Model United Nations Research Tricks

Hello there, reader. I hope you and your family is doing well amidst this global pandemic. I am an avid MUNer, having been a part of 7 United Nations simulations as a delegate and 1 as an Executive Board member. Here, in this post, I bring to you some tricks to research better and easily for MUNs, or any other sort of debates, or research papers, in general. These will be more of logistic tricks, than absolute ones. Here we go :

The Google file filters

Most of the internet users today are unaware of the fact that their favorite search engine – Google – has an inbuilt file type filter (amongst others) to help streamline their searches. This is specially useful when trying to search for pre-made documents at the last minute. Here is how you can do that :

  1. Type in your search query. Here, I have searched for conflict resolution for the Israel-Palestine territory dispute.
Search as you normally would

2. Now, click on the settings option just underneath the search button.

3. Now, on the advanced settings page, scroll down, and then voila, use all the filters you want.

This is a very handy trick if you want to quickly get already made draft resolutions, position papers and other such documents, and save on some work ;p

Google Scholar

Google scholar is a sub-section of the overall Google search engine, which provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. The biggest advantage of using Google Scholar over the regular Google search engine is that only credible,  scholarly material is included in Google Scholar, according to the inclusion criteria: “content such as news or magazine articles, book reviews, and editorials is not appropriate for Google Scholar.” Technical reports, conference presentations, and journal articles are included, as are links to Google Books. Here is the link : Google Scholar

Using UN reports and documents wisely

Here, I will provide you with three inexhaustible resources which have a treasure trove of reports, resolutions and accounts :

  1. Reports of the Secretary-General
  2. Documents Archive
  3. Treaties Collection

These resources might seem naive, but when used properly, these can independently prove to be enough for your research.

Thank you for reading the entire thing out. If you found any of the above useful, do let me know in the comments below. If I get a positive response, I might make a part 2 for the same.


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