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Human Rights

Books and e-books

You can search for books and e-books simultaneously through the Library catalogue, Explore, which is the principal tool for finding books, journals and other materials held in UCL libraries (whether in print or electronic format). 

The print collection is located on the 1st floor of the UCL Main Library and is arranged by subject. The Human Rights classification scheme is an adaptation of that used by HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems International) and consists of the name of the collection, followed by a letter and number indicating the subject and the first three letters of the author's or editor's surname. 

For example, Women, Gender, and Human Rights: a Global Perspective edited by Marjorie Agosín has the classmark HUMAN RIGHTS CG 400 AGO, which indicates that it's shelved in the Human Rights collection (HUMAN RIGHTS) in the women's rights section (CG 400).

E-books are catalogued individually and may be accessed directly through Explore. There's further information about finding, using and citing e-books in our e-books guide.

How can you tell if a book is available online?

On UCL Explore, you can look at the results of your search to quickly discover if a book is available in print or/and online: View Online means that the book is available electronically, while Available means that the book is available in print. In some cases a book is available both in print and online. 

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Other collections

Materials of relevance to the study of Human Rights can also be found in the following collections:

  • Law: for books on constitutional law and the European Union, as well as primary materials and legal journals
  • International Relations: for security studies and peacekeeping
  • Public Policy: for political administration and theory
  • Philosophy: for jurisprudence
  • Economics: for economic theory and policy

Materials of relevance to the study of Human Rights can also be found in the following collections:

  • Geography: for international development
  • Anthropology: for vulnerable groups and political systems in a social context