ENG240: Modern Novel

Professor Nancy Teel

Eleanor Roosevelt and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights

Current Theme: Human Rights

This guide is designed to help you research Modern Novel topics. 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.
  • William Hoag: Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this guide or research.



The on-line 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 BPL)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

Use specific title or author when searching, example 1: "Schlink and literary criticism", example 2. "The Reader" and literary criticism". We have whole books in our collection dedicated to literary criticism of specific authors or books. You can also use a subject search such as "Edwidge Danticat"
  • The Reader
  • Dreaming in Cuban
  • Middle Passage
  • In the lake of the Woods
  • The Farming of Bones

Human Rights
  • "Human Rights"
  • "Genocide"
  • "Human Rights" and war
  • "Torture"

Reference Books

Black Literature Criticism, Detroit : Gale Tresearch Co., 1992-. Ref. PS153.N5 B556 1992
Literary Cultures of Latin America : a comparative history, New York : Oxford University Press, 2004. Ref. PQ7081.A1 L525 2004
The Cambridge of African and Caribbean Literature, Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004. Ref. PN841 .I74 2004

Human Rights
Amnesty International Report 2003, Ridgefield Park, NJ : Amnesty International Publications, 2003. Ref. JC571 .A45 2003
Human Rights in the United States : a dictionary and documents, by Rita Cartwright, Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, 2000
Ref. KF4747.5 .C37 2000
Encyclopedia of Human Rights, compiled by Edward Lawson, Washington, DC : Taylor & Francis, 1996. Ref. JC571 .E67 1996


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodical section for articles about human rights.
  • Contemporary Literature
  • New Internationalist: a journal for global justice. Human rights a frequent topic.
  • Newsweek
  • Time


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


Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Centerâ„¢ is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. This is the best place to start.

Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

Contemporary Literary Criticism

CLC is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors.

Literature Reference Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Human Rights

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study, including over 21,000 article mentioning "human rights", 3,200 articles mentioning genocide, 2,700 mentioning torture and 900 using "human rights" and war.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

Expanded Academic ASAP

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. This database has over 17,000 full text articles mentioning "human rights", 2,500 mentioning genocide, 2,500 mentioning torture and 1,300 using "human rights" and war.

Campus Research

Allows access to a wide range of full-text newspapers as well as business, legal, and reference sources.

Streaming Video

UN Declaration of Human Rights (02:50)

Heart of Darfur: Fighting an International Humanitarian Crisis (57:00)

Return to the Heart of Darkness (23:00)

Web sites

There are many good Human Rights web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites


IPL 2 Online Literary Criticism CollectionLiterary Resources on the Net: Another very nice directory of resources.PAL: Perspectives in American literature: Great place to start to find out information on authors works.Voice of the Shuttle: (Literature in English)

General Human Rights:

Amnesty International
Human Rights Documentation Center
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch
United Nations Human Rights
U.S. Department of State- Human Rights


Darfur: a genocide we can stop
Darfur Consortium
Darfur Information Center


Holocaust: crimes, heroes and villains
Simon Wiesenthal Center
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Frontline: triumph of evil
Human Rights Watch- Rwanda
Never Again

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style TutorialDuke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works CiteLaguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 9/16/2009 by William Hoag
Updated on 04/10/10
Updated on 10/31/11