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Latin American Studies: United Nations

An introductory guide to doing research in Latin American studies in the UCSD Library

Additional Resources

​The UN provides an incredible amount of primary and secondary source material useful for Latin American Studies projects, as well as International Studies research in general.  Thus, it does not merely belong under Primary Sources.


UN Documentation Research Guide - Dag Hammarskjold Library: Includes explanations of documents symbols, indexes, resolutions and decisions, speeches, parliamentary documents, and more. Includes subguides to the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council as well as on special topics


UN News Centre: Search for UN news by region, topic of focus (Iraq, Middle East, terrorism etc.), or by UN body. Includes press releases, factsheets, maps and other resources.


United Nations Research Guides & ResourcesSubject guides to key United Nations publications covering a wide range of topics, including international law, human rights, economic development, peacekeeping, and more.


United Nations Research Guide from Northwestern University

United Nations Divisions and Resources Dedicated to Specific Topics/Issues

About the UN

The United Nations is the intergovernmental organization (IGO) that facilitates cooperation on international law, security, economic development, social progress, and human rights issues. Almost every recognized independent country is a member state. The UN is divided into the General Assembly (the main deliberative body), the Security Council (which deals with matters of peace and security), the Economic and Social Council (which promotes economic and social cooperation and development), the Secretariat (which provides studies, information, and facilities needed by the UN), and the International Court of Justice. The UN System is comprised of other agencies such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF (UN Children's Fund), UNDP (UN Development Programme), and UNEP (UN Environmental Programme).

Official documents cover the daily work of the United Nations. The United Nations sales publications deal with a multitude of topics and include the environment, human rights, education, gender, social justice, health, country- or region-specific policy issues, and statistics.

General United Nations Resources

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).


CEPAL/ECLAC: Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe/Economic Commision for Latin America