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United Nations: Research Tips

Guide to information created by the UN and the UN Family of Organizations

Finding Books and Articles about the United Nations

To find books about the UN, its work, and the UN family of organizations, type a search in Oskicat  or Google Books under the name of the organization or a topic it addresses. To find articles look in databases or in journals & magazines like those listed below.   NGOs (see the section in this guide) also follow the UN and its work and point users to key documents.  

Short Cuts and Tricks

The UN publishes an immense amount of material, much of which is ephemeral. One trick is to rely on expert summaries that can be found in the following sources:

Journals Articles about the UN

Another method is to do find research written about the UN in political science, public policy, and international relations databases like these listed beow.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online). Indexes journals, books, policy briefs, working papers, and conference proceedings from research institutes worldwide related to international affairs analysis and advocacy materials. 

Google Scholar. Functions as both a key word database for articles and books. It automatically connects to select licensed content held by the UC libraries. 

JSTOR. Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.

PAIS International. Indexes books, journals, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, and web sources related to public policy, politics, economics, and social issues worldwide. Includes publications from over 120 countries

PolicyFile. Index to public policy in the areas of economics, politics, the environment, and social issues, taken from reports from a wide range of thinks tanks, Non-governmental organizations, international governmental organizations, and other institutions worldwide.

Proquest Social Sciences. Interdisciplinary metasearch in the social sciences: includes EconLit, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS), PAIS, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts and more.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.  Indexes books, journals, and dissertations within the field of political science and related to international relations, law and politics, political economy, public administration, and public policy. 

Sample Books about the UN

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