Publications of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs)


Several libraries on campus, primarily Lehman, Business, and Butler, have IGO publications. You may also want to consult the following guides:

Check CLIO by title, subject, or issuing organization to locate other IGO publications not listed.

Check Pegasus for items in the Law Library.

Resources marked with this symbol are restricted to Columbia affiliates.


IGOs in General

IGO Web Search

This web search enables you to find information only from intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) such as the ones listed below. It utilizes 355 core IGO URLs.

  • Accidental Tourist on the New Frontier: an Introductory Guide to Global Legal Research.
    Littleton, Colo. : F.B. Rothman, 1998.
    K 85 .A27 1998
    A good, current source for the details of locating foreign and international documents: treaties, laws, regulations, etc., including web resources.
  • Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State
    The source for U.S. policy toward IGOs.
  • Directory of Economic, Commodity and Development Organizations
    Alphabetically, with links to their web sites: from the International Monetary Fund.
  • Encyclopedia of Associations. International Organizations. Annual.
    Detroit : Gale Research : 1956-
    HS 17 .En192
    Web version: Associations Unlimited
  • Global Governance: a Review of Multilaterism and International Organizations. Quarterly.
    Boulder, CO : Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., c1995-
    JX 1 .G58
    The articles in this scholarly journal all deal with IGO issues.
  • International Geneva Yearbook. Annual.
    Dordrecht ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff, 1988-
    JX 1995 .I524
    JX 1995 In778 - Law
  • International Information: Documents, Publications, and Electronic Information of International Government Organizations. 2nd ed. 2 vols.
    Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1997-2001.
    JZ 4850 .I58 1997
  • International Organizations Funding Directory : Grants and Projects Involving Non-governmental Organizations.
    London : Europa, 2004.
    JZ 4839 .I68 2004g
    Provides information on each major IGO and the projects which it funds in partnership with local, national or international NGOs. Includes full contact details and procedures for application for funding.
  • Mays, Terry M.
    Historical Dictionary of International Organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c2002.
    JZ 4850 .M39 2002
  • McDougall, Derek.
    Historical Dictionary of International Organizations in Asia and the Pacific.
    Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c2002.
    JZ 4850 .M38 2002
  • Morrison, Andrea.
    International Government Information and Country Information : a Subject Guide.
    Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004.
    Call Number: ZA 5050 .M67 2004
    An authoritative guide that offers a subject approach to the plentiful resources provided by international government organizations, national governments, and other foreign information sources. In addition to an overview section, 21 chapters cover rich resources of topical, statistical, and analytical information on agriculture and food; crime; health; human rights; laws and treaties; transportation; women and children; and more.
  • Peaslee, Amos Jenkins.
    International Governmental Organizations : Constitutional Documents. Rev. 3rd ed. 5 vols.
    The Hague : Nijhoff, 1974.
    JX 1995 .P42
    For each organization there is a summary of its origin, purpose, mission, etc.; the basic document(s) related to it; and often, a bibliography.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    The ProQuest Statistical database provides comprehensive access to statistical data. Many of the sources are linked to the full text of the data, although some state, private, and IGO sources are cited, allowing the researcher to then locate the statistical source on the internet or in the library, either in print or as part of the microfiche service which accompanies the printed index.
  • Schechter, Michael G.
    Historical Dictionary of International Organizations.
    Lanham, MD : Scarecrow Press, 1998.
    JZ 4838 .S34 1998
  • Schiavone, Giuseppe.
    International Organizations: a Dictionary and Directory. 5th ed.
    New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.
    JX 1995 .S34 2001g
  • Who's Who in International Organizations: a Biiographical Encyclopedia of More Than 14,000 Leading Personalities. 3rd ed. 3 vols.
    Munchen ; New Providence : K.G. Saur, 2000.
    CT 120 .W485 2000
  • Williams, Robert Virgil.
    The Information Systems of International Inter-Governmental Organizations: a Reference Guide.
    Stamford, Conn. : Ablex, c1998.
    JZ 4850 .W55 1998
    A comprehensive guide to IGOs, with a chapter on each, providing its background, structure, an overview of its information & publication system, internet access, documentations centers, bibliographic guides & indexes, statistical publications & indexes.
    International Inter-governmental Organization Web Page Finder: portion of the Williams book
  • World Factbook. Annual.
    Washington, D.C.: Central Intelligence Agency, 1981-
    G 122 .U58
    Contains International Organizations and Groups.
  • Yearbook of International Organizations. Annual.
    Brussels: Union of International Associations, 1967-
    JX 1904 .Y33

United Nations Sources


  • AccessUN
    AccessUN is an index to current and retrospective UN documents and publications, from the six main governing bodies of the UN. Full-text resolutions from the General Assembly, Security Council and Economic and Security Council are linked to their records.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    The ProQuest Statistical database provides comprehensive access to statistical data. Many of the sources are linked to the full text of the data, although some state, private, and IGO sources are cited, allowing the researcher to then locate the statistical source on the internet or in the library, either in print or as part of the microfiche service which accompanies the printed index.
  • United Nations Treaty Collection
    This collection includes five categories of treaty-related data:
    • Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General
    • The United Nations Treaty Series
    • Texts of Recently Deposited Multilateral Treaties
    • Photographs of Treaty Signature Ceremonies
    • Titles of the Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General in the UN official languages

  • Conferences, Meetings and Events
  • UN Documents
    Menu access to a selection of UN Documents from the General Assembly, Economic & Social Council, Security Council, Secretary-General, and Secretariat, as well as to all the UN databases: UNBIS, ODS, UN-I-QUE and UNTERM.
  • UN Peacekeeping Operations
    Very detailed information on one of the most prominent UN activities; includes maps of world operations and individual UN missions.
  • Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State
    A good source for U.S. policy toward the United Nations.
  • Global Policy Forum
    GPF monitors the global policy making process at the United Nations. It has addressed issues primarily in three areas: the UN Security Council and Council reform, the UN financial crisis, and social and economic policy at the global level.
  • Research Guide: the United Nations
    A straightforward guide to locating and using UN depository documents at the Columbia University Law Library.

You may also want to consult the online library guide, United Nations Resources, for detailed information about the UN and its agencies.


European Union Sources

  • Europa
    A European Commission service offering user-friendly and interactive information on the European Union's goals, institutions and policies, with links to all of the Union's component institutions and databases.
  • European Union Fact Sheets
    U.S. Dept. of State
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    The ProQuest Statistical database provides comprehensive access to statistical data. Many of the sources are linked to the full text of the data, although some state, private, and IGO sources are cited, allowing the researcher to then locate the statistical source on the internet or in the library, either in print or as part of the microfiche service which accompanies the printed index.

You may also want to consult the online library guide, The European Union, for detailed information about the UN and its agencies.