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Government Documents: HIST 296: Genocide and Modern Slavery: U.S. Government Resources

Guide created for Yuma Totani's HIST 296 course, Genocide and Modern Slavery


The Government Documents collection contains a wide variety of resources for your research from all federal government branches and departments. These documents are available either in our physical collections or in online formats. We also provide access to a comprehensive collection of the publications and issuances of the United Nations and related organizations.

What you'll find in Government Documents:

  • Primary sources such as congressional bills, court decisions, testimony, speeches, videos, and U.N. resolutions

  • Secondary sources like statistics, government reports, blog posts, and legal analyses

Search Tips

The databases and digital resources included in this LibGuide will yield primary and secondary source materials for your research. 

The following keywords will help with your searches in the library catalog or databases.

  • genocide
  • war crimes
  • crimes against humanity
  • international crimes tribunal
  • international criminal law
  • ethnic cleansing
  • mass violence
  • human rights violations
  • sex trafficking
  • human trafficking
  • child labor
  • modern slavery
  • sexual slavery
  • slavery
  • forced labor
  • indentured labor
  • involuntary servitude

For phrases, try using quotation marks around the phrase to keep the words together in your search.

Also, combine them with geographic areas you are searching for, e.g. "ethnic cleansing" AND Yugoslavia. Other search tips are interspersed among the resources in the guide.

U.S. Government Agencies

Use the links below to find the most current initiatives, programs, and resources from U.S. government agencies.

Be aware that this information comes from official departments; thus, if you are looking for reports or articles about possible U.S. involvement or responsibility for war crimes or other investigative materials, you might try the IGOs, or OneSearch (our library finding tool) which search databases and collections written by non-governmental sources as well.

Library of Congress

The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide.

It is updated frequently and draws on information from official national legal publications and reliable press sources. You can find previous news by searching the Global Legal Monitor.
You can do a search for "war crimes," genocide, or other related research keywords, and refine your results by

  • date
  • topic
  • jurisdiction (geographic area).

Other Government-related Resources

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. 
Advanced Search function available from the homepage:

  • Click on Advanced Search above the search bar
  • select "Full text contains" from the pull-down menu
  • Enter a search term like Guantanamo in the "All of the words" field
  • filter for date or more search terms in "any of the words" or "exact phrase" boxes.

Government Documents Librarian

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