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United Nations' (UN) system of documentation reflects the hierarchical and highly differentiated organizational structure of the UN system. The purpose of this chapter is to convey an understanding of the UN documentation system as gained by the author in several years of working directly with these materials in the reference service for UN documentation of the Dag Hammar-skjöld Library. The chapter presents the most important reference works covering the UN, provides definitions and document identifiers, describes different categories of documents as well as a variety of research tools, and identifies options for gaining access to UN documentation. It concludes with a list of internet addresses for selected UN documents collections found online.

Keywords: Dag Hammar-skjöld Library; United Nations (UN) documentation



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