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Social Science electronic resources: International Organizations

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African Development Bank Offers information and full text documents on all aspects of the Bank's activities in 54 African countries.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Asia Development Bank ADB is a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific founded in 1966. Site includes research reports in full text and extensive statistical data.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Council of Europe Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout its 47 member states common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Council of Europe Legal Affairs - Site provides links to a full list of European Treaties and allows searching of the text, signatures, reservations, declarations and explanatory reports.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions Specific features available include summaries of current research projects linked to details of relevant publications and research personnel, publications catalogue with facilities for downloading, and current news items including the Foundations monthly newsletter Communique.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
European Insitute for Comparative Cultural Research

ERICart is an independent organisation which carries out comparative cultural research and cultural policy monitoring in co-operation with experts from over 40 European countries. Projects include:

This site is freely available on the Internet.

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European Union Access to Europa, the main server of the European Union, which provides links to the home pages of the Commission, the European Parliament, European Court, Eurostat, etc.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
  • Eurocat
    Combines bibliographic data from four online databases - CATEL (EU/EC documents and publications, including legislation), SCAD (similar publications of EC institutions), CELEX (the official database of EC law) and ABEL (the index to the Official journal L series). (Covers the period 1985 -2000, but includes earlier law still in force)
    [CD-ROM available from the enquiry desk for workstation 1]
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  • Eurolaw - Covers in full text all the Treaties of the EU; the Directives and Regulations; Proposed Legislation; Case Law; National Implementation Details; Parliamentary Questions and Information and Notices from the C series of the Official Journal.
    This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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  • European Sources Online - An online database which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on the issues of importance to European citizens and stakeholders. It provides access to thousands of expertly selected, well known and less well known websites, documents and publications from the EU and other international organisations, national governments, think tanks, stakeholder organisations, working papers etc, full text articles from authoritative news sources Financial Times and European Voice, plus bibliographic records to key academic textbooks and periodical articles, and a series of unique Information Guides compiled by the ESO Editorial Team.
    This is a subscription-based resource which can only be accessed from the reading room.
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  • European Union Information Available Online - An extensive list of useful links to contacts, institutions, news and other information relating to the European Union, both fee-based and available free on the Internet.  It covers contracts, grants and funding, history of the EU, legal databases and the legislative process, statistical information and online journals.
    This information is freely available on the Internet.
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EURYDICE NETWORK The Eurydice Network provides information on and analyses of European education systems and policies. The site offers thematic reports, facts and figures and key data series as well as Eurypedia which describes education systems throughout Europe.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Food and Agriculture Organization The site gives access to statistical databases, an online documents repository, the Library catalogue and a catalogue of its sales publicatioins.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • FAOSTAT - databases of food and agricultures.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) This site provides access to documents and information of and about the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), an organization that promoted international commerce and the reduction of trade barriers among member states from 1947-1994.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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International Labour Organization Free access to a range of databases covering Labour Administration, Labour Legislation, Labour Statistics, Vocational Training and Country Information.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Laborsta - Provides access to the Laborsta searchable database of labour statistics.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Social Security Statistical Databases. Comprises the Social Security Programmes and Mechanisms database which presents systems worldwide and the Social Security Expenditure database.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) e-Library Provides direct online access to full text periodicals, books, working papers and studies published by the IMF.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Online resource
  • IMF Data Explorer provides access to a wide variety of international financial and economic statistical Information including; International Finance Statistics (IFS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BOP), Direction of Trade Statistics (DTS) and Government Finance Statistics (GFS).
    This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Online resource
International Organization for Migration Makes a range of its publications available free online.
This site is available free on the Internet
Online resource
IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) IUCN is the world's oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,000 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN's work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. IUCN supports governments and NGOs to develop laws, policy and best-practice in environment and development.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • IUCN Global Policy Unit Resources including resolutions, recommendations policy papers and position papers.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • IUCN Science and Learning Resources promotes a samples of what is being published relating to IUCN’s Programme in addition to open access to conservation information, databases and tools to support conservation action.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • World Conservation magazine: Offers a quarterly article on a key conservation issue and invites comments and discussion from audience.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
  • Statistics - This site provides links by subject to bibliographic descriptions of the OECD's statistical publications. Free access to some frequently requested data is available.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • OECD iLibrary - OECD’s Online Library for books, papers and statistics published from 1998 to date and the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data.
  • This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Online resource
Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Provides a description of OSCE's structure and field activities and access to a virtual library containing documents, journals and decisions issued by various OSCE negotiating bodies from 1973 to the present.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Organisation of American States Site offers free access to full text of the Annual Report of the Secretary General from 2001/02, selected articlas from the Americas magazine from 1997, official documents including treaties, resolutions and declarations and a range of research papers.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Pan American Health Organization Offers country health profiles, full text of technical documents and access to a range of relevant databases.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
SUERF SUERF (Société Universitaire Européenne de Recherches Financières ) is a forum for the exchange of information, research results and ideas relating in particular to monetary, economic and financial problems. SUERF studies are available online in full text.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Full text of treaties relating to human rights and documents issued by both the charter-based and treaty based bodies.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Unesco Access to full text Executive Board documents from 1978, General Conference documents from 1983 and Resolutions and Decisions since 1946. Also features a range of statistical data.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Unicef The United Nations Children’s Fund website, offering statistical information on children worldwide and access to full text of major publications.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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United Nations Access to the UN’s free Internet site.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Access UN - Web-based Index to United Nations Documents and Publications, with links to full text of documents when available free on the Internet.
    This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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  • Audiovisual Library of International Law - The Audiovisual Library is a unique, multimedia resource which provides the United Nations with the unprecedented capacity to provide high quality international law training and research materials to an unlimited number of recipients on a global level. The Audiovisual Library consists of three pillars: (1) the Historic Archives containing documents and audiovisual materials relating to the negotiation and adoption of significant legal instruments under the auspices of the United Nations and related agencies since 1945; (2) the Lecture Series featuring a permanent collection of lectures on virtually every subject of international law given by leading international law scholars and practitioners from different countries and legal systems; and (3) the Research Library providing an on-line international law library with links to treaties, jurisprudence, publications and documents, scholarly writings and research guides.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • International Law - United Nations site giving access to the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, and the Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • UN Index - The current database of all United Nations documents and publications of the period. The data is bibliographic except for UN resolutions, which are in full text. This archival disc is received annually; for current material use access UN.
    [CD-ROM available from the enquiry desk for workstation 1]
CD-ROM resource
  • UN News Centre - Press releases from 1995 onwards with keyword and fielded search facilities
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
  • UNBISNET - Catalogue of UN publications and documents from 1979 and non-UN publications held in the collections of the Dag Hammarskjold Library. Will act as the gateway to the UN Optical Disk System. The UNBIS thesaurus is also available online.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • United Nations Official Documents System - Provides access to the full text of United Nations Parliamentary documentation and official records from 1992 and resolutions from 1946 to the present.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • United Nations Site Index - Provides links to websites of UN organisations, offices, programmes, specialised agencies, inter-agency bodies and autonomous organisations in alphabetical order of subject and organisation name.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • United Nations Treaty Collection - Includes full text of the UN Treaty Series, Dec. 1946-Apr. 2003, a collection of treaties and international agreements registered with the Secretary-General; full text of the earlier League of Nations Treaty Series, July 1920-Oct.1944; Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary General (as of 1st January 2006); and the Index to the UN Treaty Series.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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World Bank Information on the Bank’s research, policies and programmes in areas ranging from pensions to climate change, including many full text documents. Includes statistical data by country.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Global Economic Monitor - GEM provides daily updates of global economic developments, with coverage of high income- as well as developing countries. Daily data is provided for exchange rates, equity markets, interest rates, stripped bond spreads, commodity prices and emerging market bond indices. Monthly data coverage is provided for consumer prices, high-tech market indicators, industrial production and merchandise trade, etc. Quarterly data is available for GDP, current account balances, and budget balances. All data sets are updated each weekday to capture the latest available observations
    This site is freely available on the Internet
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  • PovertyNet - Poverty data and analysis.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • World Bank Data - A one-stop-shop offering free access to a range of datasets including Global Development Finance, World Development Indicators, African Development Indicators, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, Millennium Development Indicators.
    This site is freely available on the Internet
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  • World Bank E-library - an online, fully cross-searchable portal of over 4,000 World Bank documents. The collection consists of over 1,600 World Bank publications and over 2,400 Policy Research Working Papers.
    This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room. Access is password protected; please ask enquiry desk staff to log you in
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World Health Organisation Information on the WHO’s programmes, plus factual information on a range of diseases and their control, plus basic statistical indicators.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • The Weekly Epidemiological Record - The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) serves as an essential instrument for the rapid and accurate dissemination of epidemiological information on cases and outbreaks of diseases under the International Health Regulations and on other communicable diseases of public health importance, including emerging or re-emerging infections
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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World Trade Organisation Access to the WTO free website.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Documents Online -Over 100,000 searchable and browsable documents "of the World Trade Organization, including the legal texts of the WTO agreements" dating back to 1995, updated daily. Selected material is available for the period 1986 to 1994. The site is also available in French and Spanish, though not all documents are available in all three languages.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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