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UNTERM: UN Multilingual Terminology Database
UN Correspondence Manual
UNTERM is a multilingual terminology database which provides United Nations nomenclature and special terms in all six official UN languages.
A guide to the drafting, processing and dispatch of official United Nations communications.
UNBIS Thesaurus
OECD Macrothesaurus
The multilingual UNBIS Thesaurus contains the terminology used in subject analysis of documents and other materials relevant to UN programmes and activities. 
Macrothesaurus for Information Processing in the Field of Economic and Social Development. Html version is available at
Chicago Manual of Style Online
This is editorial guidelines presented by the University of Chicago. Some of the features include:
  • Comprehensive updates reflecting the latest style and usage, technology, and professional practice
  • Expanded coverage of electronic publications, including procedures for proofreading web-based and other electronic documents
  • Electronic-editing checklist for editors and writers
The history of The Chicago Manual of Style spans more than one hundred years, beginning in 1891 when the University of Chicago Press first opened its doors. (New subscription as from 28 July 2010)
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Academic Edition
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Academic Edition is the only encyclopaedia the UNU Library subscribes as the most useful and authoritative English encyclopaedia for the UNU Community. Additional features include World Data, Notable Quotations, and Gateway to the Classics. Classics accessible by author. Britannica quick reference guide in PDF is available.
Yearbook of International Organizations
This database provides the most extensive coverage of non-profit international organizations available today and contains entries
on 60,000 civil society organizations in 300 countries and territories, in every field of human endeavour. The Yearbook also has a bibliographic dimension documenting international organizations’ publications and biographical dimension documenting executives’ biographies.
Oxford English Dictionary Online
The OED provides authoritative definitions of over 500,000 words. It traces the usage of words from their first recorded occurence to the modern period through 2.5 million quotations from a wide rang of international language sources. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and detailed listings of variant spellings. OED quick reference guide in PDF is available. *Note: For drafting and editing UN documents and publications, the authority for spelling and hyphenation in the United Nations is the 11th edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary published in 2004. Refer to "Editorial directive" dated 16 March 2005.
Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA)

The Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA) database provides access to intellectual property legislation from a wide range of countries and regions as well as to treaties on intellectual property. This service is provided by WIPO.

Japanese Law Translation
Promoting the translation of Japanese laws and regulations into foreign languages, this database system was created by the Japanese Ministry of Justice, which was based on the decision by the Task Force on Judicial Reform for the Cabinat in November 2004.
UNU Library, 1 September 2010