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United Nations Documents

The purpose of this research guide is to introduce library users to a selection of United Nations reference sources available in the United Nations Collection and the Social Sciences/Documents Center. NYU has been a full depository for United Nations documents since 1949.

Most United Nations documents are not accessible through Bobst Library's Bobcat. Researchers should use United Nations indexes (located in aisle 1 in the U.N. Collection), check the U.N. Collection's card catalog and speak to reference personnel in the U.N. Collection.

Section 1: ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

UNBIS Net
http://unbisnet.un.org/
Provides information on United Nations documentation and bibliographic citations, link to full-text General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, voting information on resolutions, as well as bibliographic citations for non-UN resources. Coverage from 1979 to present.

Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS)
http://spweb.silverplatter.com/waldo?
Provides bibliographic records on literature relating to public policy, social policy and the social sciences. Information is provided for journal articles, directories, proceedings, books, government reports, and international documents. Coverage from 1972 to present.

RLIN Eureka--Bibliographic File
http://library.nyu.edu/collections/other_catalogs.html
Contains records from the UN Dag Hammarskjold Library. Includes citations to UN documents and publications as well as non-UN materials. Coverage from 1979 to date.

Statistical Universe
http://web.lexis-nexis.com/statuniv
Indexes the statistical publications of the UN and other intergovernmental organizations.

United Nations Library Homepage
http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/
The Dag Hammarskjold Library's website contains research guides, catalogs and links to some full text material. Also listed are the locations of other UN depository libraries around the world.

Section 2: MAJOR INDEXES: GENERAL AND STATISTICAL SOURCES

Checklist of United Nations Documents. New York: United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library, 1949 to 1949.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]
United Nations documents are indexed by subject from 1946 - 1949.

Current National Statistical Compendiums. Bethesda, MD: Congressional Information Service, 1970 to date.
Bobst REF 6 [Microfiche]
Brief guide and microfiche collection of major national statistical publications of foreign countries. Includes national yearbooks and national bank reports.

Index to International Statistics. Bethesda, MD: Congressional Information Service, 1983 to date.
Bobst REF 6 [Microfiche]
Monthly. Abstracts for a wide range of United Nations and intergovernmental organization (IGO) documents of a statistical nature. Indexing is by subject, name and title. Majority of the documents in IIS are available in paper and/or microfiche format in the U.N. Collection. As an alternative, use Statistical Universe online.

Index to Proceedings of the Economic and Social Council. New York: United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library, 1952 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]

Index to Proceedings of the General Assembly. New York: United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library, 1946 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]

Index to Proceedings of the Security Council. New York: United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library, 1964 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]

Index to Proceedings of the Trusteeship Council. New York: United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library, 1952 to 1994.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]
The four Indexes to Proceedings..., listed above, are issued separately. Each index contains a subject index section and an index to speeches section. The subject index provides access to bibliographic citations for documents, reports, meeting records and resolutions of the General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Security Council and Trusteeship Council. Document numbers for speeches made by U.N. representatives and others during meetings of the four previously mentioned U.N. agencies are accessed in the index to speeches section by country/organization, person and subject.

Edward A. Reno, Jr., ed. League of Nations documents, 1919-1946; a descriptive guide and key to the microfilm collection. New Haven, Conn.: Research Publications, 1973-75.
Bobst REF 6 IntlDocs Z6473 .R45 1973 [Aisle 1]

UNDEX: United Nations Document Index. New York: United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library, 1970 to 1978.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]

UNDOC: United Nations Document Index. New York: United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library, 1979 to 1996.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]

United Nations Document Index. New York: United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library, 1950 to 1973.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]

United Nations Documents Index. New York: United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Library, 1998 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]
Each of the four Documents Indexes covers a different time span and contains author, title and subject indexes as well as checklists for most UN documents. As an alternative, use UNBIS Net (http://unbisnet.un.org/).

United Nations Documents Checklist of the Microprint Edition. New York: Readex Microprint Corporation, 1946 to 1975.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]
Checklist of UN documents in microprint from 1946 to 1975.

Section 3: CURRENT EVENTS SOURCES

A Global Agenda: Issues Before the General Assembly of the United Nations. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2000-2001.
Bobst REF 6 JX1977.A423.I8
Annual account of activities of the General Assembly and other United Nations agencies. Title and publishers vary for earlier editions.

UN Chronicle. New York: United Nations, 1964 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]
Provides current information on United Nations activities.

United Nations, General Assembly. Annotated Preliminary List of Items to Be Included in the Provisional Agenda of the ... Regular Session of the General Assembly.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs U.N.Docs. A/Session #/100 [Aisles 1 and 2]
The General Assembly's annual provisional list of topics for the new session. Contains a brief synopsis of action taken by the General Assembly on various issues and includes references to U.N. documents.

