Selected Resources for: Government Information, International

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Amy Springer

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Information on the departments, personnel, and activities of international intergovernmental organizations.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Use this index for broad coverage of social science issues worldwide. Includes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, and book chapters.

Produced by the 25-nation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), headquartered in Paris, together with the United States' Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the 31 nations of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT), Transport indexes journal articles, technical reports and conference papers on surface transportation systems including marine transportation and their components including highway, traffic, transport, road safety, and economic and social aspects of transportation systems.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 4 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.


Indexes, Other

AccessUN provides access to bibliographic citations of current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications including:

  • the UN collections of the Government Publications Library
  • articles appearing in UN periodicals
  • the bilateral and multilateral treaties in the UN Treaty Series
  • full text documents from the:
    • General Assembly - resolutions from 1981-
    • Security Council - resolutions from 1974-
    • Economic and Social Council - resolutions from 1982-

Indexes United Nations Development Programme Project Reports issued and held by UN headquarters between the years 1972-1998. Provides access to evaluative, technical and terminal reports submitted to the UN by numerous participating and executing agencies. The Government Publications Library holds the corresponding full-text microfiche collection from NewsBank/Readex, which also produced the index.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

Labordoc is the ILO library's catalogue and a major source of information on the world of work. Over 350,000 bibliographic records describing books, journal articles, reports and other publications (including ILO's) covering many work-related issues. Some full texts included.

Search MNCAT, the libraries' catalog, to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

Please note: not all of our International publications are cataloged in MNCAT. Contact AskUs! if you have trouble finding a publication.

UNBISnet, the UN Bibliographic Information System, is the primary index to United Nations documentation published since 1979, or earlier for selected major documents, by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library and the Library of the UN Office at Geneva. It also includes the catalogue of the collections of the Dag Hammarskjold Library.
Included are:

  • Links to full text of resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Security Council, going back to 1946
  • the voting records for all resolutions which were adopted by the General Assembly beginning with its 1st session (1946-) and the Security Council beginning with its 1st year (1946-)
  • citations to speeches made in the General Assembly beginning with its 38th session (1983-), the Security Council beginning with its 38th year (1983-), the Economic and Social Council beginning in 1983 and the Trusteeship Council beginning with its 15th special session (1982)

Contains over 98,000 bibliographic records of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) documents/publications in the Organization's fields of competence (education, science, culture, social and human sciences, communication, information and informatics), since 1946, as well as book/periodical acquisitions of its Library.


General Reference Sources

Directories

A mission to the UN is an office of a member or non-member observer group that facilitates communication between the member or observer and the UN and other missions. This publication is published semiannually and lists members of permanent missions to UN Headquarters, including member countries, countries with observer status, and other international governmental organizations. Also includes listing of current membership of the Security Council, Economic and Social Council, International Court of Justice, and the Trusteeship Council. The web site is a compilation of only those missions with Web pages.


Guides

The Government Publications Library (GPL) of the University Libraries houses the main collection of official European Union documents distributed under their Depository Library program. This guide describes the main documents and lists their locations.

The Government Publications Library (GPL) has two United Nations (UN) collections and this guide helps you to find the publications in them.

The United Nations Scholars' Workstation, developed by the Yale University Library and the Social Science Statistical Laboratory, is a collection of texts, finding aids, data sets, maps, and pointers to print and electronic information.


Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

Available on the site: all multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and those formerly deposited with the League of Nations - their latest status and a link to the full texts; bilateral and multilateral treaties registered with and published by the United Nations Secretariat in accordance with Article 102 up to a certain date - Detailed treaty references and full texts in all authentic languages; recently deposited multilateral treaties that have been deposited but not yet published - available for viewing and downloading in some or all of their authentic languages.


Gateways & Megasites

OECD iLibrary is the online publications portal of the 34-country Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. OECD iLibrary is OECD’s Online Library for Books, Papers and Statistics and the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. It replaces SourceOECD, and hosts all content so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. Video User Guide.


Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

The Council of Europe was founded in 1949 to

  • defend human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law,
  • develop continent-wide agreements to standardise member countries' social and legal practices and
  • promote awareness of a European identity based on shared values and cutting across different cultures.

The European Union's web site provides basic information on the European Union, key issues, access to official documents, legal texts, publications and direct links to individual institution's Web sites.

The Food and Agriculture Organization was founded in 1945 and is the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development. An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 180 member countries plus one member organization, the European Community.
NOTE: FAO publications are found in Magrath Library on the St. Paul Campus.

The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

The IMF is an international organization of 182 member countries, established to promote international monetary cooperation and stability, to foster economic growth, and to provide temporary financial assistance to member countries.

