This research guide introduces selected academic publications in the field of genocide and holocaust studies. Use the menu on the left to navigate and feel free to contact me if you have questions. Use the book now button on the right to schedule a meeting with me.

Encyclopedias, Companions, Handbooks

The Library has a variety of subject-specific encyclopedias, handbooks, and companions with exhaustive and well-researched articles written by subject experts. These essays are great introductions and helpful in defining and focusing a topic. Articles generally include references to recommended literature.

Companion to the Holocaust
Comprising over thirty essays with commentaries on current and emerging debates. Identifies new trends and incorporates new language, geographies, and approaches to address the precursors of the Holocaust and examine its global consequences.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Provides cross reference searching in encyclopedias, and specialized reference sources. Includes the second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia.

Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press)
Each handbook introduces and surveys the state of scholarship in a field of study through review articles written by leading subject specialists. Articles review key issues and debates and set the agenda for new research. Includes the Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies, the Oxford Handbook of Modern German History, and the Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics.

Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies
Available in print only.

Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial
Presents peer-reviewed, annotated bibliographies and expert commentary on current scholarship in selected disciplines. Includes multiple bibliographies on various aspects of genocide studies.

American History (Oxford Research Encyclopedia)
Offers peer-reviewed topical introductions and literature reviews written by well-regarded authorities. Includes introductions to Genocide and American Indian History and Cultural Homogenization, Ethnic Cleansing, and Genocide. Note, that the Library only has partial access to this resource. Look for articles with the green padlock or the "FREE" icon.

Encyclopedia of Global Justice
Featured essays by subject experts on issues related to global justice. Includes essays on genocide, human rights, and international criminal justice.

Encyclopedia of Global Studies
Features essays on transnational topics and intellectual approaches to the study of global themes such as global ethics, cultural destruction, human rights, international criminal tribunals, and genocides.

Encyclopedia of Human Rights
Offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Includes coverage of the development of the movement, historical cases of abuse, the key figures, major organizations, and a range of other issues in economics, government, religion, and journalism that touch on human rights theory and practice.

Human Rights Encyclopedia
Provides a country-by-country analysis of over 175 nations and their approach to human rights, followed by detailed examinations of topics such as torture, slavery, asylum, genocide, hostages, indigenous peoples, freedom of the press, and the right to education.

Companion to Nazi Germany

The Holocaust Encyclopedia
Includes maps and photographs.

Encyclopedia of the Holocaust

Columbia Guide to the Holocaust
Includes a concise summary and a range of chapters that deal with the central issues and problems in Holocaust studies.

Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide
Presents essays on all aspects of trauma studies including but not limited to psychiatry, medicine and the health sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and law.

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Books & Chapters

Find books in the Library’s collection with a Books & Media search. Start with keywords that describe your topic and use the hyperlinked subjects in the book records to reduce and focus search results. Notice facets such as topic and language which will further narrow results. Subject searches can significantly increase or decrease the number of results. For a more comprehensive review of the literature consult WorldCat and use the integrated Borrow from other libraries feature to request books which are not locally available.

Books & Media
Includes records of all print and e-books owned by the Library. Use the Online collection facet to limit results to ebooks.

Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial
Presents peer-reviewed, annotated bibliographies and expert commentary on current scholarship in selected disciplines.

JSTOR
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
WorldCat is a catalog of library collections worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested through inter-library loan.

E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
Use the Articles/Chapters form to request digital scans of book chapters. Check the Library website for availability of interlibrary borrowing for print books.

Journal Articles

The Library subscribes to many relevant journals including Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, Human Rights Watch World Report, and Law and Ethics of Human Rights. Use the Journal and Article Finder or the Articles & more search on the Library’s website to look up known references. Request articles from journals that are not part of the Library's collections through interlibrary loan. The journal databases listed here index the contents of most if not all relevant journals and are by far the best tools to discover articles.

JSTOR
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.

Scopus (Elsevier)
Provides citations and abstracts to peer-reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings in all major disciplines. Provides information on citing and cited references for each article.

Articles & More Search
Searches across all electronic resources available through the Library. While it doesn't provide access to everything the library has to offer, it is an excellent starting point for your searches.

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
An annotated reference guide to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Indexes among other journals the journals Yad Vashem Studies and Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (National Library of Israel)
A selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies.

Primary Sources

Falvey Library Catalog
Many primary sources are available in the library's book collections. Use terms such as diaries, correspondence and personal narratives to find them. The creators of these primary sources are identified as authors in the catalog.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Expand your search beyond local library holdings.

The Holocaust History Project
The Holocaust History Project is a free archive of documents, photographs, recordings, videos and essays.

Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies: Univeristy of Minnesota
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota endeavors to educate all sectors of society about the Holocaust and other genocides.

Yad Vashem - World Center for Holocaust Research, Education, Documentation and Commemoration
Yad Vashem is the world's foremost center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (ushmm)
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
A Library and archive of Jewish history and culture. Online access to the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.