History and Politics of Human Rights

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Vanessa Walker (Section 01)

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Once you have some background information on your topic (see the "Reference" tab, or readings from your syllabus), try searching the 5 College Catalog for relevant books. You might start by using the subject keywords, "Human rights" and then narrowing down with more specific topics or geographies.



    • Reference Universe
      Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.
    • Oxford Reference
      Digitized entries from Oxford's Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias, spanning multiple subject areas.
    Fagan, Andrew. The Atlas of Human Rights: Mapping Violations of Freedom around the Globe. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. Reference HV6322.7 .A87 2013  Catalog record
    Mikaberidze, Alexander, ed. Atrocities, Massacres, and War Crimes: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2013. Reference JC571 .F34 2010  Catalog record


    Primary Sources

    For general recommendations for finding primary sources (especially in a library catalog), see our "Primary Sources Research Guide". 

    • Congressional Publications
      Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.
    • Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
      Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.
    • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice (1490-2007)
      Thousands of pamphlets, books, paintings, maps and images documenting the varieties and legacy of slavery, the social justice perspective, and the continued existence of slavery today.