The Organization of American States (OAS) is playing a central role in working toward many of the goals that are shared by the countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Through the Summit of the Americas process, the hemisphere's heads of state and government have given the OAS important responsibilities and mandates, including:

  • Strengthening freedom of speech and thought as a basic human right;
  • Promoting greater participation by civil society in decision-making at all levels of government.
  • Improving cooperation to address the problem of illegal drugs; and
  • Supporting the process to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas.

The United Nations is a cooperative organization that exists to mediate conflicts and promote collaboration between its member countries. It has six main bodies:

UNCTAD is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly in the field of trade and development. UNCTAD works within the United Nations for the integrated treatment of development and interrelated issues in the areas of trade, finance, technology, investment and sustainable development.

The UNDP helps countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

  • Democratic Governance
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Crisis Prevention and Recovery
  • Energy and Environment
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • HIV/AIDS

UNEP works to implement an environmental agenda that is integrated strategically with the goals of economic development and social well-being - an agenda for sustainable development on an international scale.

The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication.

WHO coordinates programmes aimed at solving health problems and the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health. It works in areas such as immunization, health education and the provision of essential drugs.
NOTE: WHO publications are found in the Bio-Medical Library on the East Bank of the Minneapolis Campus.

The World Bank is a development institution whose goal is to reduce poverty by promoting sustainable economic growth in its client countries.


Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

FAOSTAT, from the Food and Agriculture Organization, contains over 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in the following areas: Production, Trade, Food Balance Sheets, Fertilizer and Pesticides, Land Use and Irrigation, Forest Products, Fishery Products, Population, Agricultural Machinery and Food Aid Shipments from 1961-.

Contains extensive international economic data and statistics on energy, minerals and metals, chemicals and manufactured goods, agriculture, and other industrial areas. Consumption, production, imports, and exports are among the categories for which values are given.

This page is the central statistical page for the ILO. The data available here are extracted from LABORSTA, the Bureau's principal database. LABORSTA consists mainly of annual time-series which serve to publish the ILO Yearbook of Labour Statistics. The interactive application offered via this web site allows users to choose from over 200 countries, 23 tables and 31 years (1969 to the present). The application also allows you to download the data into a "Comma Separated Values" (CSV) file, which can be opened up in spreadsheet and statistical programs.

Allows you to view and compare the most up-to-date statistical data for up to 5 member states of the United Nations.

International Financial Statistics (IFS) is the electronic version of the International Monetary Fund's standard source of statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance from more than 200 IMF countries. It contains approximately 32,000 time series of financial and economic data. Topics covered include exchange rates, IMF postion, international liquidity, money and banking accounts, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, national accounts, and population. The database contains annual, monthly, and quarterly data going back as far as 1945. Data output formats include CSV, Excel. HTML, and TAB delimited.

LABORSTA provides free access to yearly statistics of employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, labour cost, consumer price indices, occupational injuries, strikes and lockouts from 1969-2000; monthly statistics of employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages, consumer price indices from 1976-2002 and "October Inquiry" statistics of wages and hours of work in 159 occupations from 1983-2000 and retail prices of 93 food items from 1985-2000.

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

Statistical Yearbook (United Nations)

Provides tables of data on: world and regional population, production in agriculture, hunting, fishing, forestry, mining, and manufacturing and foreign trade (summaries and specific products and their price index). Also includes detailed data by country such as: number of teachers and schools, AIDS cases, food supply in calories per capita, mass media infiltration and access (book production, newspaper circulation, television and radio penetration), transportation and communications (railway and airline traffic, telephones and motor vehicles in use, shipping), energy production and consumption by sector, natural resources and pollution indicators, intellectual property (research, workforce andexpenditures, patent, industrial design and trademark applications), and international tourism.

This database provides international statistics on all major social and economic subjects. It replaces the older database "UN Common Database" which will be discontinued in mid-2008.

WDI (World Development Indicators) Online contains statistics for over 550 indicators from 1960 for over 200 countries and 18 country groups. Subjects include: social welfare, economies, natural resources, and the environment. Data may not be available for all years for all countries.

The WEO database from the International Monetary Fund is created during the biannual World Economic Outlook (WEO) exercise, which begins in January and June of each year and results in the WEO publication, which is released in May and October. Selected series that are available in the publication are now available on this website at the time of the release of the WEO press version (late April and September). If necessary, these figures will be revised in order to maintain consistency with the published World Economic Outlook. NOTE: GDP and GDP per capita for all countries in current prices from 1970 (where data available) can be viewed from here.


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Library Information

Government Publications Library

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