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How To: Terrorism Research

1. ProQuest - Scholarly articles and dissertations focusing on many topics, including Security, Military and Political Science. 

2. Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) provides full-text access to Homeland Security, U.S. Policy, Strategy, Federal/State/Local Governments, International Relations, Government & Think Tank Reports along with Military Student Papers. 

Below is a general search; you can see there are many ways to narrow down your results. 

If you're looking for a specific type of document, such as a CRS or GAO report, you can choose that when you start your search:

Or, look for Featured Topics and choose one to find the top reports and testimony:

3. International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center (ISCTRC) - ON-CAMPUS only provides full-text access to Intelligence on Security & Threat Analysis.  Includes reports, books, summaries and scholarly journals.

4.  TRAC, the Terrorism Research & Analysis Center, collects information from News Sources, Universities and Think Tanks around the world.  You'll find brief profiles on over 4500 Terrorist & Insurgency Groups.  Begin by clicking on Search and entering your terms.

When your results display, you can click on a link to read an article or report. 

5. Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on Terrorist Events around the world from 1970 - 2017.  Includes systematic data on Domestic and International Terrorist Incidents.

6. Military Periscope - Available April 1, 2019! Tracks information on Nations' Armed Forces, Terrorist Organizations and Weapons Systems.  Includes Daily News updates. 


Suggested Search Terms

Here are some search terms we used in the class.  Try these + your region or country.

Don't forget to use "quotation marks" to search for a phrase and terro* to search for words beginning with a root.

ProQuest: Terrorism AND ideology

or: "foreign fighter"

HSDL: "lone wolf" terro*

or: "lone actor" terro*

ISCTRC: extremism and counter*

TRAC: "islamic state" (Search is at top of page)

GTD: aqap or "al qaeda"

Military Periscope: Search by group name, weapons system or country name.



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