What is the Official Document System?
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2015
The United Nations Official Document System (ODS) is an on-line database of UN documents.
It is possible to search the full-text of documents in the ODS.
If you have a document symbol, the ODS is often the quickest place to find the document.
It is also useful to find out if other documents cite a document of interest. For example, use the ODS to find if a certain report or previous resolution is cited by a subsequent resolution.
To search for a document by symbol, enter the symbol in the search box.
To search for documents that have been cited by subsequent documents, enter the document symbol.
Please note, in UN documents, resolutions are usually cited in the text by number, not by document symbol. Search for the portion of the document symbol after the /RES/.
Keep in mind that full text searching for keywords common in UN documents will return many hits (e.g. human rights, international law, peacekeeping, etc.). If you want to search by subject, try the Library's catalogue, UNBISnet.
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