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UNBIS is the primary bibliographic database of the United Nations. It was established in 1979 and offers access to the documentary output of the United Nations and to non-UN publications acquired by the Dag Hammarskjold Library in New York or the Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva. A new edition of the Thesaurus is available at:

The Language of the file is English. UNBISnet now includes links to the full text of a rapidly growing number of documents in the six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). Records for current General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Social Council documents are being linked directly to the UN Official Document System (ODS). Password for the ODS is not needed to use this UNBISnet facility.  For older documents available in ODS, consult with reference staff in GIMSS (2nd Floor of the IUB Main Library).

UNBIS is comprised of Bibliographic files, the Index to Speeches file, Voting Records, Full Text Resolutions, Document Series Symbol, UNBIS Thesaurus, and Name Authorities.

Indiana University-Bloomington serves as a depository for UN documents and holds most documents produced and distributed by the UN. For additional assistance contact the Government Information, Microforms and Statistical Services Department, C264 IUB Herman B Wells Library, 812-855-6924, email:


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  • Government Information: International Documents
  • International Studies

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United Nations--Bibliography--Catalogs.
United Nations Office at Geneva. Library--Bibliography-- Catalogs.
Dag Hammarskjold Library--Bibliography--Catalogs.