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Human Rights: Background information

Resources for the study of human rights.

Encyclopedias and handbooks



Encyclopedias and handbooks are excellent tools when you're starting a project. They provide useful background information, key terms, concepts, and references for further reading. 

Additional background tools


The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Because human rights is covered in many academic disciplines (e.g., geography, history, medicine, political science, psychology, and sociology), you will find books related to human rights issues throughout the Libraries.