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HIS 1597G: Human Rights in History

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Library Resources
Booth Library has a large collection of learning resources to support the study of the history of Human Rights by undergraduates, graduates and faculty. The materials are held in the reference collection, the main book holdings, the journal collection and the online full-text databases. Books and journal articles from other libraries may be obtained using interlibrary loan.

A list of selected works on the history of human rights that are held by the library can be found here.
Reference Books
Reference materials help students get started with their research by providing a brief overview of the subject. Types of reference materials include encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and companions. Booth Library has reference materials in print and electronic formats.

Link to reference materials in electronic format here.

Reference books are located on the 3rd floor (north) and can be found by searching the EIU Library Catalog.

Examples of reference books related to the history of Human Rights:

Encyclopedia of Human Rights in the United States … REF KF4747.5 .C37 2011
Human Rights in the United States: A Dictionary and Documents … REF KF4747.5 .C37 2000
Historical Dictionary of Human Rights and Humanitarian Organizations … REF JC571 .G655 1997
Browsing for books on Human Rights history
Books in Booth Library are shelved by call number. Browsing for books can help familiarize you with the collection. Books may be borrowed using your Panther Card.

To find books on the history of Human Rights, browse the shelves in these call numbers for the following subject areas:

D731-838 World War II (1939-1945)
DC139-249 Revolutionary and Napoleonic period, 1789-1815
DS173-195.5 Armenia. History
JC571-605 Purpose, functions, and relations of the state
K3224-3278 Law. Individual and state
JX 1901-1995 International organization, etc.
KF Law of the United States
Searching the EIU Library Catalog
To find books, ebooks, videos, and other materials held in the library use the EIU Library Catalog

To search the catalog enter search terms in the search box and use the drop box to narrow the search. 

The search results may be narrowed by using the limiting tools on the right hand side of the page.

Click on the item title to bring up the bibliographic record. The item's location, call number, and status are needed to find it in Booth Library.

Article Databases for History

Journal and magazine articles on the history of Human Rights may be found by searching the library's collection of databases. All databases are accessible from off campus by logging-in with your EIU netID and password. Link to the History databases here.

The leading History databases for the study of Human Rights are:

America: History and Life (peer reviewed articles, some full-text articles, United States History, Pre-Colonial Era to Present) 

Historical Abstracts  (peer reviewed articles, some full-text articles, world history)

Other databases useful for research on the history of Human Rights are:

Academic Search Complete (full-text articles, broad subject coverage including History)

JSTOR (peer reviewed articles, full-text articles, broad subject coverage including History)

Project Muse (peer reviewed articles, full-text articles, broad subject coverage including History)

Primary Sources
Primary sources are contemporary documents that are associated with the historical event. Examples of primary sources include diaries, letters, magazine and newspaper articles, court hearings, and government documents. A guide to further information on primary and secondary sources can be found here.

To find primary sources on the history of Human Rights in the print format search use the EIU Library Catalog. Link to the library catalog here.

Examples of primary souces in the Booth Library collection are:

Foreign Relations of the United States … Stacks JX233 .A3
Human Rights Reader: Major Political Essays, Speeches, and Documents from Ancient Times to the Present … Stacks JC571 .H7699 2007

Booth Library also has several historical newspaper and magazine databases that provide access to primary sources. Link to the History databases here and the newspaper databases here.

Examples of the library's historical and magazine databases useful for the history of Human Rights are:

Chicago Tribune (Historical) (full-text articles, 1849-1990)

London Times (full-text articles, 1785-1985)

New York Times (Historical) (full-text articles, 1851-2010)

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