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Print Reference Publications

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Encyclopedia of Human Rights - David P. Forsythe (Editor)  Icon
Call Number: Ref JC571 .E673 2009
ISBN: 9780195334029
Publication Date: 2009-08-11
Winner of the 2010 Dartmouth Medal, this major five-volume encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history.

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Human Rights in the United States - Laura Mars-Proietti (Editor); Rita Cantos Cartwright (Editor)
Call Number: HKS Ref KF4747.5 .C37 2011
ISBN: 9781592372904
Publication Date: 2010-12-15
This resource surveys the legal protection of human dignity in the United States, examines the sources of human rights norms, cites key legal cases, explains the role of international governmental and non-governmental organizations, and charts global, regional, and UN human rights measures

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Lexicon of Human Rights - Cedric Viale (Editor)  Icon
ISBN: 9789004165847
Publication Date: 2008-08-29
Contains terms often found in international human rights instruments along with definitions.

Articles, Working Papers & Reports

The topic of human rights is highly interdisciplinary. You may find articles on human rights topics in a variety of databases that cover different disciplines. Some possible subject areas include public policy, gender studies, legal, criminal justice, sociology, economics or political science journals.

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

  • Criminal Justice Abstracts  Icon
    Coverage of U.S. and international criminal justice journal articles from 1968-present.
  • EconLit  
    EconLit is a comprehensive indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world's economic literature, produced by the American Economic Association. It includes coverage of over 600 journals as well as articles in collective volumes (essays, proceedings, etc.), book reviews, dissertations, and working papers.
  • International Political Science Abstracts  
    International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA) is produced by the International Political Science Association and provides abstracts of political science articles published in scholarly journals and yearbooks worldwide. Topics include method and theory; political thinkers and ideas; political and administrative institutions; political processes; international relations; and national and area studies. Articles in languages other than English are abstracted in French, with all titles in English.
  • JSTOR Political Science  
    JSTOR ( Political Science is a digital library of full-text articles that are published in political science journals.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service
    This service of the U.S. Department of Justice includes full-text publications and the NCJRS Abstracts database with summaries of over 200,000 items. Free
  • NCJRS abstracts database  
    This paid subscription provides full-text access to the articles found in the public NCJRS Abstracts site.
  • Left Index Online  
    Provides access to the diversity of literature on the political left from 1982 to the present. Topics covered include politics, economics, the labor movement, ecology and environment, women's studies, race and ethnicity, social and cultural theory, sociology, art and aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law, gender studies and globalization.
  • LexisNexis Academic  
    LexisNexis Academic provides access to legal publications and news information sources, including: newspapers, newsletters, magazines, trade journals, wire services, and broadcast transcripts.
  • PAIS International and PAIS Archive  
    PAIS International indexes the public and social policy literature of public administration, political science, economics, finance, international relations, law, and health care. Includes abstracts of thousands of journal articles, books, directories, conference proceedings, government documents and statistical yearbooks.
  • ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection  
    Index and full text databases on the social sciences, including politics, sociology, education and criminal justice topics.
  • Sage Complete  Icon
    Includes collections of sociology, political science and criminology journals that include human rights topics. To access journals, browse the journal list by subject selecting topics such as "criminology" and "criminal justice."
  • Sociological Abstracts (1963-)  
    A core resource for researchers, professionals and students in sociology, social planning and policy and related disciplines. Sociological Abstracts provides access to over 1,800 journals, relevant dissertations, selected books and book chapters and association papers, as well as citations for book reviews and other media. Coverage from 1963 to present with abstracts available from 1973.
  • Urban Studies Abstracts  
    Urban Studies Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to urban studies, including crime, urban violence, police departments, victims, and other area relating to criminal justice.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975-)  
    Indexes the international serials literature in political science and its related fields, including international relations, law, and public administration, and policy.

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