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This guide is designed to help you research information about terrorism. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use:

  • Terrorism
  • Terrorist

New Books

Marguiles, Joseph. What Changed When Everything Changed: 9/11 and the making of national identity. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: E169.1 .M264 2013

Scahill, Jeremy. Dirty Wars: The world is a battlefield. New York: Nation Books, 2013. Print.
Call Number: E897 .S33 2013

Fergusson, James. The World's Most Dangerous Place: Inside the outlaw state of Somalia. Boston: Da Capo Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HV6432.5.Q2 F474 2013

English, Richard. Modern War: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: UA21.5 .E54 2013

Circulating Books

Burleigh, Michael. Blood and Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism. New York: Harper: 2009. Print.
Call Number: HV6431.B867 2009x

Kellner, Douglas. Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic terrorism and school shootings from the Oklahoma City bombing to the Virginia Tech masssacre. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2008. Print.
Call Number: HN90.U6 K45 2008

Ensalaco, Mark. Middle Eastern Terrorism: From Black September to September 11. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2008. Print.
Call Number: HV6433.M5E53 2008x

Johnson, Haynes. The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc., 2005. Print.
Call Number: E748.M143J64 2005

Cohen, David B. and John W. Wells, eds. American National Security and Civil Liberties in an Era of Terrorism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Print.
Call Number: E748.M143J64 2005

Reference Books

Atkins, Stephen E. Encyclopedia of Modern Worldwide Extremists and Extremist Groups. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2004.
Call Number: REF HN49.R33 A85 2004

Gottesman, Ronald, ed. Violence in America: An Encyclopedia. New York: Charles Scribner's, 1999. Print.
Call Number: REF HN90.V5 V5474 1999

Shanty, Frank and Raymond Picquet, eds. Encyclopedia of World Terrorism. Armonk: Sharpe Reference, 2003. Print.
Call Number: REF HV6431.E53 2003

Henderson, Harry. Global Terrorism. New York: Facts On File, 2004. Print.
Call Number: REF HV6431. H43 2004

International Encyclopedia of Terrorism. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997. Print.
Call Number: REF HV6431. I5456 1997x

Henderson, Harry. Terrorist Challenge to America. New York: Facts on File, 2003. Print.
Call Number: REF HV6432. H46 2003

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security from World War II to the War on Terrorism
Zelizer, Julian E. Arsenal of Democracy: The politics of national security from World War II to the War on Terrorism. New York: Basic Books, 2010. Web.

Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror
Redfield, Marc. Rhetoric of Terror: Reflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror. New York: Fordham University Press, 2009. Web.

America's War on Terror
Lansford, Tom and Robert P. Watson. America's War on Terror. Burlington: Ashgate, 2009. Web.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about terrorism:
  • The Atlantic
  • The Economist
  • Time Magazine
  • US News & World Report


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Criminal Justice Collection

Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this cllection rises to the challenge. Users will have access to 150 journals. Contains over 27,000 journal articles, 5.000 magazine stories and 70 multimedia presentations on terrorism.

Ethnic NewsWatch

Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other side of the story," ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press. Contains over 39,000 articles on terrorism.

Global Issues in Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Contains over 2,000 articles, 800 reference sources and 26,000 news stories about terrorism.

Issues and Controversies in American History

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly, with links to a 12-year back-file, Issues and Controversies offers in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates. Contains 100+ in-depth entries on terrorism.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. Contains over 70 videos, 600 audio programs and 23,000 news stories relating to terrorism.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

In the Name of Liberation: Freedom by Any Means: 47 minutes

In the Name of the State: When Might Makes Right: 48 minutes

Liberty and Security in an Age of Terrorism: 58 minutes

Web sites

There are many good web sites containing information about terrorism on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

Yale Law School Library collection of documents related to terrorism.

Library of Congress collection of documents and publications on terrorism.

U.S. State Department chronology of significant terrorist events within the United States.

National Academies Press collection of publications about science and policy issues surrounding terrorism and security.

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

British Broadcasting Company's History of Terrorism feature.

Frontline collection of videos and stories dealing with terrorism from 9/11 to the present.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style

The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide

The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 3/14/2011 by Ry Burgess. Updated on 5/6/14 by Joy Singletary.