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Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Region 5, Latin America: FBIS Region 5 tutorial

Purpose of this guide

This tutorial guide for the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Region 5 database is intended for students and researchers studying Latin American Studies at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to get started with the FBIS Region 5 database.

About FBIS Region 5

The FBIS Region 5 Daily Reports 1974–1996 is a newly acquired database which consists of translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations in Latin America. These media sources were monitored and issued by an agency of the US government.

The reports offer unique perspectives on international affairs as events unfolded from 1974-1996. Many of those events are in some ways the predecessors, if not the outright causes of what is happening today. The reports contain significant, critical material unavailable from any other source.

The FBIS e-resource offers name and subject-search ability in an instant.

(The above introduction is based on material originally published by the History Faculty Library.)

Getting started

FBIS website

  • Connect to Databases A-Z
  • Find FBIS and connect to the database 
  • Click South America on the world map
  • Select advanced search
  • Check the boxes for Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela
  • Select the Article Types tab and check Speeches
  • Select the Publication Series Title tab and check Daily Report. Latin America
  • Search for “coffee”, Date “1974” and view some results, checking Add to My Collection against one or two
  • Click Clear All and repeat the above steps, using the following parameters: South America/Venezuela/Text/Daily Report. Middle East & Africa/Search for “oil”
  • View the results, then click Clear All and explore Events, View My Collection, View My Searches and Help
  • Try searching for terms within your area of special interest 

Bodleian Latin American Centre Library

This guide has been prepared by the Bodleian Latin American Centre Library

St Antony's College,

tel: (01865) 2-74483

The library is no. 10 on the Bodleian Libraries map


Librarian and Subject Consultant: Frank Egerton

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