Bibliographic Information on UN Documentation
United Nations Digital Library
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The new United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) provides easy access to documents, maps and voting data, as well as non-sales publications and will help citizens and researchers of the world find the UN information they need, quickly and accurately. It provides one global point of access to UN information – current and historical; content is updated daily.
What can you find in the United Nations Digital Library? UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, UN content freely available around the world, Content in 6+ languages.
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Official Documents of the United Nations
The Official Document System (ODS) is an online database of UN documents that was first launched in 1993 and updated in 2016. ODS has full-text, born-digital UN documents published from 1993 onward, including documents of the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and their subsidiaries, as well as administrative issuances and other documents.
The database also includes scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993, including all resolutions of the principal organs, all documents of the Security Council and the General Assembly Official Records. Documents are available in the official languages of the UN; some documents are also available in German.
ODS does not have the following types of materials: documents issued before 1993 that have not yet been digitized, press releases, sales publications, such as the Yearbook and the Treaty Series, and documents that do not have a UN symbol.
UNBISnet (United Nations Bibliographic Information System)
- Bibliographic Search
Catalogue of United Nations(UN) documents and publications indexed by the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva. Also included are commercial publications and other non-UN sources held in the collection of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. The coverage of UNBISnet is from 1979 onward, however, older documents are being added to the catalogue on a regular basis as a result of retrospective conversion. UNBISnet also provides instant access to a growing number of full text resources in the six official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), including resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Security Council from 1946 onward
- Voting Records
The voting records for all resolutions which were adopted – either without a vote or by roll-call or recorded vote – by the General Assembly beginning with its 1st session (1946-) and the Security Council beginning with its 1st year (1946-). Links to the full text of resolutions are provided.
- Index to Speeches
Citations to speeches made in the General Assembly beginning with its 38th session (1983-), the Security Council beginning with its 19th year (1964-), the Economic and Social Council beginning in 1977 and the Trusteeship Council beginning with its 15th special session (1982). Links to the full text of speeches are provided.
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