:

("Department of State" or "U.S. Dept. of State") AND [any country name]


Special thanks to Kristy Sigafoos, Government Documents Student Assistant, who assisted in the creation of this web page.

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