U.S. Declassified Documents Online Appeals to Scholars

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U.S. Declassified Documents Online‘s greatest value lies in the wealth of facts and insights that it provides in connection with the political, economic, and social conditions of the United States and other countries. A significant resource for researchers in almost every discipline, this collection makes it possible for researchers to easily and quickly access and review selected previously classified government documents online. The search-and-discovery interface for the collection allows researchers to locate the full text of documents and quickly filter their search results by document type, issue date, source institution, classification level, and date declassified as well as other document characteristics.

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These declassified documents are gleaned from various governmental entities such as the National Security Council, US Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, executive agencies and presidential documents, the United Nations, and so forth. Through primary sources like these users can learn about historical events (such as the Cold War or Vietnam) and American policy, including strategy in the Middle East, foreign relations, and the environment, as well as domestic issues. Included are cabinet minutes, FBI surveillance memoranda, technical studies, White House briefings, policy statements, and official correspondence.

The collection—appropriate for all levels of study—will appeal to scholars in many fields of study, including political science, history, law, regional studies, environmental studies, business, social science, and journalism.

—C. A. Sproles, University of Louisville

Originally published by CHOICE, June 2017

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