Model United Nations Research Guide

Information Sources


Paige Tan

UNC Wilmington


This is an evolving guide designed to help you find information on your country/issues for our Model United Nations simulation experience.

On Your Country:

Specifics for your country:

Your country's foreign ministry website. Find via the US Institute of Peace   

Your country’s mission to the United Nations. Find via the UN at  

Your country’s president/prime minister site (check especially speeches).  Just google “president france” to find the official Sarkozy website!!

Pronunciation guide for leaders and officials of your country.  See (choose your country and find a list of important individuals).

Your country's voting record at the United Nations

General country information resources:

BBC Country Profiles

CIA World Factbook

Economist magazine Country Briefings

European Governments Online (from the EU)

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute military databases      

US Department of State 

US Department of State Background Notes

World Bank 

World Wide Web Virtual Library (WWWVL) International Affairs Resources

Find newspapers from inside your country.  One way is the general internet resource: Lexis-Nexis also allows you to search within newspapers from your country. Choose the sources tab, then find newspapers from your country and use your search term.

On Your Issues:

Web resources:

Amnesty International


Carter Center

Chatham House

Council on Foreign Relations

Foreign Policy in Focus

Freedom House

Global Issues

Global Policy Forum

Global Security

Human Rights Watch

International Crisis Group

United Nations (Official)  

United Nations Basic Facts

United Nations Issues

United Nations News

UN Chronicle

Voting Practices at the United Nations from US State Department

Library journal databases: 

Check the library's journal databases CIAO, Ebscohost, JStor, Project Muse, Blackwell Synergy, Sage Journals, PAIS International, Opposing Viewpoints, and Lexis-Nexis among others. Especially good scholarly journals include: American Political Science Review, Current History, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Human Rights Quarterly, International Organizations, International Security, Journal of Democracy, Perspectives on Politics, Survival, and Third World Quarterly, The Washington Quarterly, and World Politics.  Be aware that if your research involves an issue of health or environment, you might have luck, if you search the databases in those disciplines.

Librarian Beth Kaylor provides the following links for our class. See, the class page at:  See also, for investigating country-specific resources:  The Public and International Affairs research guide is at  Contact Ms. Kaylor at kaylorj[at]

September 21, 2010

Author: Paige Tan,