Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The United Nations' Yearbook Free-for-all

Since 1946, the Yearbook of the United Nations has remained a critically important publication for researchers of the international organization. The Yearbook provides a detailed history of the activities of the United Nations, arranged by topic and offering several useful appendices.

For decades, the Yearbook was available only in print (it can be found in the Law Library's Periodicals collection, Level 4), although a CD-ROM version was introduced in the 1990s. However, the United Nations announced last week that it has digitized the complete series of the Yearbook, and posted it for free at The online version allows researchers to browse or search all available issues of the Yearbook, which currently spans 1946-2005. International law researchers should bookmark this valuable free online resource.