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Documents and publications issued by various governments and deliberative bodies serve as a rich source of material for researchers. Readex is well known for its current and retrospective collections of United Nations documents and U.S. government publications.

Access UN

A comprehensive Web-based index of United Nations documents
  • Offers full-text resolutions from the General Assembly, Security Council and the Economic and Social Council with bibliographic citations
  • Extensively indexes documents, records, publications and more by each of the six UN bodies
  • Supports researchers at universities, law libraries and government bodies as well as Model UN participants

Developed in cooperation with the library community, Access UN serves primarily as an ongoing Web-based index to more than 500,000 current and archived United Nations documents and publications. Access UN also provides the full text or links to the full text of more than 35,000 of these documents and publications.

Access UN benefits both researchers concerned with international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian issues as well as Model UN participants preparing resolutions and position papers. Peace and security, world hunger, human rights, economic development, the environment and atomic energy are among the many topics addressed in depth by the United Nations.

Indexing of various documents by each UN body 
Readex indexes the documents from the six main bodies of the United Nations—the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, Secretariat and International Court of Justice. Masthead documents (formerly known as mimeographed documents), official records, limited and restricted documents, sales publications and documents emanating from sessional and standing committees, functional commissions, conferences and regional bodies are the basis of this ongoing index. 

Additional resolutions, records and links 
Full-text resolutions from the General Assembly, Security Council and the Economic and Social Council are appended to their respective bibliographic citations. These documents include resolutions from the General Assembly (1981-present), the Security Council (1974-present), and the Economic and Social Council (1982-present). Also, selected Provisional Verbatim and Summary Records documents (1990-present), which contain voting records of General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, have been added to the database. Finally, Access UN provides links to full-text documents residing at UN Websites.

Segments offering comprehensive coverage 
Access UN is available in comprehensive date-range segments, including: 1991-present, 1966-present and 1946-present.

UNDP Project Reports

An archive that complements current project reports online
  • Complements current UNDP Project Reports that are available from the UN online
  • Offers a valuable index on CD-ROM or an online versions that provides access to evaluative, technical and terminal reports
  • Helps a wide range of researchers study past public policy, health, agriculture, technology, engineering, economics, education, communications and transportation

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is a UN organization formed in 1965 with the merger of the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance and the UN Special Fund. The stated goal of UNDP is to build more productive societies and economies in low-income nations by helping them develop their natural resources and human capabilities.

UNDP Project Reports (1972 to 1998) enable researchers to examine the results of development projects undertaken in these low-income nations and emerging economies. The reports of UNDP-funded projects are executed through a variety of prestigious agencies and organizations, including ILO, World Bank, UNESCO, WHO and FAO.

A retrospective collection not available online 
Beginning in 1999, current UNDP Project Reports became available via the Internet directly from UNDP. However, Readex offers a retrospective collection of UNDP Project Reports from 1972 to 1998 on microfiche. This collection is helpful to international development researchers, individuals interested in international business opportunities, consultants, students and other researchers needing information in the global areas of public policy, health, agriculture, technology, engineering, economics, education, communications and transportation. Readex’s retrospective collection complements the current collection online and provides unique documents that are very difficult to obtain.

UNDP Project Reports are available by year-group or by geographic category, as follows:

  • Africa
  • Asia & the Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Arab States, Europe, lnterregional & Global

A valuable index to UNDP Project Reports
An index on CD-ROM is provided along with the retrospective microfiche collection at no additional charge. Also available on a subscription basis for campus-wide use via the Internet is AccessUNDP (1972-1998). It indexes a finite collection of UNDP Project Reports issued and held by UN headquarters between the years 1972-1998. It also provides access to evaluative, technical and terminal reports (available in full-text on microfiche) submitted to the UN by numerous participating and executing agencies.

United Nations Documents

Complete UN documentation from its creation to the present
  • Provides microfiche coverage from the founding of the UN to the present day
  • Offers a valuable index to UN documents and publications, Access UN, on both CD-ROM and online
  • Makes acquiring and accessing comprehensive coverage of current and retrospective UN documentation easy

Established in 1945 by 51 countries, the stated purpose of the United Nations is to preserve peace through international cooperation. Today, the United Nations, worldwide in scope, consists of 191 member-nations. For researching international issues, United Nations documents and publications are often essential. While knowledgeable scholars expect comprehensive coverage, methods of acquiring and accessing current and retrospective UN documentation may be difficult. Readex has created solutions tailored to meet the needs of diverse researchers—from undergraduates to doctoral students to Model UN participants.

Three collections of essential UN documentation
Readex’s collections of United Nations Documents and supporting databases are available from the founding of the United Nations to the present time. These collections are ideal for researching international issues—from world hunger to world peace—and for gaining an understanding of international relations as they exist today given the events, issues and trends chronicled in retrospective portions of the collections. Readex provides United Nations Documents on durable, space-saving microfiche in three versions:

  • Comprehensive Collection—contains virtually every document, including “Limited” and “Restricted” documents, from the main UN bodies: the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Secretariat, Trusteeship Council and International Court of Justice.
  • Law Library Collection—features official records and working documents from five of the six principal organs (Secretariat publications are not included). Also included are documents from ad hoc and expert committees such as the International Law Commission and the UN Commission on International Trade Law.
  • The Abridged Collection—designed for smaller libraries, it includes mastheads and official records from the General Assembly (regular, special and emergency sessions), the Security Council, Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council and the International Court of Justice..

A valuable index to UN documents and publications 
Use of all collections is enhanced by the availability of effective retrieval tools. Regardless of the source of the documents, the index to United Nations Documents and other publications from Readex is a valuable resource. It is available both on CD-ROM and online. The online version of the index, titled Access UN, contains not only all citations included on the CD-ROM version, but also links to full-text documents residing at United Nations Websites. There are versions available of both CD-ROM and online indexes that cover current documents or historical collections.


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