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Investigating Human Rights
Honor's Conference, November 2004

Originally compiled by Mary Kate Boyd-Byrnes, Lori Cimino, and Marilyn Rosenthal
Updated November 2014 by Robert Delaney


Human Rights research draws students into a variety of fields such as; history, political science, philosophy, literature, religion, international law, public policy, sociology and anthropology.

The library offers a wealth of resources for exploring the practical and philosophical issues, as well as the historic treatment of human rights.

Whether you want to track the development of human rights over time and in various societies, or study the impact of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Library is the best place to begin.

We'll guide you to specialized encyclopedias, periodicals, databases, and web sites, as well as our extensive book collection. From the basic to the scholarly, from general overviews to specific facts, dates, and events, it's all here in the Library.

Here's a sample menu of some selections waiting for you:

Reference Sources:

Dictionary of Genocide

Ebsco eBook Collection

Dictionary of Human Rights Advocacy Organizations in Africa

Ebsco eBook Collection

Documents on Fundamental Human Rights : The Anglo-American Tradition

Ref. JC 599.U5C46x

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Gale GVRL & HV6322.7 .E532 2005

Encyclopedia of Human Rights

Ref. JC 571.E673 2009

Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues Since 1945

Ebsco eBook Collection

Encyclopedia of Social Problems

Ebsco eBook Collection

Genocide and International Justice

Ref. HV6322.7.F74 2009

Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizens' Rights and Responsibilities


Great Events from History II: Human Rights Series

Ref. JC 571.G74 1992

A Handbook on International Human Rights Terminology

Ebsco eBook Collection

Human Rights and the World's Major Religions

Ref. BL65.H78H8595 2005

Human Rights in the United States : A Dictionary and Documents

Ebsco eBook Collection

Human Trafficking

Ref. HQ281.C85 2009

Lexicon of Human Rights

Ebsco eBook Collection

New Slavery : A Reference Handbook

Ref. HT867.B37 2000

The Statesman's Yearbook

Ref. JA 51.S7

Selected Library Databases:

The following are some of the databases you may find helpful when researching Human Rights issues. They are available through the Library's homepage.

Columbia International Affairs Online

See: Databases--Politics


See: Databases--Social Sciences

Black Newspapers

See: Databases--Ethnic

Academic OneFile

See: Databases--General

ProQuest Research Library

See: Databases--General

FIRST: Facts on International Relations and Security Trends

See: Databases--Government

Internet Sites:

Amnesty International


The official site of Amnesty International U.S.A., it includes information about the organization, on-line documents, contact data, and information on how to obtain all publicly-available Amnesty International documents and reports.

Human Rights Issues


"This section attempts to highlight some of the gross human rights violations, racial hatred, the effects of media suppression, distortion and bias, that still occur around the world -- - both near and far from home."

Human Rights Watch


Human Rights Watch is a coalition of a number of independent regional human rights groups. The website describes the organization, and catalogs human rights conditions by country and region.

International Council on Human Rights Policy


"The International Council on Human Rights Policy conducts applied policy research on issues that face organisations working in the field of human rights. The approach is international, multidisciplinary and consultative. The aim is to produce work of practical relevance."

United Nations


The UN is committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Its human rights law is one of its greatest achievements.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


(UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) "This site contains the most comprehensive collection of translations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948. Over 285 different language versions are available in HTML, PDF and graphical forms."

United Human Rights Council


"The United Human Rights Council (UHRC), works toward correcting the human rights violations of those governments who distort, deny, and delude their own history to disguise past and present genocides, massacres, and human rights violations. The UHRC is a organization whose collective of concerned citizens, include various community- based organizations and student associations of universities and colleges. The UHRC advances its goals and raises global awareness though grassroots mobilization, boycotts, community outreach, and education."

World Organisation Against Torture


"The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is the world's largest coalition of non-governmental organisations fighting against arbitrary detention, torture, summary and extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances and other forms of violence. Its global network comprises nearly 300 local, national and regional organisations, which share the common goal of eradicating such practices and enabling the respect of human rights for all."

Selected Periodicals on Human Rights:

Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law

Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Health and Human Rights

Human Rights

Human Rights and Human Welfare

Human Rights Quarterly

Human Rights Review

Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights

Security and Human Rights

Revised 11/4/14 by Robert Delaney

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