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American Information Resource Center
 

The American Information Resource Center (AIRC) is located in the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow. Its mission is to provide timely, reliable and comprehensive information on U.S. foreign policy, economic and trade issues, U.S. domestic issues and American society and culture.

AIRC's monthly newsletter: Spotlight. To subscribe to an e-mail version of Spotlight newsletter, please send an e-mail with "Subscribe to Spotlight" in the Subject line to KrakowAIRC@state.gov. State your name and choose between English and Polish versions in the e-mail. To unsubscribe please send an e-mail with "Unsubscribe" in the Subject line from the same address.

AIRC's monthly publication: Zoom in on America. American Information Resource Center at the US Consulate in Krakow publishes a monthly on-line newsletter for the learners of English Zoom in on America, where you can find articles and photos presenting a variety of issues connected with American life, tradition, culture and nature. There is an activity page including grammar and vocabulary exercises as well as a glossary. Zoom contests offer a chance to win albums and books about the United States. Become our subscriber and you will receive an e-mail informing you that a new issue is available on-line or, if you want, we will send you the issue in the pdf format as an attachment to an e-mail.

Read the present and past issues (since 2004):http://www.usinfo.pl/zoom

The AIRC’s audience includes local government officials, political parties, journalists, researchers, academics, business leaders and others with a professional interest in the United States. Information can be provided in the following areas:

  • Government agencies and institutions
  • Foreign and domestic economic policy and relations
  • Political and legislative development
  • International relations, defense and security issues
  • Human rights and the democratic process
  • Environmental, social and educational issues
  • Cultural life and history

AIRC Resources On-line:
Lexis-Nexis, GaleNet, Stat-USA, EBSCO, Factiva, CQ Researcher, CQ Public Affairs Collection, Columbia International Affairs on Line, Facts on File, Books in Print.

Click here for detailed descriptions of AIRC databases

CD-Roms:
Ulrich Plus, Wilson Biographies, Civil War, US Presidents, Scribner's American History and Culture, Scribner's Comprehensive Authors.

E-books:
The following books are available in the electronic form:
Encyclopedia of African American History, 2010
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, 2v, 2006
African American Almanac, 2011
Cities of the United States, 2008
Guide to U.S. Elections, 2009

Books: Reference Collection:
Over 500 reference texts with specialized titles on the American political system, legislation, history and culture. See a list of our new books.

Follow this link to our online catalog.

Video collection:
Documentary movies about politics in America, international issues and terrorism; 26-part series on the history of the United States, 16-part series on American literature, 10-part series on American cinema, 7-part series on blues.

AIRC is open:
by appointment: Monday-Friday 9.00-16.30,
public hours: Tuesday 13.00-16.30.

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