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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

go to   Web Site Links        Online Databases (RHC Students only)         Books        Library Catalog      Media        Articles       

Text-only version for printing     

Web Site Links     top

America's War Against Terrorism

Extensive links in outline form to sites dealing with the September 11th attacks and aftermath.  Includes mainly U.S. and world news sites and government sites addressing topics related to Terrorism centered around 9/11.

CDI : Center for Defense Information

CDI's terrorism website is designed to provide insights, in-depth analysis and facts on military, security and foreign policy challenges as the U.S. and the world faces terrorism.

Chemical & Biological Weapons Resource Page

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies provides links to threat assessment, response, counter terrorism, domestic preparedness, and funding to combat terrorism at this site.

Guide to Law Online : Terrorism Law

The Guide to Law Online is an annotated compendium of sources accessible through the Internet.  Links provide access to primary documents, legal commentary, and general government information about specific jurisdictions and topics.

Homeland Security

The website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides news stories and bulletins concerning U.S. security.  It also provides information on the organization and policies of this newly created department.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

This site from the U.S. State Department includes links to Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS) and Issue Briefs.

Terrorism and Homeland Security

Sponsored by the Rand Corporation, this website consists or research on terrorism and homeland security, including predictions of future trends and areas of vulnerability.

"The USA Patriot Act"
The USA Patriot Act :  a Sketch

U.S. Patriot Act Reauthorization in Brief

These reports by Congressional Research service American Law Division Senior Specialist Charles Doyle summarize the most important provision of the Patriot Act, form the original act passed October 26, 2001 and in the reauthorization of 2005, along with discussion of areas of concern.  The first report summarizes the main points of the original longer The USA PATRIOT Act : A Legal Analysis (

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Brochures, documents, reports on terrorism.  The role of the UN in prevention of terrorism is covered, and explains UN conventions against use of terrorism.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)    top

You can enter 'terrorism' in the Subject Heading field or scroll down to Terrorism in the 'Leading Issues' in the List Box just below.  Under the List Box results, there are tabs which can give you a synopsis of the topic.  There are several formats to review, including newspapers, magazines, Websites, etc.

Books     top
The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Civil liberties in America : a reference handbook (Contemporary world issues)
Call number: Ref KF4749.W35 2004

Dictionary of terrorism
Call number: Ref HV6431.T56 2004

Encyclopedia of terrorism
Call number: Ref HV6431.C65 2002

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

National security--Law and legislation--United States

September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

Terrorism--Computer network resources

Terrorism--Economic aspects

Terrorism--Religious aspects--Islam

Terrorism--United States

Terrorism--United States--Prevention

War on Terrorism, 2001-

Library Catalog     top
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo College Library.

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Media     top
The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Trail of a terrorist
Call number: Video 00070
On December 14, 1999, Algerian born terrorist Ahmed Ressam was arrested in Port Angeles, Washington, bound for Los Angeles International Airport with a trunk full of explosives. This program traces Ressam's training in Bin Laden's camps, his travels within the international terrorist network, his entry into Canada, apprehension, trial and imprisonment and, most recently, his cooperation with authorities in exchange for a reduced sentence

Articles   top
The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databasesPlease note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The sample searches and articles below are from the ProQuest database.  If you are viewing this subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the links below.   To gain access if you are at home or off-campus, first click here:  Input your student ID number and password [your birthdate].  You will see a list of all the online databases to which you have access.  Click on ProQuest and enter the database.  You may conduct your own searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and click on any of the links below:

SUB(terrorism) [from Scholarly Journals only]
("War on Terror")
SUB(terrorism) AND (causes) OR (breeding ground)
SUB(terrorism) AND SUB(religious fundamentalism)

Researched and evaluated by:
M. Hogarth, Librarian 9/1999
last update: T. Shacklett, Librarian 12/2009


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