United States Participation in the UN: Report by the President to the Congress for the year... Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1948-1991, 1999.
Bobst REF 6 U.S. Docs S 1.70
Annual account of the United Nations and its affiliated international organizations.

Yearbook of the United Nations. New York: United Nations, 1946 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1] Latest edition held at the Reference Desk.
Annual overview of United Nations activities. References to United Nations documents and texts of some resolutions are at the end of subject sections. Briefly reviews activities of international organizations affiliated with the United Nations.

Section 4: STATISTICAL SOURCES

The Statistical Office of the United Nations compiles international economic and demographic data that is printed in various U.N. statistical sources. Many of the following publications have changed titles and are found in the same locations as the current edition of the statistical publication. Annual statistical publications generally have a two to three year time lag.

Demographic Yearbook. New York: United Nations, 1948 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 18] Latest edition held at the Reference Desk.
Annual compilation of population statistics of U.N. member countries. This source presents vital statistics, marriage and divorce rates as well as special topic statistics that vary with each issue.

Energy Statistics Yearbook. New York: United Nations, 1985 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 19]
Provides annual data on energy supplies of U.N. member countries.

Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook. New York: United Nations, 1984 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 19]
Worldwide compilation of industrial production statistics by country and by commodity.

International Trade Statistics Yearbook. New York: United Nations, 1985 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisles 19 and 20] Latest edition held at the Reference Desk.
Presents international trade data of U.N. countries by country and by commodity according to the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC).

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics. New York: United Nations, 1947 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 19]
Provides recent international economic data. Also includes special tables of select economic statistics. Select economic statistics included in the special tables are not available in every issue.

National Accounts Statistics: Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables. New York: United Nations, 1980 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 20] Latest edition held at Reference Desk.
Provides annual national accounts data for different countries.

National Accounts Statistics: Analysis of Main Aggregates. New York: United Nations, 1980 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 20]
Summarizes annual national accounts data included in National Accounts Statistics: Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables.

United Nations Statistical Yearbook. New York: United Nations, 1949 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 19]
Basic statistical overview of all UN countries. Sections includes industrial production, manufacturing, development assistance, finance, culture, housing, science and technology.

Section 5: DIRECTORIES AND ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Basic human rights instruments. Geneva : Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ;Turin : International Training Centre of the ILO, 1998.
Bobst REF 6 GV.97.0.18 [Held at Reference Desk]

Blaustein, Albert P., Roger S. Clark and Jay A. Sigler, eds. Human Rights Sourcebook. New York: Paragon House, 1987.
Bobst REF 6 K3238 .H86 1987
Contains human rights related documentation from the United Nations and other intergovernmental agencies. Also includes selected constitutions, legislation and international conventions.

Mangoldt, Hans von, Volker Rittberger and Franz Knipping. The United Nations system and its predecessors. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Bobst REF 6 JZ5566 .S913 1997
Volume 1 contains declarations related to the establishment of the UN, the rules of procedure of its major organs, key resolutions on selected topics and basic instruments of other intergovernmental organizations. Volume 2 covers documentation on international cooperation and the League of Nations from the 19th century to World War I.

Osmanczyk, Edmund Jan. Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements. Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis, 1985.
Bobst REF 6 JX1977.O8213 1990 [Held at Reference Desk.]
One volume reference source that provides an overview of the United Nations and other major intergovernmental organizations. Includes definitions of social, political, economic, military and other international terms. Reprints text of major international treaties, conventions and other international agreements.

Permanent Missions to the United Nations. New York: United Nations, 1958 to date.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [ST/SG/SER.A/- Aisle 9]
Directory of addresses and phone numbers of the officials of the United Nations permanent missions.

Rauschning, Dietrich, Katja Wiesbrock, and Martin Lailach, eds. Key resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, 1946-1996. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Bobst REF 6 IntlRef KZ5006.2 .K49 1997

Yearbook of International Organizations. Munich: K.G. Saur.
Bobst REF 6 JX1904.A42 [Ref 6 Index Table G]
Comprehensive directory with brief descriptions of over 19,000 international organizations of all types.

Section 6: HANDBOOKS AND RESEARCH GUIDES

Everyone's United Nations: A Handbook on the Work of the United Nations. New York: United Nations, Current edition.
Bobst REF 6 Intl Docs [Aisle 1]
This publication provides brief information on the work and structure of the United Nations and its affiliated international organizations. The charter of the United Nations and the Statute of the International Court of Justice are reprinted in the appendix.

United Nations. United Nations Documentation: A Brief Guide. 1987.
Bobst REF 6 UN Docs ST/LIB/34/Rev. 1 [UN Collection Office]
This source uses the United Nations' organizational structure as a foundation for explaining U.N. documents and U.N. document numbers. Also describes various United Nations indexes.

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