Agreements between countries can be called treaties, agreements, conventions, and protocols. Treaties can be bilateral (between two countries) or multilateral (between more than two countries).
This guide identifies sources for the text of treaties. The focus is on locating treaties and agreements to which the U.S. is a party, but several sources cover bilateral and multilateral treaties to which the U.S. is not a party.
Here are some questions to consider before you begin treaty research.
Many treaties are available online. Look for text on the websites of government agencies, international and nongovernmental organizations, and educational institutions--these are generally more trustworthy than other sites.
The Congressional Research Service created graphics illustrating the steps in the making of treaties and executive agreements.