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Civil Rights

Guide to background sources, search terms, articles, books, and other sources on civil rights.


Welcome! This guide will serve as a starting point for Shippensburg University students wishing to conduct research on various aspects of the national debate over civil rights.You will find sources that introduce you to your topic and keep you up-to-date with links to news articles, research websites, journal articles, and research reports concerning civil rights.

Search Terms

Main Term(s): civil rights
Related Terms: race discrimination, affirmative action programs, voting rights, discrimination
Broader Terms: human rights
Narrower Terms: women's rights, gay rights, African Americans - civil rights, civil rights movements


Books & Reference Books

Reference Books & Ebooks

Books & Ebooks

Research Orgs

International Government Agencies

Kirk-Please check "Project 21" under Advocacy, Not Favoring; you may have different idea on where this belongs. Ditto on Scholars Network on Black Masculinity in Research. TS

Kirk-Not too sure about the Fraternal Order of Police one, either; I looked around for awhile on it and I'm not sure it belongs at all.

Advocacy Orgs

Data Sources

Key Publications

Key Publications




Find Your Own Sources

Library Background Databases

Quality Web Sources

High Quality Web Source Finder

Google Custom Search

Use this search tool to find high quality web sources for your research. You can limit by In-Depth Journalism, Newpaper Topic Guides, Science News, CRS (Congressional Research Service) Reports, and Web Directories. Please Note: Several ads will appear first in the results list.

In-Depth Journalism
Newspaper Topic Guides

A number of important national newspapers have topic or issue sections of their website that bring together all the paper's articles on particular topics. The leading example of this is "Times Topics" from the New York Times. Each topic guide/section has a search tool that lets you refine your search.

Unfortunately, these sections are often not easy to browse or locate on the newspaper websites. Use the "High Quality Web Source Finder" search box above to search for your topic. Then choose the Newspaper Topic Guides tab to look for these in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. If you should hit a pay wall when browsing these newspapers, simply search for articles from any of these three papers using the ProQuest Newstand library database.

Science News
Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS Reports)

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is the public policy research division of Congress. It issues detailed research reports on a very wide range of issues. CRS doesn't maintain its own website, but its reports are available through several organizations and libraries.

Web Directories