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International Documents Collection

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The International Documents Collection located on the 6th floor of the Dallas Central Library includes publications from the:

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
UNESCO International Labour Organization (ILO)
World Health Organization (WHO) International Monetary Fund (IMF)
European Union (EU)

Subjects include statistics, international trade and development, international economics and finance, human rights, environmental issues, disarmament, socio-economic development and handbooks in various agricultural, horticultural and animal production series. Included in the collection are periodicals, official records and the International Index to Statistics microfiche set from Congressional Universe (through 2003).

A number of useful links to international organizations are provided below, as well as links to the of U.S. Government offices whose concerns are mainly on international matters or on matters with an international component. International resources in the local area are also listed. Increasingly, official U.N. publications are available online. The U.N.'s online research guide is also useful. The Organization Chart of the United Nations System has links of agencies, programs, and funds within the UN. Looking for statistics? Type in the bar below to search through UN statistical databases.


International Resources from the U.S. Government

Federal agencies and publications with an international orientation are listed below. Topics include health, trade, customs, economics, human rights, adoption of children, foreign affairs, and certain security issues such as drug policy.






Other Resources

Publications & Statistics


Sub-Saharan Africa Governments Search Engine

The University of California Berkeley Library has compiled some useful sites for finding information on Sub-Saharan Governments and have a search engine that will pull up African government sites at the national level.

Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine

Search over 3,000 IGO websites, presented as a public service of the UIA and the Yearbook or browse through a list of IGOs.


Internationally Oriented Groups in Dallas

Check our Community Information Database for local groups by searching keywords such as, "International Interest", "Ethnic Interest", or "Refugee Services".


Metroplex academic programs with an international focus


Official Publications of the United Nations


UN and EU news sources

  • UN News Centre Provides up-to-date information on the activities of the UN and related agencies. The "In Focus" section gives in-depth information on current events such as peacekeeping efforts.
  • UN Chronicle Magazine Documents the activities of the United Nations, month-by-month in a readable format.
  • UNWire UNWire, an electronic newspaper published by the UN Foundation, compiles articles covering UN activities from newspapers around the world. First time users are asked to register with an email address and a password, but access is free of charge.
  • European Union — At a Glance Learn about the European Union.



  • Private International Law Database (U.S. Department of State) Maintained by the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law (L/PIL) at the U.S. Department of State. Provide full-text treaties in force for the United States, other international instruments, and information on current negotiations and projects covering the private international law of such areas as trade and commerce, finance and banking, trusts and estates, family and children matters, and international judicial assistance.  
  • Senate Treaty Documents (104th Congress–)  
  • Treaties and International Law ('Lectric Law Library)  
  • Treaties in Force A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States in Force as of January 1, 1999.  
  • 1999 Treaty Actions (U.S. Department of State)  
  • United States Senate Treaty Information Includes lists of treaties received, treaties on the executive calendar (i.e., reported on of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee), treaties ratified during the last month along with the text of the ratification resolution, and actions taken on treaties on the floor of the Senate during the last month.


United Nations System

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