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Human Rights Resources: Introduction

Human Rights Search Engines

HuriSearch.  Custom search engine providing "one point access to all human rights information published by human rights organizations worldwide." From Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International.

What Convention? This search engine will help you find your issue or human right in the Human Rights conventions, treaties, etc where it is located.

Connecting from Off Campus

You can access UCB Library resources from off campus using one of two simple methods:

Proxy Server
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

Online Reference Sources

Amnesty International Annual Report.  In addition to the annual report, AI produces country and topic specific reports. The AI USA  office also offers access to additional reports.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.  Annual report on human rights practices worldwide from the United States Department of State. 

CQ Researcher. Great source for undergraduate paper topics: provides background, chronologies, literature reviews, and contemporary developments on key political and economic issues, including human rights. 

Oxford Bibliographies. Great way to deal with information overload: here are lists of good books in the areas of international law and international relations, including human rights.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Includes major figures, organizations, human rights events and crises, and norms.

Human Rights Watch World Report.  Summarizes human rights conditions from around the world. Includes useful reports available on related topics, e.g. child labor, migration, refugees, etc. 

Routledge Politics and International Relations Online.  Includes the Encyclopedia of The United Nations and International Agreements the Routledge Encyclopedia of Human Rights.

Catalogs and Search Engines

Start Your Search.    Books, ebooks, journal articles, JSTOR, and other content rolled into one integrated library platform.  Does not include content from many business databases, numeric data, and content from Proquest.

Google Scholar. Functions as both a key word database for articles and books. It automatically connects to select licensed content held by the UC libraries.

Oskicat. UC Berkeley libraries catalog. Includes records for most UCB library materials, including books, e-books, journal and e-journal titles, films and videos, maps, archival materials, and much more. See also the Quick Guide to Oskicat and Oskicat Tutorial.

Google Books. Search the text of the books, view previews from books still in copyright, and read the full text of out-of-copyright books. To read the text of a copyrighted book, use find in a Library link to locate the book at UC Berkeley or search

Melvyl. Catalog for all UC Campus libraries, including selected libraries on campus not in Oskicat, e.g. the Boalt Law Library.

The Universal Declaration

Youtube Upload by the Human Rights Action Center. Created by Seth Brau. Produced by Amy Poncher. Music by Rumspringa, Courtesy Cantora Records

Sample Human Rights History Books

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