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Library Resources on Human Rights:
Latin America and the Caribbean

This selective bibliography contains citations to both governmental and non-governmental materials held in the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries. While the list emphasizes recently published material, older works, of course, are always valuable for historical perspective and overview, and can be located by using the UW Libraries Catalog.

I. UW Libraries Catalog: Information Gateway

Find It: UW Libraries Catalog
Title, author, keyword searching for monographs, videos, web sites, periodicals and journals held by the Libraries.

Find It: Databases & Catalogs
Title, author, keyword searching for for newspaper, periodical and journal articles, government and non-government reports, gray literature, book chapters, etc. The following databases may be useful for focused human rights research.

  • ABI/INFORM Global
    Business and finance magazines and journals.
    Covers United Nations publications published from 1966 to date.
    Information from a wide range of medical and health resources concerning AIDS and related topics.
  • Anthropological Index Online
  • Anthropological Literature
  • Biblical Studies
  • Contemporary Women's Issues
  • Current Issues Sourcefile (CD-ROM Library Network)
    Includes alternative sources, gray literature in full text.
  • EconLit
  • EHRAF Collection of Ethnography
    And see the microfiche collection; this set provides anthropological reports, books, unpublished materials, etc. from first contact sources.
  • Expanded Academic Index
    A general periodicals and scholarly journals index.
  • Geobase
    Environmental Issues
  • Global NewsBank
    Newspaper articles on international topics; includes selected indexing of the foreign press.
  • Handbook of Latin American Studies
    Multidisciplinary bibliography of sources on the social sciences and humanities.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Index to scholarly journals.
  • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
  • LegalTrac
    Covers all major law reviews and other legal publications, including international law sources.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe
    Major full-text news resource, including national and international sources, Spanish language files, wire services, trade journals, etc. Not comprehensive for Latin America.
  • Literary Index
    Search for authors by nationality, retrieve citations to biographical and critical materials.
  • Marcive Web Docs
    U.S. document citations from 1976 to the present.
  • Medline
    The resource for medical abstracts.
  • Military Education and Research Libraries (MERLN)
    See what the U.S. military research libraries collect.
  • MLA Intl. Bibliography on the Books & Articles of the Modern Languages & Literatures
    The source for literary criticism citations.
  • National Newspapers
    Major U.S. newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Atlanta Journal/Constitution.
  • National Security Archive index on CD-ROM
    From the Making of U.S. Policy series, including major holdings on Nicaragua, El Salvador, The Cuban Missile Crisis and The American Intelligence Community, 1947-1989.
  • PAIS International
    Excellent citation index to a mix of governmental and non-governmental articles focusing on issues of public policy.
  • Popline
    Governmental and non-governmental citations to a variety of demographic information.
  • ProQuest Medical Library
    Over 200 medical journals.
  • PsycInfo
    Indexes articles in the field of psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, anthropology, etc.
  • Research Library Periodicals
    Wide range of periodicals, from popular to scholarly. Some full text.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
    Major social sciences index including international materials.
  • Statistical Universe
    Comprehensive index of governmental, non-governmental statistical resources.
  • Tropical Forestry; Tropical Forest Conservation and Development: A Bibliography
    For environmental and human rights issues.
  • U.W. Law Library
    Legal resources, law reviews, etc.
  • World News Connection (WNC)
    Excellent source of full text news reports from foreign sources---newspapers, broadcasts, foreign government statements, all in English.

II. General Bibliographies, Directories, Guides and Handbooks

A Dictionary of Human Rights, David Robertson. London : Europa Publications, 1997. Excellent resource for understanding the terminology that describes human rights issues.
Suzzallo Reference K3239.3 .R67 1997

Encyclopedia of Human Rights, [compiled by] Edward Lawson. Washington, DC : Taylor & Francis, 1996. Provides overviews to the significant human rights issues in each country, defines terms, describes organization of interest in human rights research. Start here.
Suzzallo Reference JC571 .E67 1996

Encyclopedia of Human Rights Issues since 1945, Winston E. Langley. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
Suzzallo Reference JC571 .L2747 1999

Genocide: a Critical Bibliographic Review, Israel W. Charney and Alan L. Berger. New York : Facts on File Publications, 1989-.
Suzzallo Reference Z7164 G45 G45 vol. 2 and 3

Human Rights: a Reference Handbook, Nina Redman and Lucille Whalen. Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, c1998. Handy reference guide to most important documents on human rights, publications, non-print resources and organizations.
Suzzallo Reference K3240.4 .W46 1998

Human Rights: Selected International Standards and Important Treaties on Human Rights. New York : Amnesty International USA, 1988. Suzzallo General Stacks K3239 H86 1988

Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Gregory J. Walters. Methucan, NJ : Scarecrow Press, 1995. Selected and annotated bibliography of published works on human rights.
Suzzallo Reference Z7164 L6 W35 1995

Human Rights on CD-ROM [computer file]. New York : United Nations, 1993-. Compiled by the United Nations Library in Geneva, updates the printed work, June Burton's Human Rights Bibliography (1987).
Microform and Newspaper Collections M-2086

Rights of Women : a Guide to the Important United Nations Treaties on Women's Human Rights. New York : International Women's Tribuen Centre, 1998.
Suzzallo Reference K644 .R54 1998

World Biographical Series (volumes issued on each country). Excellent sources for extensive, annotated bibliographic entries on an individual country.
Located under various call numbers in Suzzallo Reference.

III. Human Rights in Latin America; Selected Resources

Daughters of Caliban : Caribbean Women in the Twentieth Century, edited by Consuelo López Springfield. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1997. Collection of Essays.
Suzzallo Allen Stacks HQ1501 .D375 1997

Human Rights in Latin America 1964-1980. Washington DC : Library of Congress, 1983. A selective annotated bibliography derived from books, pamphlets and journals. Arranged by country with additional listings for governmental and non-govermental human rights organizations (now seriously outdated), materials on U.S. policy in Latin America and newsletters.
Suzzallo Reference Stacks Z7164 L6 H85

Inside the School of the Assassins [videorecording] / Richter Productions in association with the Santa Fe Communications, New York, NY : Richter Productions, c1996. One of many videos (both documentaries and feature films) on human rights themes.
Odegaard Media Videorecord RICP 001

Religion and human rights : competing claims? Carrie Gustafson and Peter Juviler, editors. Armonk, NY : M.E. Sharpe, c1999.
Bothell Stacks BL65.H78 R44 1999

Religious freedom and evangelization in Latin America: the challenge of religious pluralism Paul E. Sigmund, editor. Maryknoll, NY : Orbis Books, 1999.
One copy being processed for Suzzallo/Allen Library.

Slaves of slaves : the challenge of Latin American women Latin American and Caribbean Women's Collective. London : Zed Press, 1980.
Suzzallo Allen Stacks HQ1527 .L3713 1980

The struggle for human rights in Latin America Edward L. Cleary. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1997.
Suzzallo Allen Stacks JC599 L3 C58 1997

U.S.-Latin American policymaking : a reference handbook edited by David W. Dent. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995.
Suzzallo Allen Stacks Z1609.R4 U59 1995

IV. Microform Resources

Amnesty International 1962- Leiden, The Netherlands : IDC microfiche collections. Contains major collections from Amnesty International's published and unpublished research collections.
Microform and Newspaper Collections M-1884

Human Rights Documents 1980-1993, Leiden, The Netherlands : IDC microfiche collections.
Microform and Newspaper Collections M-1885

Organization of American States (OAS). Microcard set of the Papers of the OAS.
Microform and Newspaper Collections

V. Web Sites
The World Wide Web has been a remarkably effective tool to alert large numbers of people to human rights abuses, activities and action groups. This list is VERY SELECTIVE, providing a very small sample of Latin American human rights Web sites.

Umbrella Sites:

Specific Organizations:

VI. Periodicals and Indexes to Literature
The Libraries holds about 50 periodicals with the LC subject heading of Human Rights. The following is just a sample of periodicals focusing on human rights in Latin America and held by the UW Libraries.

Annual Report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights/Organization of American States. Washington DC : General Secretariat of the OAS. 1988/89-
Government Publications KDZ578 I5A7

Human Rights Quarterly. 1981- Highly respected journal with a paper copy subscription in the Libraries.
Suzzallo Periodicals JC571 U58

Human Rights Watch/Americas [Newsletter]. 1994- (earlier title Americas Watch starts with 1992)
Earlier title in Suzzallo Library, Current title in UW Tacoma Library.

Human Rights Watch Report

Index on Censorship Suzzallo Periodicals K9 .N3

Many printed indexes (as opposed to electronic databases) remain very useful in research of human rights. (Electronic database index, full-text and abstract services are covered in Section I, Databases and Catalogs.) A selection of print indexes held in the UW Libraries includes:

Human Resources Abstracts 1982- Specializes in labor issues, economic conditions, etc. Includes a geographic index.
Suzzallo Reference Z7165 U5 P22

International Bibliography of Political Science 1952- A UNESCO publication, this annual index to scholarly materials classifies human rights issues under Basic Rights as a subset of Political Systems.
Suzzallo Reference Z7163 I63 I64

International Development Abstracts 1982- Key abstracting service for developing countries. Covers both policy and research. Annual.
Suzzallo Reference HC59.69 I57

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