|United Nations documents in SIBL's collection are
found in two large groups: a print collection arranged by Sales
publication numbers and a microfiche collection arranged
by UN Document symbols.
Sales number publications are available for
sale and are divided into categories. For example:
Sales number I contains General Information (Reference)
Sales number IIA covers Business, Economics
Sales number IIC covers World Economy
Sales number V covers International Law
Sales number XVII covers International BusinessA typical sales number
would be listed as E.87.XIII.4 where the E stands for English (the language
of publication), 87 is the publication year, XIII is the sales category
and 4 is the number within the category
If the sales number is not known and needs to be identified,
NYPL has kept together this material for the period 1947-1992
in XFB (United Nations. Publications. Sales)
- United Nations Publications Catalogue *R JX 1977.82.C7
(Latest ed. at McGraw Desk)
- UN-I-QUE (http://lib-unique.un.org/lib/unique.nsf)
- Index to United Nations Documents (Readex Database in the
Electronic Information Center)
To request an item falling in this period give the call
number as: XFB
author: United Nations
title: Publications. Sales.
Beginning with 1993 each sales publication has been separately
cataloged. Check CATNYP
United Nations materials on microfiche are usually either
legislative or administrative in nature and are arranged by
a series of letters and numbers that identify the issuing body
( a "document symbol").
Elements of the five principal United Nations organs, for
A/- General Assembly
E/- Economic and Social Council
S/- Security Council
T/- Trusteeship Council
ST/- Secretariat A typical document symbol item, for example, would be
listed as A/51/1379, where A stands for General Assembly, 51 is the Session
of the Assembly and 1379 is the specific document number
To find documents symbols, use indexes listed above.
To request this type of U.N. document give Readex
U.N. Microfiche as the call number and list the
item being request as A/51/1379.
Provide Readex Year for 1947-1980 period.
1947-1980 is filed by Readex Year (Alphanumeric system within year).
1981- is filed in a continuous alphanumeric sequence.