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Guide to finding United Nations information online and in the Government Documents Center
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Dag Hammarskjöld Library

  • Dag Hammarskjöld Library
    It is the main depository for United Nations documents and publications and maintains a selected collection of materials of the specialized agencies and United Nations affiliated bodies.
  • UN Pulse
    Librarians at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library update the UN Pulse Blog to keep the public abreast of recently released UN information.
  • UN-I-QUE (UN Info Quest)
    UN-I-QUE (UN Info Quest), a ready-reference file created by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library to respond to frequently asked questions, is designed to provide quick access to document symbols/sales numbers for UN materials (1946 onwards).

Index vs. Full-Text

UN databases, like many other databases, vary in capacity. You will find that with some UN databases, you can only find a citation for the document you are looking for and there maybe a link to the full-text of that document, but that is not always the case. The reason for this is that some databases only index documents, meaning they contain records that have the citation and some descriptive information for individual documents, but you need to go to different databases for the full-text.

For example, UNBISNET has an index to speeches with links to full-text, so you will still have access to the full-text, but you will be taken away from UNBISNET to get it.



    United Nations

    • UNBISNET  
      UNBISNET is the library catalog for the Dag Hammarskjöld Library.It includes links to the full-text of bibliographic records (1979-present) and voting records (1946-present) and Index to speeches.
    • Access UN
      Contains official records, masterhead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN sales publications, and UN treaty series citations from 1946 to present. (For more information on treaties, click on the Treaties tab)
    • Official Documents System of the United Nations (ODS)  
      ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentations, beginning in 1993. It also provides access to the resolutions of the General assembly, Security Council, and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.
    • UN member state on the record
      Provides information about member states of United Nations.
    • UN News Centre
      Provides breaking news from the UN News Service.

    Leagues of Nations

    • Leagues of nations Archives (UNOG)
      The archives of the League of Nations are a source of information not only about the League (1919-1946), but also about peace movements and international relations in general from the end of the nineteenth century. The collections represent 3,000 linear metres of textual records and documents, as well as brochures and pamphlets, visual documents and museum items.
    • Leagues of Nations Photo Archives
      The Archives includes official records as well as portraits, paintings, caricatures, original artworks and unique objects d'art.

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