History of Modern Terrorism

Welcome to the Research Guide for your Modern Terrorism course.

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In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to journal articles, ebooks, and print books in the on-campus collection. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be.  You may also want to check the Strategic Intelligence Research Guide for additional potential sources. 

If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus and are required to log in, use your student portal user name and password to gain access. If you have difficulty with the website or accessing any resources, please let library staff know by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu or  library@phc.edu. 

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Selected Journals 

You can search for articles by title, author, keyword, and phrase or you can browse a specific linked from the library's Periodical Listing.

  • The Economist (In print and online, 2001 to Present)

  • Current history: a journal of world affairs (In print, 2001-Present, Online 1988 to 2010)


  • 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 collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.

Created: Dr. Gordon Middleton/Thornhill, 2016. Last updated:  Thornhill, 2023. 

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