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Introduction

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization that was founded in 1945 by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.  Membership has grown considerably and several UN agencies produce much research. Many recently published documents can be found online full-textUN Web TV broadcasts 24 hour live and pre-recorded programming of UN meetings, events and documentaries on various global issues.

The Yearbook of the United Nations is available online from 1946 to present.  It provides analyses of events that transpire annually.  Publication is 5 years behind the current year due to time needed to collect material. 

The United Nations Statistical Yearbook is available online from 2005 to present.  Publication is 5 years behind the current year due to time needed to collect material

 

Content published by the UN

Information can be found in the Dr. John Archer Library in various formats (e.g., paper, electronic, microformats).  Content published by the United Nations does usually not appear as articles in journals and magazines but instead as:

  • laws
  • regulations
  • reports
  • statistics
  • surveys

They are primary resarch sources in many subjects and are often cited in journal articles and books.  Use the research guide tabs above to identify and locate government publications by jurisdiction.  It can be difficult to find government publications and especially if you are new to working with them.  This guide is a starting point but please contact me if you have research questions.

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