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Terrorism

DEFINITION:  "An activity that involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life that is a violation of the criminal laws…and appears to be intended - (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping." (Deluxe Black's Law Dictionary)

NARROW THE TOPIC:
  • Is terrorism ever justified?
  • Will stricter penalties curb terrorism?
  • What more can the airlines do to prevent terrorism?
  • How serious is the threat of smuggling plutonium from the former Soviet Union?
  • Why should we be concerned about the threat of biological and chemical weapons?
  • What was the "Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996" signed by President Clinton on April 24, 1996?
  • What can be done about internet sites that offer instructions on making bombs?
  • What can be done to prevent another Oklahoma City bombing?
  • Is enough being done to prevent cyber-terrorism?
  • Can anything be done to protect trains from incidents similar to the Madrid bombing in March 2004?

ONLINE CATALOG SUBJECT HEADINGS:
  • Terrorism
  • Bombings
  • Hostages
  • State-Sponsored Terrorism
  • Terrorism in Mass Media

SELECTED PRINT RESOURCES:

Terrorism / Debra A. Miller.
Detroit : Lucent Books, c2008.
Call #: HV6431 .M5724 2008   

The faces of terrorism : social and psychological dimensions / Neil J. Smelser.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2007.
Call #: HV6431 .S63 2007

The terrorist identity : explaining the terrorist threat / Michael P. Arena and Bruce A. Arrigo.
New York : New York University Press, c2006.
Call #: HV6431 .A755 2006

STATISTICS:

United States Department of State, Country Reports on Terrorism [ http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/ ]

United States Department of State Terrorism Related Websites [ terrorism site:state.gov ]

ELECTRONIC INDEXES:
  • ProQuest
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Points of View
  • TOPICSearch

GOOGLE SCHOLAR: intitle:terrorism (search results limited 2000 to 2011, "terrorism" in title)

CITING YOUR SOURCES:

Avoiding Plagiarism (The Online Writing Lab OWL at Perdue University) [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/]
The key to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure you give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied. (OWL)

EasyBib: Free Bibliography Maker [www.easybib.com]

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This pathfinder created 28 February, 2011.

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Mark Jackson,
Feb 28, 2011, 10:45 AM
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