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This guide is to help participants in the Human Rights Wikipedia Edit-a-thon learn how to edit the free encyclopedia and improve the quality for information on human rights and social justice issues on the free web.

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Sources for Biographies compiled by Barb Weeg

If you know the names of social workers or social reformers and wish to identify books about them, do a subject search in  Books/Media tab located on the Rod Library Web page and type in each person’s name (last name first). For help in identifying social reformers in the United States, consult the following resources:

Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice
Rod Library UNI Reference HM 671 E53 2007 volumes 1-3
also available electronically through Books/Media to Sage eReference
Biographical entries for over 300 social reformers as well as descriptions of social activist groups, social movements, and social action. Includes references to further readings.

Activists, Rebels, and Reformers
Rod Library UNI Reference HN 17.5 E534 2001 volumes 1-3
Essays about 68 social reformers. International in scope.

Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers
Rod Library UNI Reference HQ 1236 R29 2001 volumes 1-2
Biographies of more than 400 women from 64 countries who have been activists in areas such as social welfare/poverty, children's rights, immigrant rights, and political/legal reform. Includes references to further readings.

Biographical Dictionary of Social Welfare in America
Rod Library UNI Reference HV 27 B57 1986
Biographies of 300 "doers and activists" with a select bibliography of sources by and about the individual.

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