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History of Modern Terrorism

Welcome to the Research Guide for your Modern Terrorism course.

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The suggested databases are accessible from this page and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check the location and the availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here and through the library home page.
Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu 

On-Campus Collection

Many of the required readings and textbooks are on reserve and are available for 2 hour check out, in-library use only, at the library circulation desk. Additional resources can be found in the HV 6000 - 8000 area of the library including the following:

  • Oxford Dictionary of the Modern Islamic World, vols. 1-4 at  Ref DS 35.53 .O95 1995.

  • Terrorism: Essential Primary Source Documents / K. Lee Lerner at HV6431 .T465 2006

  • Making of a Terrorist, vols. 1- 3 at HV 6431 .M353 2006

  • Middle East Patterns, 4th edition / Colbert C. Held, at DS 44 .H418 2006.

  • Talking to Terrorists: Understanding the psycho-social motivations of militant jihadi terrorists, mass hostage takers... / Anne Speckland at HV 6431 .S6496 2012

  • Voices of Terror: manifestos, writings, and manuals of Al Qaeda, Hamas and Other Terrorists... /edited by Walter Laqueur at HV 643 .V65 2004

Selected Journals


  • Stratfor is a news analysis provider that covers political, economic, and military developments from around the world, including breaking news.

  • For specific and current information by country, check out the CIA's World Factbook and the BBC's Country Profile's. Additionally, the BBC offers breaking news stories from the Middle East.

  • ProQuest and Academic Search Premier provide access to thousands of current general and subject specific scholarly journal articles.

  • LexisNexis provides access to wide range of news (full-text newspapers) business, government, legal and reference information.

Internet Resources

  • Council on Foreign Relations is an independent research and policy analysis center focusing on complex foreign policy issues.

  • Heritage Foundation as a conservative "think tank" provides research and promotes international policies inline with their values of individual freedom and strong national defense.

  • Brookings Institute provides research and formulates policy recommendations on a variety of issues including international conflicts.

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies - Middle East Desk analyzes national security and foreign policy issues related to the Middle East.

  • In-country newspapers in English may be located through a general google search and helpful in identifying key people, places and events.

Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and APA styling formats. 

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar, subjects. 
  • Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat. If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, you may use the form on the website or request assistance from any of the library staff. Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.

Created: Prof. Mickahail Adeeb/Thornhill, 2016. Updated: Thornhill, 2017.  

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