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International Relations: Human Rights

Covers international law, institutions, theory of international relations, foreign policy, international political economy, environment, human rights, food security, national security.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

These are good places to get started with background on the issue as well as identifying additional sources and experts.

Encyclopedia of Human Rights - Reference  JC 571 . E673 2009 (5 vols.)

Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues Since 1945 -  Also available in Main Library Stacks JC 571 .L2749 1999

Encyclopedia of War Crimes and Genocide - Main Library Stacks  HV 6322 .H67 2011 (2 volumes)

Historical Dictionary of Human Rights and Humanitarian Organizations - Main Library Stacks JC 571 . G655 2007

International Encyclopedia of Human Rights: Freedoms, Abuses and Remedies - JC 571 .M3334 2000

Additional Research Guides

I utilized many of these sites in creating thhis site. These guides offer more pertinent sources. Note that some of the things they link to, are available only to their clientele.

Human Rights Documentation - From the UN Dag Hammarskjold Library

Human Rights Documentation Initiative - From University of Texas Libraries includes Websites, reports, audio, video, photographs on human rights struggles that are produced by individuals or small organizations who lack resources and opportunities for widespread distribution of their work.

Human Rights Law Research Guide - From the folks at the Georgetown University Law Library

Human Rights Research Guide - from Law Library at Columbia University

U.S. Government Sources

Human Rights Reports - country by country reports from the State Department

Financial Tracking Service - (tracking global humanitarian aid flows)  - the public interface for State Department Human Rights information)

US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor -


MSU Libraries are adding more and more video content. This includes DVDs and streaming video links that we purchase. Use the catalogue by typing your keywords and limited the search of material types to video/visuals. DVDs are housed in the Digital Media Center on 4 West and are generally available for a 7 day lending period.

Streaming videos can be viewed on your computer 24/7, assuming you have MSU access.

Courts and Tribunals

Journal articles

Political Science Complete. Provides full text for over 500 publications, and cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 1995 journals. The database also features more than 189 full-text reference books and monographs, and over 27,000 full text conference papers, including those of the International Political Science Association.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO). Indexes and selectively publishes post-1990 scholarship and reports on international affairs. Provides full-text access to relevant Columbia University Press titles and many recent journals, papers from university research institutes and non-governmental organizations, foundation-funded research projects, and conference proceedings. CIAO also has links to international affairs centers, institutes, and other resources; U.S., international, and foreign govenment sites; environmental studies web pages; and news media services.