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Reference Resources

Use reference books to get a better understanding of your topic and to look for key terms and phrases to use in further searching.

Reference Databases

Credo Reference Database of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources.

Print Sources in the Oakdale Library

Becker, L. & Becker, C. (Eds.). (2001). Encyclopedia of ethics. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.
Reference BJ63 .E45 2001
3 vols.

Borchert, D.M.(Ed.). (2006). Encyclopedia of philosophy. 2nd ed. Detroit : Thomson Gale/Macmillan Reference USA.
Reference B51 .E53 2006
10 vols.

Craig, E. (Ed.). (1998). Routledge encyclopedia of philosophy. New York: Routledge.
Reference B51. R68 1998
10 vols.

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Taking Sides. Series of books arranged by topic with chapters debating different sides.

Books in the Main Stacks

Click these book catalog searches on some course keywords:


human rights

natural law




Works of Plato

Works of Cicero

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Articles on Human Rights

You can find articles from magazines, journals and newspapers by searching the library’s databases. Here are the best ones to get you started researching for this class:

Biography in Context - Search for the name of a person to get background information as well as a selection of newspaper, magazine, and journal articles about them.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Database with articles exploring the pros and cons of many issues.

Academic Search Premier

The New York Times- full text of New York Times journalism back to 1980

Proquest Research Library

These links break down our databases by the subjects they cover:

Philosophy Databases

Religion Databases

History Databases

Current Events Databases

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

Web Sites

  • Derechos Human Rights - Equipo Nizkor
    This organization works to promote human rights throughout the world, educate the public on the issues, and bring to justice violators of these rights. The site is in Spanish.

  • United Nations: Human Rights
    The UN declares that human rights are fundamental. This page links to various documents, councils, committees and tribunals seeking to safeguard these rights.

  • Human Rights
    This page from the U.S. Department of State links to many world-wide reports on related issues.

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