Government Information: International Organizations

by David Michalski – December 14, 2021

This guide will point you to a selection of specialized resources that will help you find research published by intergovernmental organization such as the United Nations and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Should you have questions or need suggestions on where to start your research you can email the UC Davis research librarians at

David Michalski

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In this Guide:

An intergovernmental organization or international governmental organization (IGO) is an organization composed primarily of sovereign states (referred to as member states), or of other intergovernmental organizations. Intergovernmental organizations are often called international organizations, although that term may also include international nongovernmental organization such as international nonprofit organizations or multinational corporations.

The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation.

The UN Charter stipulates that each primary organ of the UN can establish various specialized agencies to fulfill its duties. Some best-known agencies are the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, founded in 1960 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.

The University Library collects documents from the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. While the University Library has legacy collections of IGO in paper copy, a large number of our current IGO collection is available through online subscriptions or databases.  IGO documents both in paper copy and online are represented in the University Library catalog.