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Human rights: primary sources

Finding "human rights" in the library catalog

Some strategies for searching the library catalog:

Subject searches

  • human rights [country]
  • human rights government policy
  • human rights history
  • war crime
  • civil rights [country]
  • women's rights [country]
  • genocide [country]

Keyword searches

  • "legal status" plus the name of a group of people will find materials on the history of the legal treatment of that group

Author searches

  • to find material by an organization, search for it as an Author

Primary sources for historical research

American History

World History

For media coverage of human rights, see:


To Brad Simpson, who compiled many of the resources listed in this guide.