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Human Rights

This guide contains library resources on Human Rights as well as links to internal and external sources on the topic, additional to sources on "Derechos Humanos" in Spanish.

Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Library’s Reference Collection includes subject-focused encyclopedias. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

The Reference Collection also includes a variety of other sources where you can find definitions, maps, statistics, and a multitude of facts.

Why not use Wikipedia? Since Wikipedia is an open-source resource, anyone (perhaps a subject expert, a non-expert, or even someone playing a prank) can create or edit a Wikipedia article. On the other hand, reference books go through an editing and often a fact-checking process, which lends a level of trustworthiness to the information provided.  

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information for Human Rights topics.

Recommended Subject-Focused Reference Resources

Dictionary of International Human Rights Law

Dictionary of the Holocaust: Biography, Geography, and Terminology

Reference Collection
One copy in Holocaust Resource Center (2nd floor)

Encyclopedia of Social Problems

Electronic Resource
Volumes 1-2

Encyclopedia of War Crimes and Genocide

Hate Crimes: A Reference Handbook

Main Collection

Historical Dictionary of Human Rights and Humanitarian Organizations

Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources

Reference Collection (First Floor)

Human Rights and the World's Major Religions

International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals: Text and Materials

The Wilson Chronology of Human Rights

Main Collection

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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