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Exploring New Resources: Human Rights Studies Online


The Library has added a number of cool new electronic resources in the past few months. This weekly series will provide some ideas on how you can get the most out of them. Questions? Contact Paula Hammett hammett@sonoma.edu.

What is it?

Human Rights Studies Online provides comparative documentation, analysis, and interpretation of major human rights violations and atrocity crimes worldwide from 1900 to 2010. The collection includes primary and secondary materials, from official documents to eyewitness accounts to children’s drawings, on events in Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Darfur, and more than thirty additional subjects.  This collection includes books, documentary films, educational video programs, personal documents, and teacher guides on subjects which range from severe human rights violations; to war crimes; crimes against humanity; genocides; peace and conflict resolution; international intervention and prevention; human rights heroes; the media and human rights; the United Nations and human rights; and reconciliation and transitional justice.  

When should I use it?

  • You’re doing a paper on genocide in Darfur and want to get first person accounts.
  • You’re taking a class on the Holocaust and want to find more recent examples of “ethnic cleansing.”
  • You’re looking for examples of documents on “truth and reconciliation” programs from around the world.

An example:

Screen shot of a collection from Human Rights Studies Online shows the Children of Darfur Drawings, 128 pages from 2007.

A child's drawing shows an army marching up a road to a burning village. Soldiers shoot at the unarmed villagers.

Access this collection and the rest of our e-resources from the Library's A-Z list of article databases. For more on new e-resources, check out the rest of the series.