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FYS 1399 Terrorism & Political Violence: Starting Points


This guide has been created to help you with your work in the FYS1399 class Terrorism and Political Violence

  •  Introduction to Library Research -If you are unfamiliar with our resources and how things are arranged, this tutorial is a good place to start.
  •  Jones Information Desk - Please know that any of the staff at this desk can help you find resources, make sure you have a manageable topic to work with, and help you navigate the many different materials we have to make your research a success.

For this class we have set up a number of small group sessions to review and help you complete the assignment on Focusing Your Research Paper, steps 1 & 2.  Here is the schedule of these sessions and the registration link.  Choose the date that suits your schedule, click on it and the registration form will open.

Please email Eileen if you can't make any of the schedule sessions, letting her know when you are available and Sinai or Eileen will be in touch with you.

Finding Lists of Terrorist Groups

How do you find out what countries and regions have terrorist groups and who they are?  The Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State has several sources you can use:

Assignment Tip

For this first essay option on "Terrorism and Nationhood" you might want to think of synonyms for this broad idea: genocide, war crimes, human rights, ethnic cleansing, and other euphemisms for violence.  Recall, too, that these kinds of crime happen on American soil, both currently and in the near and far past: the Klu Klux Klan and militia groups could both be said to be trying to set up a kind of nationhood that may involve wrenchingly violent behavior on their part or wrenchingly violent responses on the part of government agencies.  The many Native Americans who were forced into migration to a reservation (like the Cherokees on the "Trail of Tears") or their children who were intentionally separated from their families to be raised in an Anglo cultural environment could also be said to be victims of such "ethnic cleansing." 

The United Nations

Since its founding in the early 20th century the United Nations has sought to bring nations together to solve international problems.  Their research and legislation covers a wide variety of information pertinent to terrorism and political violence, from state-sponsored terrorism to refuge and displaced persons needs, the growth of terror organizations and their links to nationalistic and fundamentalist movements.

Below are just two of the UN resources that you might use.  To find others, please go to the Electronic Resources Directory and type United Nations into the "Search by Title/Keyword" box to get a full listing of the 20 resources that draw on UN information.

Finding Background Information - Specialized Subject Encyclopedias

The resources listed here will give you a good introduction to your specific topic and will lead you to further sources.  You may be able to cite these encyclopedias in your papers for first year classes; check with your professor on this point.

Reliable General Sources

Don't neglect to start your research with a basic introductory or overview work like Europa WorldPlus or The Statesman's Yearbook.  Getting the basic facts in one easy location can save you a lot of time as you move on to the more intricate aspects of your research.

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