New Resource – Modern Genocide Database

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library has recently acquired a new online database, Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences, which explores ten genocide events in recent history. This resource features over 1,200 reference items, 300 primary source items, and hundreds of photographs, maps, and videos, all in an attempt to educate readers about the perpetration of these crimes against humanity (Jaeger, 2013).

Initial funding for this resource has been made possible by a grant from the Frances and Sam Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund, received through the efforts of Dr. Kurt Borchard of UNK’s Sociology Department. Access to this resource is available to all users on-campus, and to UNK students and employees off-campus.

“What sets this project apart from others is not only the quality of the writing but the willingness to address areas of controversy surrounding these various genocides, especially the question of denial,” said board member and contributing scholar Steven Leonard Jacobs (Vnuk, 2013).

This new database is listed in the alphabetical and subject listings of the “Articles & Databases” webpage:

  • Ethnic Studies
  • History (World)
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  •  Primary Sources
  •  Sociology

Additional resources on the history and concept of genocide may be found using the library’s LOPERSearch database, and research assistance is available all summer – online, by phone, and in person – by asking a librarian.

Jaeger, J. (2013, September). Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 51(1), 56+. Retrieved from

Vnuk, R. (2013). Modern Genocide. Booklist, 109(15), 40. Retrieved from

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