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SO 333 - Sociology of Genocide

Introduction


This is a guide to selected sources of information related to SO333 Sociology of Genocide. All of these resources can be accessed either on campus or remotely by entering in the S number on the back of your student ID.

There are two sections to this guide:  Research Project Resources and Resources by Topic.

The Research Project Resources section highlights the various library resources that will help you to successfully complete your research project assignment, no matter what topic you choose to research.

The Resources by Topic section organizes library and Internet resources by your syllabus topic (i.e. Genocide Deniers, Genocide and War, The Killing Fields, etc.).

If you need any assistance in using these resources or if you are having difficulty in locating information, please contact the Sociology Liaison Librarian.

 


Research Project Resources

 

Reference Materials


Use reference materials to get an overview of the topic you are researching as well as to understand how sociologists approach your research topic. When using reference materials make note of any words that are used to describe your topic, these words can serve as keywords when it comes time to search for articles in online journal databases. Also, pay attention to the citations located at the end of topic entries, they can be used as a starting point for locating scholarly research.

Gale Virtual Reference Center

Credo Reference

Crimes of War: A-Z Guide (Crimes of War Project)

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
     Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 (3 volumes)

Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence

 

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Search Tips


Tip 1 Boolean Operators:  To search the catalogs and databases highlighted in this guide you will need to use Boolean operators (ANDs and ORs), quotation marks, and truncation to pull up books and articles on your topic. Here is a brief overview of how to use Boolean operators and truncation:

  • AND:  use AND to link together search topics (hiroshima AND nagasaki)
  • OR:  use OR to link together synonyms or like concepts ("great leap forward" or famine) AND (mao or china)
  • *:  use truncation to pull up the root of a word with variant endings (kurd* will bring up kurds, kurdish, kurdistan)

Tip 2 Brainstorming:  Take a minute to brainstorm all of the ways that the concept of genocide, a geographic region, an event, or a people can be referred to, then group those synonyms with the OR Boolean operator. For example:

  • "belgian congo" OR "congo free state"
  • holodomor OR (ukraine AND "great famine")
  • nanking OR nanjing
  • "native american" OR "american indian" OR Sioux
  • (balkans OR yugoslavia) AND (genocide OR "ethnic cleansing" OR "ethnic conflict")

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Books


Geisel Library Catalog
Use to locate books housed in Geisel Library. To see what books have recently been added to the Geisel Library collection, consult the New Books webpage and browse by subject area and month.

WorldCat
If you have searched the Geisel Library Catalog but could not locate a book on your topic try searching WorldCat, a database that allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the United States. When you locate a title of interest, click on the ILL icon in the book's catalog record to request the item through interlibrary loan. Your book(s) will be available for pickup in the library within 7-14 days. For assistance in using this database please Ask a Librarian.

Ebrary
This library of over 40,000 e-books spans across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.
Access restricted to the Saint Anselm College community.

Praeger Security International
The Praeger Security International database has a number of ebooks dealing with the topics addressed in this course. All of these ebooks will approach the topic through a political science lens.

 

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Journal Articles


For your research project you will need to use both scholarly and non-scholarly resources to fuel the discussion of your topic. For a refresher on the differences between a scholarly and non-scholarly resource please consult our popular vs. scholarly webpage.

Many of these databases require the use of WebBridge to locate the full text of articles or to place an Interlibrary Loan request. For assistance in how to use WebBridge please consult our WebBridge video tutorial or our WebBridge webpage.

Databases for Scholarly Research

Listed below are the core online journal databases for this course. Keep in mind that the library subscribes to a number of subject specific online journal databases, if you are having trouble locating articles you may simply need to use another database. If that is the case, consult the library's Subject GuidesArticle Databases page, or contact the Sociology Liaison Librarian who will then guide you toward the appropriate database.

Core Databases

SocINDEX
Title of note:  Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Academic Search Premier

JSTOR

Additional Databases

America: History and Life
Use to get a historical background on your topic, this database deals only with American history.

Contemporary Women's Issues
Use to research how genocide affects women, especially in terms of rape and sexual violence.

Historical Abstracts
Use to get a historical background on your topic, this database covers non-North American history.

Lexis Nexis - Legal
Use to research laws and cases dealing with genocide, including war crimes and international tribunals.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Use to research your topic through a political science lens, including how the international community has responded to genocides and wartime atrocities.

Databases for Popular Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Newspaper and popular magazine articles are extremely important resources to use when examining issues related to genocide. Many times, they are the ones that have brought genocidal acts to the attention of the greater public. Newspapers and popular magazines are also quick to respond to new atrocities or will alert readers to new developments in war crime trials or international tribunals.

In addition to the databases below you will also want to consult the Current Events Research Help page to be directed to more library and Internet current event resources.

LexisNexis Academic

Academic Search Premier

New York Times   (Current)

New York Times   (Historical 1851–2003)

 

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Resources by Topic

 

Defining Genocide


Reference Resources

Crimes of War: A-Z Guide (Crimes of War Project)
Encyclopedia of Nationalism: Fundamental Themes
Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, & Conflict
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 (3 volumes)

Sample Geisel Library Catalog Searches

Genocide
"ethnic cleansing"
"crimes against humanity"
international court of justice

Selected Websites

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (University of Minnesota)
Comparative Genocide Studies (University of Tokyo)
Genocide Studies Program (Yale University)
Genocide Watch
International Court of Justice
R.J. Rummel Website
What is Genocide? (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
The Whitaker Report (United Nations)

 

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Colonialism & Genocide: Native Americans and Africa


Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of African History
Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts
Encyclopedia of North American Indians
Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
New Encyclopedia of Africa

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
     Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 (3 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450
     JV22 .E535 (2 volumes)

