Please make sure you check out the additional research guides pointed to in the box on the left.
Key UN Resources/points of access:
The Main UN website has an amazing amount of information, but can be daunting. One helpful strategy to navigating is to use the site index (found at the bottom of the homepage).
United Nations Digital Library
Currently, the UNDL incorporates digital content, mainly official UN documents and selected UN maps, with metadata from UNBISnet for UN-produced materials, as well as speech and voting records. Additional collections of digital materials will be added as they are created or are made available to us by UN departments, offices, and agencies.
UNBISnet: United Nations Bibliographic Information System on the Internet
Primary UN database, serving as the catalog for the UN libraries as well as providing full text access to many UN documents, Also includes voting records of the General Assembly (38th session, 1983-present) and the Security Council (1946-present). Primary database of the United Nations, offering access to UN documents and publications acquired by the Dag Hammarskjold Library in New York and the UN Library in Geneva. Also included are: commercial publications and other non-UN sources held in the collection of the Dag Hammarskjold Library. 1979 - present with older documents added regularly; Voting Records for resolutions which were adopted by the General Assembly (38th session, 1983 - present) and the Security Council (1946 - present); Citations to speeches made in the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council (1983 - present). Many ODS documents can be found in UNBISnet.
NOTE: Firewalls may cause problems in accessing full-text documents.
ODS - UN Official Document System
Comprehensive, though not complete, coverage of all types of publicly-available UN documentation starting in the early to mid-1990s. Categories of documents included are: Resolutions going back to 1946 (Security Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council); Selected Security Council and General Assembly documents going back to 1985; Meeting Records; Daily Journals; and Bulletins. NOT INCLUDED IN ODS: UN sales publications; UN public information materials; UN press releases and briefings; UN Treaty Series; Documents that are not publicly released.
UN-I-QUE - United Nations Infoquest
Database designed by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York to provide quick access to document symbols/sales numbers for UN materials, from 1946 onwards.
United Nations Treaty Collection
Includes Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General, United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS), and Monthly Statements of treaties and International Agreements. Includes full text of treaties back to 1945.
In addition, The UN website and subject-specific databases have very useful information on global health.
The UN also creates its own, subject-specific databases. Any of the following may include information on global health issues, trends, events, or case studies: