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This library is an official depository for the United Nations (read more about the depository program). Most documents published after 1992 are cataloged in Chinook, the online catalog of the University Libraries. Earlier publications can be located using the AccessUN CU database.


Indexes | Full-Text Resources | Guides and Background Information



  • AccessUN CU
    The index to United Nations documents including Official Records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN Sales Publications, and the UN Treaty Series citations. Also included is the full-text of several thousand UN documents.
  • UNBISnet
    A catalog of UN documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjld Library and the Library of the UN office at Geneva. Also included are commercial publications and other non-UN sources held in the collection of the Dag Hammarskjld Library, voting records, and an index to speeches. The coverage of UNBISnet is from 1979 onward; however, older documents are being added to the catalog on a regular basis as a result of retrospective conversion. UNBISnet also provides instant access to a growing number of full-text resources in the six official languages of the UN.
  • UN-I-QUE (UN Info Quest)
    A database for quick access to UN document and sales publications numbers from 1946-. This information can be used to locate materials in the CU collection which is available in hardcopy or microform.
  • UN Member States: On the Record
    Provides online access to documents that give the views of all UN member states. Search by member state to find meeting records, draft resolutions, states parties reports, and press releases.
Full-Text Resources
  • Data and Statistics

  • Full-Text Documents
    • Global Issues on the UN Agenda
      Use this site to locate key UN documents, upcoming events and activities with the UN system, statements of the Secretary General, and other information by topic.
    • Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS)
      ODS covers all types of official UN documentation, beginning in 1993. However, older UN documents are added to the system on a daily basis. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards. The system does not contain press releases, UN sales publications, the United Nations Treaty Series, or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information. Please consult the Training Guides for help on searching ODS.
    • UN Documents
      This center provides resolutions and documents from the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Secretary General, the International Court of Justice, and the Trusteeship Council.
    • United Nations Treaty Collection
      This database includes six categories of treaty-related data: Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General; The United Nations Treaty Series; Texts of Recently Deposited Multilateral Treaties; Photographs of Treaty Signature Ceremonies; Titles of the Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General in the UN official languages; and Summary of Practice of the Secretary-General as Depositary of Multilateral Treaties.

Guides and Background Information
  • UN at a Glance
    This is an introduction to the structure and work of the UN extracted from Basic Facts About the UN.
  • Charter of the United Nations
    The full charter of the UN is available here in HTML. This page contains links to separate sections of the charter.
  • Cyber School Bus
    This site provides an introduction to the UN, country information, a Model UN briefing kit, and briefing papers on global topics geared to students age 12 and up.
  • Model UN
    This guide provides information sources in print and electronic format on model UN research.
  • Official Web Site Locator for the United Nations System of Organizations
  • Researching the United Nations: Finding the Organization's Internal Resource Trails
    Provides standard queries and search tools for finding UN information. From GlobaLex, which is produced by NYU School of Law.
  • State Department (U.S.) Bureau of International Organization Affairs
    BIO "develops and implements U.S. policy in the United Nations (UN), its specialized agencies, and other international organizations". There is also an archived version of this site that provides access to U.S. policy on reform of the United Nations, peacekeeping, U.S. arrears, testimony before Congress, speeches, and other information under the President Clinton administration.
  • UN Chronicle
    This is a newsletter with information, ideas and debates about the United Nations system.
  • United Nations Documentation: Research Guide
    This guide includes an explanation of document symbols, basic tools, indexes, full text options, parliamentary documents, resolutions and decisions, and speeches.
  • United Nations System Pathfinder
    "The purpose of this Pathfinder is to identify major publications of the organizations comprising the United Nations system." Includes sections on Communications, Culture, Disarmament, Economic Development, Environment, Human Rights, Human Settlements, International Law, International Security and Peace-Keeping, Outer Space, Population, Social Development, Transport, UN and International Organization.
  • Yearbook of the United Nations
    This is a digital version of the UN Yearbook back to 1946. This is the definitive reference source on the United Nations, with information on the resolutions and other work of the United Nations.