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This resouce guide was created in conjuction with The Center for Ethics, for the Spring 2004 series on Human Rights. The listed resources are meant to be a starting point for students and faculty in their study of human rights. Resources covered include library databases, reference materials, titles from the main collection, and websites. If you have any questions, or would like to add resources to this guide, contact David M. Oldenkamp, Social Sciences Reference Librarian.


Selected Reference Works

Bertucci, Mary Lou, ed. Encyclopedia of human rights, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis, 1996.
Ref 323.403 E56o

Boyle, Kevin and Juliet Sheen, eds. Freedom of religion and belief : a world report. New York: Routledge, 1997
Ref 323.442 B792f

Breslauer, S. Daniel. Judaism and human rights in contemporary thought : a bibliographical survey. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1993.
Ref 016.29638 B842j

Buergenthal, Thomas, Dinah Shelton and David P. Stewart. International human rights in a nutshell, 3rd ed. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 2002.
Ref 341.481 B928i

Devine, Carol, Carol Rae Hansen, Ralph Wilde, et al. Human rights : the essential reference. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1999
Ref 323 H918ri

Langley, Winston. Encyclopedia of human rights issues since 1945. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999
Ref 323.03 L283e

Osmanczyk, Edmund Jan and Anthony Mago. Encyclopedia of the United Nations and international agreements, 3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 2003
Ref 341.2303 O83e v.1-4

Rights of women : a guide to the important United Nations treaties for women's human rights, 2nd ed. New York: International Women's Tribune Centre, 1998
Ref 341.481 R571o


Finding Articles: Databases & Indexes

More relevant databases can be found at the Social Sciences Databases page: http://www.muhlenberg.edu/library/articles/databases/social_sciences.html
The online path to these database is: path: Finding Articles Databases & Indexes Social Sciences.

Specialized Databases

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service)
Top source for International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Affairs resources. Indexes select articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, statistical directories, 1972 to present. This is the primary database for locating articles on all apects of human rights.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Scholarly source for theory and research in international affairs. Includes working papers, conference proceedings, books, journals, policy briefs, maps and country data.

Sociological Abstracts (SocAbs)
Premiere sociology database. Subjects Covered: community development,, family and social welfare, women's studies and many human rights-related resources.

Contemporary Women's Issues (CWI)
Excellent source for locating articles on women and human rights.

General / Interdisciplinary Databases:

Lexis Nexis Academic Universe
Indexes and provides full-text of major national and international newspapers, newswires, select journals and magazines, and legal publications. Contains many resources relating to international law, including law reviews, legal news, and international legal materials.

OmniFile (WilsonWeb)
Multi-disciplinary database providing the complete content–indexing, abstracts, and full text–from eleven of Wilson's full-text databases, including the Index to Legal Periodicals--an excellent source for articles on human rights.

Academic Search Premier
Large and diverse database that covers most academic disciplines, including International Relations and Comparative Politics. Contains both scholarly and non-academic resources. Includes many articles in full text.


Subject Headings

Using these Library of Congress Subject Headings in your searches will help you obtain more relevant information from databases and the library catalog:

Primary Headings:

Human Rights
Human Rights Activists
Human Rights Advocacy
Human Rights Workers
Human Rights Developing Countries
Human Rights History
Human Rights International Cooperation
Human Rights Philosophy
Human Rights Religious Aspects
Human Rights Workers

Regions and Country Headings:

Human Rights Africa
Human Rights Arab Countries
Human Rights Asia
Human Rights Bosnia And Hercegovina
Human Rights Central America
Human Rights China
Human Rights East Asia
Human Rights Europe
Human Rights Europe Eastern
Human Rights Government Policy United States
Human Rights Islamic Countries
Human Rights Latin America
Human Rights Middle East
Human Rights United States


Selected Books from the Main Collection

General Human Rights

Brown, Seyom. Human rights in world politics. New York: Longman, 2000.
Main Collection: 323 B879h

Brownlie Ian and Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, eds. Basic documents on human rights, 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Main Collection: 323.4 885b, 2002

Bouvard, Marguerite Guzman. Women reshaping human rights : how extraordinary activists are changing the world. Wilmington, DE: SR Books, 1996.
Main Collection: 323.092 B782w

Brysk, Alison, ed. Globalization and human rights. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002.
Main Collection: 323.09 B916g

Donnelly, Jack. Universal human rights in theory and practice, 2nd ed. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003.
Main Collection: 323 D685u

Gillies, David. Between principle and practice : human rights in north-south relations. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press 1996.
Main Collection: 327 G481b

