HUman Rights LIbraries
Search Tool [=HURLIST]

Search these databases :

Findoc database, Åbo / Turku, Finland
Simdoc, Utrecht, the Netherlands
German Institute for Human Rights, Germany

Freetext search:
Pubdate: (example: 2000)
Date of entry: (example: >20000101)
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How to Search:

1. Click each database you would like to search.
2. Type search terms in the box

NB: By default, a list of two or more words will be understod as a phrase.

3. Click the "search" box..

This Human Rights Libraries Search Tool  [HURLIST] gives you the possibility of searching in several human rights library databases. All of these databases apply the same standard formats for recording bibliographic information, but [as] the databases have been created with the help of various programmes, some problems may occur in retrieving comparable information.

The databases which are currently available on WWW are:

Danish Centre of Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark, using the SIFT programme,   Institute for Human Rights in Finland, Åbo/Turku (FINDOC), using the TRIP programme,  Norwegian Insitute of Human Rights in Oslo, Norway (HURDOC), using the SIFT and SIM Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands, using the Lotus Notes programme and German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin, using LBS-Software OCLCPICA

The Norwegian and the Danish databases are temporarily out of order.

All of these databases use English index terms for subject description, from the HURIDOCS SUPPORTING DOCUMENT B LIST of INDEX TERMS In addition, each of the institutes may apply local index terms, from other thesauri and/or translations to the local language(s). In FINDOC, e.g. both Finnish and Swedish index terms are used, in addition to the English terms. In searching you can use the Boolean operators. The Boolean operator AND will search  for records containing both of the words it separates. The Boolean operator OR will search for records containing either of the words it separates. The Boolean operator NOT will search for records containing the query word preceding it without containing the word following it.

The HURDOC database includes only references to older, grey literature and journal articles. For references to books, periodicals and newer grey literature at the Norwegian Institute of Human Rights' library, consult Bibsys, the database for Norwegian academic libraries. The Bibsys code for the NIHR library is UJUR/IMR. Additional information about each database is available on the respective home pages.

Responsible for technical suppport for the search engine are Stefan Lostedt and Joakim Björklund, IT specialists at the Computing Center of Åbo Akademi University and Marcus Alanen, doctoral student at ÅAU The search is made with the PHP script programme within those databases, which the user wants. The search results from the different databases will be shown in a common window.

Should your institute wish its database(s) to be connected to this search tool, please contact the
Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University, Finland (

Only databases which adhere to the HURIDOCS standards and which are available free of charge on the WWW, may be connected.

Updated 2 of June 2005 by Harriet Nyback-Alanen, Institute for Human Rights, Åbo/Turku, Finland