This guide is designed to help you research information about animal rights. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

  • RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.



The online catalog provides access to the library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Helpful Search Terms:

  • Animal Rights
  • Animal Liberation
  • PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
  • ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
  • Animal Rights and Fur
  • Animal Testing
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Factory Farms

New Books

Newton, David E. The Animal Experimentation Debate. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HV4915 .N49 2013

Circulating Books

Gruen, Lori. Ethics and Animals. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Print.
Call Number: HV4708 .G78 2011

Sanbonmatsu, John. Critical Theory and Animal Liberation. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011. Print.
Call Number: HV4708 .C75 2011

Hile, Kevin. Animal Rights. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2004. Print.
Call Number: HV4708 .H55 2004

Best, Steven and Anthony J. Nocella, II. Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals. New York: Lantern Books, 2004. Print.
Call Number: HV4930 .T47 2004

Guillermo, Kathy Snow. Monkey Business: The Disturbing Case that Launched the Animal Rights Movement. Washington, D.C.: National Press Books, 1993. Print.
Call Number: HV4926 .P46 G85 1993

Irvine, Leslie. Filling the Ark: Animal welfare in disasters. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HV4708 .I78 2009
Regan, Tom, ed. Animal Sacrifices: Religious perspectives on the use of animals in science. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986. Print.
Call Number: BL439.5 .A55 1986
Bauer, Gene. Farm Sanctuary: Changing hearts and minds about animals and food. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. Print.
Call Number: SF140.S62B38 2008

Reference Books

Bekoff, Marc, ed. Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: HV4708 .E53 2010 v.1-v.2

Yount, Lisa. Animal Rights. New York: Facts On File, 2004. Print.
Call Number: HV4708 .Y84 2004

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Animals as Persons
Francione, Gary L. Animals as Persons. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. Web.

Making a Killing: the Political Economy of Animal Rights
Torres, Bob. Making a Killing: the Political Economy of Animal Rights. Edinburgh: AK Press, 2007. Web.

Just a Dog: Understanding Animal Cruelty and Ourselves
Arluke, Arnold. Just a Dog: Understanding Animal Cruelty and Ourselves. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006. Web.

Do Animals Have Rights?
Hills, Alison. Do Animals Have Rights?. Thriplow: Icon, 2005. Web.

For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States
Beers, Diane L. For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States. Athens: Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 2006. Web.

Ethics and the Beast: A speciest argument for animal liberation
Zamir, Tzachi. Ethics and the Beast: A speciest argument for animal liberation. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. Web.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about animal rights.
  • National Geographic
  • Time
  • US News & World Report
  • Scientific American


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 500 peer reviewed, full text articles mentioning "animal rights", and over 1,000 articles mentioning "animal welfare."

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Here you can find articles written from different viewpoints on the subject of animal rights.

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. A search for "animal rights" yields over 500 full text articles.

Issues & Controversies

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. A search for keywords "animals rights" yields over 100 reference articles.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Furs): A Stitch in Time (13 minutes)
Fur is a necessity in Alaska and a luxury item in New York City. A king’s ermine signifies power, while a 1930s movie star, dripping in white fox, exudes sex appeal. Yet ever since the ’60s, fur lovers have found themselves in the crossfire of a heated debate over animal rights. The history of fur is about much more than just fashion.

Biomedical Advances and Animal Testing (3:34 minutes)
In order to insure that new treatments created by biotechnology are safe for use in humans, they must go through a battery of tests. Animal testing is fundamental to biomedical research.

Animal Minds (29 minutes)
The question of animal intelligence has been debated for centuries. In recent years, science has come closer to proving that animals think and feel—perhaps not at the level of humans, but in ways that are nevertheless authentic. This classic program brings viewers into the midst of eye-opening zoological, neurological, and psychological research, revealing what many scientists believe to be cognitive abilities in animals. These include communication, creativity, cooperation, deception, and even self-awareness. The result is an exciting teaching tool that challenges traditionally held beliefs about animal minds. A National Geographic Production.

Web sites

There are many helpful web sites about animal rights. The web sites listed below have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has an informative guide.

International Fund for Animal Welfare

The International Fund for Animal Welfare is a global organization for animal welfare. is an online activism platform for social change that raises awareness about important causes and connects people to opportunities for powerful action.


The American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) is the first non-profit animal advocacy and educational organization in the United States dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing, and education.


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was established in 1980 and its goal is to defend the rights of all animals. The website includes information on current issues, videos, literature and campaigns.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

These resouces will help you to correctly cite any sources you use in your research.

APA Style Tutorial

Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style

The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide

The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 1/24/11 by Becky Ferris []; Updated on 5/22/13 by Mallory Wilson []; Updated on 03/13/2014 by Katie Bliss.