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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for terrorism research topics. Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.
Global Alert by
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
Global Alert describes the motivations that lead to modern Islamist terrorism and the different stages in the execution of a terrorist attack. Challenging the certainty that liberal democratic values offer an antidote to radicalism, the book exposes the exploitation of democratic institutions by terrorists to further their goals and confronts the difficulty democracies face in fighting terrorism, especially when international humanitarian law does not account for nonstate actors in armed conflict. Global Alert especially focuses on the "hybrid terrorist organization" model, which calls for a new international doctrine to neutralize its threat.
Encyclopedia of Terrorism by
Publication Date: 2012-11-01
A valuable, up-to-date reference tool for understanding the latest developments in national and international terrorism—one of the most pressing security challenges facing the world today. * More than 500 entries on topics in modern-day terrorism * A chronology of major terrorist attacks since 1946 * A bibliography listing major literacy sources on terrorism * A list of acronyms related to major terrorist organizations
Domestic Terrorism by
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland Circulation (HV6432 .D66 2015)
Publication Date: 2014-12-02
How should the domestic terrorism threat be assessed or defined? Homegrown terror isn't just Islamist / Risa Brooks -- The definition of domestic terrorism is too broad / Ms. Smith -- There are many misconceptions about the threat of domestic terrorism / Jack Levin -- Domestic terrorism is a persistent threat in the United States / Scott Stewart -- The threat of domestic terrorism is often overlooked / Daryl Johnson -- What groups present the greatest risk of domestic terrorism? Islamic radicalization is a danger to US security / Melvin Bledsoe -- The threat of Islamic radicalization has been exaggerated / Faiza Patel -- Growing threat of extreme right-wing violence / Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland -- Right-wing extremists should not be classified as a major threat to US security / Jonah Goldberg -- Lone-wolf terrorism is a growing threat / Jim Kouri -- The threat of the lone-wolf terrorist is exaggerated / Scott Stewart
The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat by
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland Circulation (HV6431 .E934 2014)
Publication Date: 2014-10-28
Examining major terrorist acts and campaigns undertaken in the decade following September 11, 2001, internationally recognized scholars study the involvement of global terrorist leaders and organizations in these incidents and the planning, organization, execution, recruitment, and training that went into them. This anthology pinpoints the critical patterns and strategies that will inform counterterrorism in the coming decades.
The Historical Origins of Terrorism in America by
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland Circulation (HV6432 .K85 2014)
Publication Date: 2013-12-13
When we think of American terrorism, it is modern, individual terrorists such as Timothy McVeigh that typically spring to mind. But terrorism has existed in America since the earliest days of the colonies, when small groups participated in organized and unlawful violence in the hope of creating a state of fear for their own political purposes. Using case studies of groups such as the Green Mountain Boys, the Mollie Maguires, and the North Carolina Regulators, as well as the more widely-known Sons of Liberty and the Ku Klux Klan, Robert Kumamoto introduces readers to the long history of terrorist activity in America.
Call Number: Polk/Lakeland Circulation (HV6433.I722 W45 2016)
Publication Date: 2016-03-29
In this fully revised and updated edition of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, American journalist Michael Weiss and Syrian analyst Hassan Hassan explain how these violent extremists evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who, with slickly produced murder videos, are spreading violence and mayhem across the globe. Beginning with the early days of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of ISIS's first incarnation, Weiss and Hassan explain who the key players are, where they come from, how they have attracted both local and global support, and how they operate.
Criminal Justice Covers a wide variety of criminal justice topics, including corrections administration, law enforcement, social work, industrial security, drug rehabilitation, and criminal and family law.
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text This comprehensive database includes full text and bibliographic records of leading journals in the criminal justice field. Covering a wide range of topics, it is an essential collection for students and scholars researching criminal justice and criminology.
America's News With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, this resource is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context The premier online resource covering todays hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to marijuana. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed differing views present each side of an issue, allowing you to draw your own valid conclusions.
Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
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