The United Nations delivers vast amounts of information via the internet in at least 6 languages.
The official web site of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Look here for daily UN news, UN documents and publications, UN overview information, UN conference information, photos and other UN information resources including webcasts of significant meetings
Web Site Locator for the UN System of Organizations
Portal to web sites of the UN, its funds and programmes and specialized agencies. Also includes links to key projects and initiatives and to various joint programmes of the UN System.
Information Centre for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
Lists Depository Libraries Australia, provides information about student internships and contact detail for UN committees, offices and organizations in the region.
The United Nations System
United Nations organisational chart.
Library full-text database of parliamentary documents and official records of the United Nations available in the official languages of the UN (English, Spanish and French). Includes General Assembly, Security Council, and other Council resolutions from 1946, all UN parliamentary documents from 1992 and various UN daily journals and lists of documents.
UNBISnet: UN bibliographic information system
Web catalogue of UN documentation and publications indexed by the Dag Hammarskjld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva. Coverage is primarily from 1979 onward.
Link on this page to UNCAPS-Union catalogue of UN system Libraries. Provides a single point of access to library catalogs, indexes and abstract databases, library holdings, links to full-text resources, and archives.
Official Documents and Bibliographic Databases including Treaties and statistics
New titles lists, publications for sale
Historical (Major Collection)
Comprehensive collection of mimeographed and printed documents of the major organs and subsidiary organisations of the UN. It does not cover publications of the specialised agencies of the UN.
Use indexes listed below to access the documents in these collections.
This collection is organised by subject and covers, with some variations 1919-1946. A descriptive guide and key to the microfilm collection is with the collection.
UNDEX. United Nations documents index, (1950-1974)
Series A: subject index
Series B: country index
Series C: list of documents issued
Note that this indexes significant publications of the UN main body and subsidiary organizations but not the publications of the Specialized Agencies within the UN systems, eg WHO, World Bank, UNESCO.
Library holdings for Historical statistics
Using the keywords: united nations yearbook in a library catalogue search returns approximately sixty major UN statistical publications.
Major statistical serials:
United Nations Documentation: Research Guide
One of the best guides to United Nations documents is available online from the UN's Dag Hammarskjold Library. It is designed for researchers and information professionals new to United Nations documentation and provides an overview of the various types of documents and publications issued by the organization (eg reports, resolutions, meeting records, sales publications, press releases, etc) with guidance on how to work with them.
Yearbook of the United Nations, (1946,7- ), UN, NY.
Earlier guides for historical studies
Use the Library Guide to Citing and Referencing for different styles where possible
If there is no example available use the style manual for the stye you are using. If this does not provide adequate guidance use the AGLC (Australian Guide to Legal Citation)
The United Nations provides information on citing and referencing following the Bluebook Style, a US style for citing legal materials which includes United Nations documents. APA and Chicago refer users to the Bluebook style. We as AGLC as an alternative to the Bluebook style.
International Agreements, Treaties and Conventions
To reference these you need to find the Volume number, Treaty Series abbreviation,treaty number and date entered into force (EIF). See United Nations Treaty Collection for details.
There is an example of citing a Treaty using the AGLC style on the Citing & Referencing tab of the Law Library Guide.
Some examples of citing International Agreements and Treaties in APA style
Many reports of the subsidiary bodies to the General Assembly are catalogued as separate titles.
Treaties and International Agreements
United Nations Treaty Collection
Contains the texts of over 50,000 bilateral and multilateral treaties and subsequent treaty actions from the UN and League of Nations documents and other related material.
General Assembly Resolutions
1946- . Some documents in pdf format.
Security Council Resolutions
1946- . Some documents in pdf format.
Economic and Social Council:
Library holdings (Indexes):
The internet provides the best access to current information on UN conferences, resolutions from the major organs, and some documents and speeches from the General Assembly
UN News Centre
Alert service to selected just-released UN online information, major reports, publications and documents. Created and maintained by librarians at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library, NY.
UN news (coverage of daily events including press releases)