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Volume 18, Issue 2 February 2001
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SIRS Government Reporter Adds New Unit to National Archives Documents

SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced that The United States at War: 1944, a new unit examining America's role in pivotal events at the end of the Second World War, can now be accessed on CD-ROM and in the National Archives Documents collection of the SIRS Government Reporter online reference database.

According to the announcement, the events of 1944 brought about the climax of U.S. involvement in a conflict that exacted an immense cost in terms of both resources and human life, while at the same time elevated the nation to the status of a world superpower. The United States at War: 1944 gives students access to primary sources that highlight America's role in events such as the D-Day invasion and brings to life the experience of war on the Pacific front. Documents also examine themes such as minority and human rights issues and home-front support of the war effort.

National Archives Documents are a collection of visual resources from the holdings of the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) that highlight major themes throughout U.S. history. Documents include reproductions of primary sources such as charts, photographs, letters, drawings, and posters that illustrate key issues and prevailing public attitudes of a particular period. Each unit is organized thematically and includes a brief historical essay to put the documents in context.

SIRS Government Reporter users can access National Archives Documents via the Topic Browse and Additional Databases tabs in the SIRS Knowledge Source (SKS) online interface. Documents can also be retrieved through the SKS keyword search.

According to the announcement, SIRS Government Reporter is the one source for current and historic government documents;landmark and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions; and information about federal departments, agencies, elected leaders, and more. The main database delivers thousands of full-text documents and graphics from departments, agencies, and commissions of the U.S. government. Additional content databases include U.S. Supreme Court Decisions, National Archives Documents, Historic Documents, Congressional Members, Federal Agencies, U.S. Justices, and U.S. Presidents.

Source: SIRS Mandarin, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 800/232-7477; http://www.sirs.com.

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