PO410 Terrorism


PO 410 - Senior Seminar on Terrorism

Members of the Security Council meet to discuss threats to international peace and security caused by terrorism at United Nations headquarters Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 (AP Photo/David Karp from the AP Images database 9/30/2010).

Citation / Bibliography guides

Scholarly Articles, Journals, and Databases

Scholarly journals: aka = Peer Reviewed, Primary Journals, Research Journals

Generally, scholarly journals have the following in common

  • Peer Review (Refereed) - Blind, double blind. Other subject specialist review the submitted research for its viability to be published within the journal
  • Follow citation guidelines for citing sources common within that scholastic discipline
  • Place of FIRST published research on a topic
  • Often more than one author, particularly in scientific research
  • Ethics statement - how human and animal subjects are treated within experiments
  • Use research methods tied to the subject discipline. For example Case Studies are often used in the subject area of Management Studies

Common elements of scholarly articles 

  • Abstract (summary of article often written by author)
  • Footnotes/References
  • May include survey or study results
  • Discussion based on research and subject expertise
  • Conclusion
  • Scholarly article example: “Jihadist Laws of War” by Mary Habeck in Journal of International Security Affairs, Spring 2010.

Journal of International Security: publisher =Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)
Submissions page: http://www.securityaffairs.org/about/index.php#submissions

Examples of journals that publish articles on terrorism

Journal of Conflict Resolution (Sage Publications)
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (Routledge)
Terrorism and Political Violence (Routledge)
International Security (MIT Press)
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (Duke University)
Israel Studies (Indiana University)
Middle East Policy (John Wiley Press)
Middle East Journal (Middle East Institute)
Journal of International Affairs (Columbia University)
World Politics (John Hopkins University Press)

Databases for locating scholarly articles

Political Science Discovery search

Political Science Complete
CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online
EconLit with Full Text
SocINDEX with Full Text
Academic Search Premier
LexisNexis Academic
Google Scholar



Reports on Terrorism


Country Reports on terrorism from the U.S. Dept. of State: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/crt/

CQ Researcher Reports from CQ Press (Congressional Quarterly Inc.): Global Jihad; other CQ reports include: Remember 9/11, Homegrown Terrorists, Prosecuting Terrorists, Homeland Security, Securing the Borders, Port Security.



Books at SMC and WorldWide

Library Catalog  (catalog for SMC)

WorldCat  (catalog for libraries worldwide


Evaluating Web Resources: The CRAAP Test

Organizations and Think Tanks

Homeland Security Policy Institute
George Washington University, 2300 I St., N.W., Suite 721, Washington, DC 20037
A think tank that analyzes homeland security issues.

Center for Islamic Pluralism

1718 M St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036
Advocates for traditional Islamic values.

Heritage Foundation
214 Massachussetts Ave., N.E., Washington DC 20002
A think tank that has published studies on various aspects of international terrorism and anti-terrorism measures.

Institute for Counter-Terrorism
The Interdisciplinary Center, P.O. Box 167, Herzlia, 46150, Israel
A think tank that offers detailed profiles of terrorist organizations and brief reports on a variety of terrorist-related issues.

International Crisis Group
1629 K Street, N.W., Suite 450,Washington DC 20006
A Brussels-based conflict resolution organization that monitors such issues as international terrorism and Islamism, with a series of on-the-ground reports on both topics.

International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research
Block S4, Level B4, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798
Studies threats and develops countermeasures for politically motivated violence and terrorism.

International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence
King's College London, 138-142 Strand, London, WC2R 1HH, United Kingdom
A think tank set up by King's College London, the University of Pennsylvania, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel) and the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy.

Middle East Media Research Institute
P.O. Box 27837, Washington DC, 20038
An organization that provides translations from Arabic, Farsi and Hebrew publications and runs the Jihad and Terrorism Studies Project, with translations of al Qaeda communiqués and similar material.

Muslim Public Affairs Council
110 Maryland Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002
Reaches out to Muslims in the United States with an anti-jihadist message.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Action Against Terrorism Unit, Wallnerstrasse 6, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Coordinates anti-terrorism initiatives among European nations.

RAND Corp.
Homeland Security and Defense Center, 1200 South Hayes St., Arlington, VA 22202
A security-oriented think tank with an active program on Jihadism-related issues.

Royal Institute of International Affairs
Chatham House, 10 St. James Square, London SW1Y 4LE
Based in London offers publications on terrorism-related topics.

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