Keck, Margaret E. and Kathryn Sikkink. Activists beyond borders : advocacy networks in international politics. Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1998.
Main Collection: 322.43 K25a

Levesque, Roger J. R. Culture and family violence : fostering change through human rights law. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2001.
Main Collection: 345.7302555 L662c

Perry, Michael J. The idea of human rights : four inquiries. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Main Collection: 323.01 P464i

Rotberg, Robert I. and Thomas G. Weiss, eds. From massacres to genocide : the media, public policy, and humanitarian crises. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 1996.
Main Collection: 363.348 R842f

Schoenberger, Karl. Levi's children : coming to terms with human rights in the global marketplace. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2000.
Main Collection 338.7687 S365L

Welch, Claude E., Jr., ed. NGOs and human rights : promise and performance. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001
Main Collection 323 W439n

Religion and Human Rights

Goodman, Lenn E. Judaism, human rights, and human values. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Main Collection: 296.382 G653j

Harrelson, Walter J. The Ten commandments and human rights, Rev. ed. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1997.
Main Collection: 241.52 H296t

Keown, Damien V., Charles S. Prebish and Wayne R. Husted, eds. Buddhism and human rights. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon, 1998.
1 copy ordered for Main Collection on 01-22-2004.

Konvitz, Milton R., ed. Judaism and human rights, 2nd ed. New Brunswick, NJ : Transaction Publishers, 2001.
Main Collection: 296.382 K82j

Little, David, John Kelsay, and Abdulaziz A. Sachedina. Human rights and the conflict of cultures: Western and Islamic perspectives on religious liberty. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1988.
Main Collection: 291.1772 L778h

Mayer, Ann Elizabeth. Islam and human rights : tradition and politics, 2nd ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press ; London : Pinter Publishers, 1995.
Main Collection: 342.08509176 M468i

Regional Human Rights

Brand, Laurie A. Women, the state, and political liberalization : Middle Eastern and North African experiences. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.
Main Collection: 305.420956 B817w

Bauer, Joanne R. and Daniel A. Bell, eds. The East Asian challenge for human rights. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Main Collection: 323.095 B344e

Brito, Alexandra Barahona de. Human rights and democratization in Latin America : Uruguay and Chile. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Main Collection: 323.0983 B862h

Bouvier, Virginia M., ed. The globalization of U.S.-Latin American relations : democracy, intervention, and human rights. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.
Main Collection: 327.7308 B782g

Giraldo, Javier. Colombia : the genocidal democracy. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1996.
Main Collection: 323.4909861 G516c

Kent, A. E. Between freedom and subsistence : China and human rights. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Main Collection 323.490951 K37b

Kornbluh, Peter. The Pinochet file : a declassified dossier on atrocity and accountability. New York: New Press, 2003.
Main Collection: 983.065 K84p

Woodhouse, Diana, ed. The Pinochet case : a legal and constitutional analysis. Portland, OR: Hart Pub., 2000.
Main Collection: 345.42052 W889p


Selected Government Documents

Trexler Library receives approximately 25% of the materials published by the United States government. These are cataloged and can be identified using the Library's Catalog the same ways that books are identified.
Hint : Many government documents are published on the web. You can often find links to the online versions through the Library's Catalog.
Following the path Finding More Government Information. This page provides access to information at many levels of government--from the local to the international. It includes the homepages of specific government agencies, international organizations, and links to foreign governments.

Suominen, Kati. U.S. human rights policy toward Latin America [electronic resource].
Publisher Washington, DC : U.S. Institute of Peace, [2001]
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS27111
Govt Docs: Y 3.P 31:20/65 [Online Only]

United States. Congress. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. Human rights of the Romani minority : hearing before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Sixth Congress, second session, June 8, 2000. Washington, DC: U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [Congressional Sales Office], 2001.
Govt Docs: Y 4.SE 2:106-2-11

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. How do we promote democratization, poverty alleviation, and human rights to build a more secure future? : hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, second session, February 27, 2002. Washington, DC: U.S. G.P.O., 2002.
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS19769 Text version
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS19770 PDF version
Govt Docs: Y 4.F 76/2:S.HRG.107-300

U.S. human rights policy toward Africa. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2001.
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS15634
Govt Docs: Y 3.P 31:20/73 [Online Only]

United States. Department of State. Erasing history : ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Washington, DC: G.P.O., 1999
Govt Docs: S 1.2:K 84/2

United States. Department of State. Human Rights Country Reports.
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/hr/c1470.htm

Ward, Kathy. Advancing human rights and peace in a complex world [electronic resource]. Washington, DC : U.S. Institute of Peace, 2002.
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS19724
Govt Docs: Y 3.P 31:20/86 [Online Only]

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