General Resources

Getting Started

Articles, Working Papers & Reports

The topic of human rights is highly interdisciplinary. You could find articles on human rights topics databases that cover a wide range of different disciplines. Some possible subject areas include public policy, gender studies, legal, criminal justice, sociology, economics and political science journals. Below is a short list of recommended databases for research on this topic.

To conduct a thorough search of all Harvard database subscription including regional studies databases such as Latin American/Hispanic studies click here and select the relevant subject and database type. Then click on Search to see a list of all database subscriptions.

Gender literature databases are treated separately in this guide and are grouped under the "Gender" tab. Legal articles are grouped in the "Legal Research" section of this guide.

Data & Statistics

Human Rights


Corporate Social Responsibility

Protests & Demonstrations

Legal Research

International Courts


Law Journal Databases

International Law Reference Resources

Think Tank Search

Think Tank Search

Search using Google conventions (i.e. putting quotation marks around phrases).

Inclusion Policy

Think Tank Search is a custom Google search of over 670 think tank websites. For the purposes of this search, think tanks are defined as institutions affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity. Inclusion is based upon the relevancy of subject area to HKS coursework and scholarship, the availability of the think tank’s research in full-text on the website, and the think tank’s reputation and influence upon policy making. The list represents a mixture of partisan and non-partisan think tanks.

Organization Reports & Other Publications

Search Engines

UN Publications

Government & Agencies


Human Trafficking

Selected Books

UN Agencies

Several UN agencies research, collect and publish information on human trafficking issues. Below are listed the major UN agencies that focus on this issue.

US Government Agencies

Non-Governmental Organizations

Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center of Public Policy


Harvard Kennedy School


Other Research Guides

Other Harvard Guides

The Harvard Law Library has several international law librarians. They have created specialized research guides that focus on human rights topics. Please note that certain databases referenced in these guides may be limited to the Harvard Law School community.  If you have questions about access to these databases, please contact the HKS Library.