Skip to Main Content

Model U.N.

Research Tips

Follow these steps and use the research resources in this Library Guide to help you write your position paper and prepare for debate: 

  1. 1. Do some background reading on the country and culture you have chosen.

  1. 2. Continue with more background reading on the issue you have chosen.

  2. 3. Narrow your focus and do some further reading to find out what policies and actions have been taken by your country on the issue,  and the plans and possibilities for more policy work in the future.

  3. 4. Read up on the policies of other countries that will be debating the issue.


NOTE: If you come across an article that is not available as full text, you can send me an email with the bibliographic information and I will put in an Interlibrary Loan request on your behalf. I will contact you when the article arrives. Very often the article you have requested will be delivered in only a day or two - sometimes on the same day!

Countries and Cultures

Each of these searchable resources will give you a wealth of general, political, statistical, cultural, and geographic information about individual countries. Select your country from the alphabetical list.

  •   The World Factbook from the CIA

  • Country Profiles from IMUNA

  • Resources for African Countries from the U.N.


Committees and Topics

Model UN Committees, Topics and Background Guides.

A database of all the committees and topics, with a downloadable Background Guide for each issue. The Background Guides are comprehensive overviews of each topic, including research support, important documents, and citation help.

Remember to look at the footnotes, the Important Documents, and the Works Cited sections in each Background Guide for helpful additional resources.  

United Nations Committees