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Finding Foreign and International Sources

This guide is intended to assist researchers with finding foreign and international sources.

United Nations Sources (BB Rule 21.7)

The United Nations (founded in 1945) is an international organization with 193 Member States. The UN consists of six main bodies: the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice, and the Secretariat

Please note that The Bluebook prefers citations to the Official Records, but also accepts masthead documents and documents from UN websites. The Official Document System (ODS) contains official, born-digital UN documents from 1993 to present, as well as selective coverage of older documents, including all resolutions of the principal organs, all Security Council documents, and General Assembly Official Records. The ODS does not provide access to sales publications, press releases, and other pre-1993 documents not yet digitized. 

For assistance with finding UN documents, please see the UN Documentation Research Guide: How to Find UN Documents

UN Official Document System (ODS)