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Government Documents - United Nations Collection: UN Research

Hawai`i Voyager online catalog provides access to books, journals, audiovisual media, and other materials in the UH libraries.
All United Nations materials in the UN collection are cataloged and their holdings are listed on the online catalog.

AccessUN (UHM only) serves as an index to the current and retrospective UN documents and publications including Official Records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN Sales Publications, and the UN Treaty Series citations. Use this tool to locate documents available in the Readex UN microfiche collection (1946-2004) located in the Government Documents reading room. For 2005 and subsequent years, documents are available electronically through the UN Official Document System (ODS) described below.

ODS : Official Document System includes full-text official UN documentation from the UN office in New York (beginning 1993), the Geneva UN office (beginning 1997), and from various UN organizations. Prior years are being added retrospectively.

UNBISnet includes the catalog for the Dag Hammarskjold Library at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and at the Library of the UN office at Geneva.  It includes official documents and publications as well as commercial and non-UN sources held in the Dag Hammarskjold Library.  Users can also search for voting records and speeches (links to full-text) made at various bodies of the UN.  A useful aid to search the catalog is its Thesaurus.

Worldcat (Public and UHM only versions) is the world's largest network of library content and services.  Includes UN documents located in numerous member libraries, including UHM.

Basic Facts About the United Nations
New York : United Nations.
Annual publication
Call number: Government Documents Ref. UN Per. B 29/Year

Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements. 3rd ed., 4 v.
New York : Routledge, 2003
Call number: Government Documents Ref. GPZ 1.2:UN 4

Oxford Handbook on the United Nations (online access for UHM only)
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008

United Nations Handbook
Wellington : Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Annual publication
Call number: Government Documents Ref. UN 3/Year

Yearbook of the United Nations.
New York : United Nations.
Annual publication
Call number: Government Documents UN Per. Y 32/year
Also available online:

Library of Congress Country Studies (previously issued as Country Studies/Area Handbooks, a joint Library of Congress/Department of the Army series) 

CIA World Factbook - information for 267 world entities including maps of the world, major regions and individual countries; flags of the world.  Print copy also available in the collection;Government Documents Ref. PREX 3.15: year

Major Department of State publications

PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service) (UHM only)

The United Nations distinguishes publications, which are sold by the UN, from documents, which are official issuances from UN bodies. Publications of the UN are copyrighted. UN documents may be freely copied for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution. Commercial use needs to be discussed with the United Nations Publication Board.

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