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United Nations Research Guide: Statistics

Key Resources

Statistical Resources from the United Nations

The UN Statistics Division provides a variety of information via its web site.

  • UNData
  • Comtrade provides trade data from 1962 - present. "Every year over 130 countries provide the United Nations Statistics Division with their annual international trade statistics, detailed by commodity and partner country."

Two print publications stand-out:

Most United Nations statistics are published by the Secretariat. They are well-indexed by the Index to International Statistics (IIS). Published since 1983, IIS indexes the publications of international organizations and reproduces them in microfiche. The index is available in print (fAI1 .I49 [Main Reference]). IIS is also available electronically through ProQuest Statistical Insight. The corresponding microfiche collection is located in the Main Library Media Services. In 1982 the UN published the first volume of a projected two-volume set called the Directory of International Statistics (fHA36 .U5 1982), providing a detailed guide to the data, frequency and time series tables available in the various UN statistical publications.

Many annual statistical titles are made available to the University of Iowa through its depository relationship with the United Nations. These are accessible via InfoHawk+.

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