Sample Geisel Library Catalog Searches

leopold* and congo
belgian congo
indians and massacre

Selected Websites

The Herero Uprising
King Leopold's Rule in Africa by E.D. Morel
The Story of Africa (BBC)
Memory of Congo: Colonial Era (Royal Museum for Central Africa)

We Shall Remain (PBS - American Experience)
Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide? (Article by Guenter Lewy)

 

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Genocide Deniers: Turkey, Ukraine, Rape of Nanking


Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict
Immigration and Asylum from 1900 to Present

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
     Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 (3 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Ukraine (see volume 1: entry on "famine")
     Ref DK508 .E613

Sample Geisel Library Catalog Searches

ukraine and famine
armenia* and genocide
Sino Japanese War 1937-1945

Selected Websites

Armenia, Karabagh, and the Armenian Genocide Fact Sheets (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
The Armenian Genocide
Armenian National Institute
Armenocide

The Artificial Famine/Genocide in Ukraine: 1932-1933
Case Study: The Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933
     (Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence)
Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 1932-1933
The Great Famine 1932-1933 in Ukraine
Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933 (Ukrainian Genocide Famine Foundation-USA)
Ukrainian Famine Deniers vs Supporters:

Gareth Jones
Jeff Coplon
Walter Duranty (access through New York Times Historical - Saint Anselm login required)
Nanjing Memorial Hall
The Nanking Atrocities
The Nanking Massacre Project (Yale Divinity School Library)

 

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Genocide through Legislation: The Holocaust


Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of Ethics
Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
Encyclopedia of Social Theory
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 (3 volumes)

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust
Ref D804.3 .E53 (4 volumes)

Sample Geisel Library Catalog Searches

Holocaust Jewish 1939-1945
nazi and genocide
concentration camp
anti-semitism and germany

Selected Websites

Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (Yale University)
Holocaust Issues (U.S. State Department)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
USC Shoah Foundation Institute (University of Southern California)
Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
     (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
Witnessing the Holocaust (BBC)
Yad Vashem

 

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Genocide and War: China, Japan, and the Middle East


Reference Resources

Immigration and Asylum from 1900 to Present
Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts
Encyclopedia of Nationalism: Fundamental Themes
Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present

Civil Wars of the World
Ref D431 .C54 (2 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 (3 volumes)

Sample Geisel Library Catalog Searches

iraq and kurd*
hiroshima or nagasaki
mao and (peasant* or rural)

Selected Websites

Case Study: The 1988 Anfal Campaign in Iraqi Kurdistan
     (Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence)
Genocide in Iraq: The Anfal Campaign Against the Kurds by Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch - Middle East/North Africa
Human Rights Watch - Gaza/Israel
UNRWA: United Nations Relief and Workers Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
China: A Century of Revolution (American Experience)
    Economic Plan: Part 1
    Economic Plan: Part 2
The Chinese Case: Was It Genocide or Poor Policy? Merrill Goldman
     (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Children of the Atomic Bomb
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Nuclear Files: Project of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Voices of the Survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki

 

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The Killing Fields: Pol Pot and the Cambodian Genocide


Reference Resources  

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict
Immigration and Asylum from 1900 to Present

Civil Wars of the World
Ref D431 .C54 (2 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 (3 volumes)

Sample Geisel Library Catalog Searches

khmer rouge
genocide and cambodia

Selected Websites

Cambodia Genocide Program (Yale University)
Cambodian Genocide Data Bases (CGDB) (Yale University)
Cambodia Tribunal Monitor
Case Study: The S-21 Project (Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence)
Documentation Center of Cambodia
Tuol Sleng: Photographs from Pol Pot's Secret Prison

 

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The Balkans and Ethnic Cleansing


Reference Resources 

Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts
Encyclopedia of Nationalism: Leaders, Movements, and Concepts
Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
Immigration and Asylum from 1900 to Present
Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present

Civil Wars of the World
Ref D431 .C54 (2 volumes)

Conflict in Former Yugoslavia: An Encyclopedia
Ref DR1232 .C66

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 (3 volumes)

Sample Geisel Library Catalog Searches

bosnia and ("ethnic conflict" or war)
kosovo or balkans
yugoslavia

Selected Websites

In-Depth: Death of Milosevic
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (United Nations)
Institute for War and Peace Reporting: IWPR Tribunal Project
The World's Most Wanted Man (PBS Frontline)
Road to Srebrenica
Screbrenica: A Cry from the Grave
Srebrenica Genocide
War in Europe: NATO's 1999 War Against Serbia over Kosovo (PBS Frontline)

 

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Rwanda and Sudan Genocides


Reference Resources

Encyclopedia of African History
Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts
Encyclopedia of Nationalism: Fundamental Themes
Encyclopedia of Nationalism: Leaders, Movements, and Concepts
Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
Immigration and Asylum from 1900 to Present
New Encyclopedia of Africa

Civil Wars of the World
Ref D431 .C54 (2 volumes)

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
Ref HV 6322.7 .E532 (3 volumes)

Sample Geisel Library Catalog Searches

rwanda and (genocide or "civil war" or atrocities)
(sudan or darfur) and ("civil war" or genocide or "ethnic cleansing")
hutu or tutsi

Selected Websites

24 Hours for Darfur
Child Soldiers Global Report
Darfur Survival Campaign (Physicians for Human Rights)
Ghosts of Rwanda (PBS Frontline)
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Rwanda Genocide: Ten Years On (BBC News)

 

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Citing Sources


Sociology researchers use the ASA (American Sociology Association) citation format. Always check with your professor for the required citation style.

If you need to consult the ASA Style Guide while in the library stop at the reference desk and ask for call number: Ready Ref HM569 .A54.

 

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