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Human Rights


General Resources

Print Reference Publications

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.

Legal Documents

International Courts


Law Journal Databases

International Law Reference Resources

Reports & Other Publications

UN Sites

Government & Agencies


Search Engines




Selected Books

Academic Sites

Non-Governmental Organizations

US Government Agencies

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.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Organizational Resources

Management/Board Ratings

Data & Statistics

Protests & Demonstrations


Human Rights

Corporate Social Responsibility

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 more than 600 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.

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.

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