Human Rights

Nancy Pelosi discusses the Tibetan human rights situation with the Dalai Lama.

This guide is designed to help you research information about human 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!
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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.

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Good Search Terms to use

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

New Books

Hay, Jeff, ed. Genocide and Persecution: Cambodia. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: DS554.8 .C355 2013

Berlatsky, Noah, ed. Genocide and Persecution: The Kurds. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: DS70.8.K8 K855 2013

Circulating Books

Moyn, Samuel. The Last Utopia: Human rights in history. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: JC571.M88 2010

Lauri S. Friedman, ed. Human Rights. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Print.
Call Number: JC571.H76845 2010

Hunt, Lynn. Inventing Human Rights: A history. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2007. Print.
Call Number: JC585 .H89 2007

Ignatieff, Michael, ed. American Exceptionalism and Human Rights. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005. Print.
Call Number: JC599.U5 A494 2005

Lauren, Paul Gordon. The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003. Print.
Call Number: JC571.L285 2003

Shattuck, John. Freedom on Fire: Human Rights Wars and America's First Response. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005. Print.
Call Number: JC599.U5.S49 2005


Prunier, Gerard. Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007. Print.
Call Number: DT159.6.D27P78 2007x

Steidle, Brian and Gretchen Steidle Wallace. The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur. New York: Public Affairs, 2007. Print.
Call Number: DT159.6.D27 S74 2007

The Holocaust

Poliakov, Leon. Harvest of Hate: The Nazi Program for the Destruction of the Jews in Europe. Westport: Greenhaven Press, 1971. Print.
Call Number: D810.J4.P614813

Niewyk, Donald L., ed. The Holocaust: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003. Print.
Call Number: D804.3.H648 2003

Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah. Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. New York: Vintage Books, 1997. Print.
Call Number: D804.3.G648 1997

Friedman, Saul S.. A History of the Holocaust. Portland: Valentine Mitchell, 2004. Print.
Call Number: D804.3.F755 2004


Barnett, Michael. Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003. Print.
Call Number: DT450.435.B38 2003

Rusesabagina, Paul. An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography. New York: Viking, 2006. Print.
Call Number: DT450.443.R87.A3 2006

Reference Books

Cartwright, Rita Cantos. Human Rights in the United States: A dictionary and documents. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2000. Print.
Call Number: REF KF4747.5 .C37 2000

Lawson, Edward, ed. Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis, 1996. Print.
Call Number: REF JC571 .E67 1996


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about human rights.

  • Newsweek
  • Time


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.
Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 21,000 articles mentioning "human rights", 3,200 articles mentioning genocide, 2,700 mentioning torture and 900 using "human rights" and war.

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.

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.

Web sites

There are many good [insert topic] 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, Cornell University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

General Human Rights:

Arab Spring

Artists and Liars Creative Responses to the Egyptian Revolution/ Dr. Heather Brown, Northeastern University




Open Access journals

Citing Sources: Style Guides

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Updated on 03/29/14 by Joy Singletary.