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FYS September 11, Terrorism and Response (2019): Start Here

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TIP: Clicking the SU Bike icon will take you to the Research Hub. This guide provides an introduction to key resources available for your topics. The Smith Library Center has a wide range of both electronic and print materials including books, databases and journals.

Selected Books from the Smith Library Center

How to...

 WorldCat@SU is the library's online catalog. Use it to identify printed and electronic books that we own as well as videos, CD's, DVD's, and more. A search by keyword in the online catalog yields many titles on your topics. If you find an item that we don't own that you need for your research, use Get it! and we will get the item from a library that does own it. 

 A few examples of select keywords relevant to this class are below. Each can be place directly into the search box in the online catalog. Always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need--it may simply be a matter of using the right vocabulary.


  • War on terrorism

  • Osama Ben Laden
  • September 11 terrorist attacks

  • Extremism and terrorism

  • Bush doctrine and the war on terrorism

  • Foreign policy and the war on terror

  • International terrorism

  • Domestic terrorism

  • Madrid train bombings

  • Global security and intelligence

  • ISIS Organization

  • Terrorism 21st Century

  • Counter-terrorism strategies

  • Counter-terrorism and Al-Quada

  • Intelligence sharing

  • International Intelligence Cooperation

  • Al Queda

  • Bin Laden and Islam

  • Terrorism prevention

  • Patriot Act

  • NATO and plan against terrorism

  • Terrorism finance

  • Terrorism religious aspects

  • Military intelligence

  • National security

  • Radicalization in terrorist organizations

Another way to find articles is to use a database

WorldCat@SU only finds a fraction of the articles available through our databases. Databases allow you to search specifically for articles. Not only do databases find more articles, they provide more precise search tools than WorldCat, yielding better results.

Use WorldCat@SU 

The quickest way to find the article is to type the full title in the single search box on the library homepage.  WorldCat@SU will search multiple databases at the same time, presenting you with the article title.  For example, INCIDENTS OF TERRORISM IN THE UNITED STATES, 1997-2005

Find Specific online journal title The Find the Journal by Title TAB allows you to search for full-text journals, as well as browse for titles by disciplines.  Type the title of the journal in the search box, then look down the results page until you locate the correct title.  For example, Journal of Conflict Resolution. Now you will  see links to databases which contain full-text articles.
Search  database to find the full-text article Once you have located an article via searching a library database, check to see if there is a link to a PDF full-text or HTML page with full-text.  You can also check the WorldCat@SU to see if the journal is available in print.  If the article is not online AND the journal is not available in print, then use GET IT!

Use GET IT! 


If article is not available at Smith Library Center, you have another option to getting it.  Use GET IT, our interlibrary loan service.  You will need to set up an account the first time you use it and log in thereafter.
DATABASES View the full list of  databases organized by title.
Academic Search Complete Scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing mostly full text for journals, magazines and newspapers. Example, domestic terrorism

JSTOR, includes books and articles


Political Science Resources on JSTOR

Multi-disciplinary database containing all full text scholarly articles in the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences. See Security Studies guide. Search within this topic site, terrorism.

Use this guide as starting point for your research on JSTOR!

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) Publishes post-1990 scholarship and reports on international affairs. Provides full-text access to relevant Columbia University Press titles and many recent journals, papers from university research institutes and non-governmental organizations, foundation-funded research projects, and conference proceedings.
Political Science Abstracts Full text political science journals, full text reference books and monographs, and full text conference papers.
Hein Online Academic
Military and Government Collection Such for topics about counterterrorism campaign or intelligence sharing.
CREDO Reference Credo Reference is a digital reference library that places a world of factual information. Assess to  high-quality reference books from academic publishers. Credo Reference is the ideal place to start any research. Also includes TOPIC PAGES (terrorism).


  • Executive Order 13584 of September 9, 2011 -- Developing an Integrated Strategic Counterterrorism Communications Initiative
  • Administration of Donald J. Trump, 2018 Statement on the National Strategy for Counterterrorism e
  • Executive Order 13780 of March 6, 2107 (Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States Administration of Donald J. Trump, 2018 Statement on the National Strategy for Counterterrorism  
  • Obama's Address to the Nation on United States Counterterrorism Strategy, December 6, 2015

Citing all sources all the time is the most effective way to avoid plagiarism. 

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