Research Guides: Global Patterns of Racism (Spring 2014)

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Starting your research with reference sources
Reference sources provide you with basic factual information about your topic. They are helpful at the beginning of research to make sure that you know as many of the facts about your topic as possible. Once you know the facts, you can move on to websites and scholarly articles, which will usually have a certain point-of-view or try to make a specific argument. 

But first, get the facts!

Encyclopedia of Genocide
HV6322.7.E53 1999
Reference Collection

Library Databases:

Credo Reference Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks
  • All full-text

Modern World History Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
  • History
  • Encyclopedias, Primary Sources, Biographies, Images, Multimedia, Speeches
  • All full-text
  • Publications include Biographical Dictionary of Modern World Leaders, Dictators & Tyrants: Absolute Rulers and Would-Be Rulers in World History, Encyclopedia of World War I, Speeches in World History, and many more
  • Coverage of historical events from the 15th century to present
Library resources - books, dvds, e-books
Books in these lists will provide you with broad information on your topic. Use the table of contents or the index in the back of the book to figure out which chapters or sections will be the most useful for you. 

Books generally about genocide






Databases for Scholarly Articles
The databases below have articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. 
Use specific keywords to find articles on your topic. A search for "genocide" will give you thousands of results. 
Remember - the articles will not answer the question your professors assigned you. You must find articles about your topic and then think critically about the information you read in the article to answer your research question.

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Art History, Business, Economics, Education, History, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Social Sciences
  • Scholarly Journals, Book Reviews, Theater Reviews, Pamphlets
  • All full-text, PDF
  • Archival coverage of journals back to first issue
  • Moving wall embargo – full-text may not be available for most current 1-5 years, depending on publication 

Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • US History
  • Humanities and social science
  • Scholarly Journals, Book Reviews, Theater Reviews, Pamphlets
  • All full-text, PDF

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Scholarly Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Trade Journals, Book Reviews, Images,
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation and abstract information only
  • EBSCOHost search interface

Proquest Central Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Scholarly Journals, Newspapers, Magazines, Reports, Trade Journals E-Books, Conference Papers, Dissertations & Theses, Government Publications
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation information only
  • ProQuest search interface
Library Resources


Cambodian Genocide Program
Source: Yale University
Since 1994, the award-winning Cambodian Genocide Program, a project of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University's MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, has been studying these events to learn as much as possible about the tragedy, and to help determine who was responsible for the crimes of the Pol Pot regime.
Source: The Digital Archive of Cambodian Holocaust Survivors
Includes testimonials, stories, images and experiences under the Khmer Rouge, digitized for distribution on the Internet.
Genocide in the 20th Century
Source: The History Place
Overviews of 20th century genocides - Bosnia/Herzegovina, Rwanda, Pol Pot in Cambodia, Nazi Holocaust, Rape of Nanking, Stalin's Forced Famine, Armenians in Turkey. 
Prevent Genocide International
Source: The International Campaign to End Genocide (ICEG)
Prevent Genocide International, established in 1998, is a global education and action network for the prevention of genocide and crimes against humanity. Includes Resources, Books and Articles, Reports, Survivor and Eyewitness testimonies, Commemoration, Film and Video and Websites
Subject Specialist
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