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Research in Human Rights: History 390S: Getting Started

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Kelley Lawton
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Finding Background Information: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Why use an encyclopedia? The Duke University Libraries provide access to hundreds of subject-specific encyclopedias, containing articles written by experts. Encyclopedias can be excellent resources for providing overviews, brainstorming topics, and identifying keywords to use searches.

 Online Reference Collections

ABC-CLIO ebook Collection, formerly History Reference Online, is an online collection of hundreds of history reference titles published by ABC-Clio. This is a fantastic resource, which can be browsed by subject categories or full-text searched by keyword. 

 Oxford Reference Online provides access to a selection of reference titles.  The database homepage displays a listing of all the accessible titles. so you can quickly identify the ones that pertain to U.S. history.

Sage-Knowledge Reference is an online collection of hundreds of reference works in the social sciences.  

Specific Titles of Interest: Print and Online

American Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change (Print)

Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia (Print)

Contemporary Immigration in American: A State-By-State Encyclopedia (Print)

Encyclopedia of Human Rights (Online)

Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: An Encyclopedia of Their Experience (Print)