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Resources about Conflict, War and Terrorism

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identifies resources about law enforcement, security, and terrorism
identifies resources about Countries & Governments, Embassies & Consulates, Historical Resources, Immigration, International Organizations, International Students, International Studies, Latin America, Legal Resources, Multicultural Resources, and Statistics & Demographics
provides links to some encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference resources for which the UCF Libraries provide online access, e.g.: Historical Encyclopedia of U.S. Presidential Use of Force 1789-2000, International Conflict - a Chronological Encyclopedia of Conflicts & Their Management 1945-1995, Hutchinson Dictionary of Ancient & Medieval Warfare, Medieval Naval Warfare 1000-1500, Naval Warfare 1815-1914, and Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts. Links for individual countries are provided to titles from the Library of Congress Country Studies and the ABC-CLIO World Bibliographical Series.

Historical Resources

See also Historical Resources - Specific Wars

American Journey Primary Sources
American Memory (Library of Congress)
The digital collections include:
  • Civil War - images, texts, & maps
  • Diplomacy & Foreign Service - oral history, 1940-1990
  • Japanese-American Internment Photographs
  • Pearl Harbor & Public Reactions
  • September 11, 2001, & Public Reactions
  • Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures
  • World War I - speeches, military newspapers, images, & maps
Arms Control & Disarmament Agreements: Texts & Histories of the Negotiations
U.S. Documents AC 1.2: AR5/3/1996
"contains the texts of the Geneva Protocol of 1925 and, in chronological order, all major arms control agreements concluded after World War II in which the United States has been a participant up to May 1988. The text of each agreement is preceded by a brief narrative discussion prepared by the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and is followed by a list of signatories and parties."
Army Heritage Collection Online (U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center)
"The AHEC Digital Document System (DDS) aims to provide patron access to non-library finding aids (i.e., those other than the electronic card catalog) to our holdings as well as to a sample of our holdings of the following items: military publications, reports, transcripts of oral histories, photographs, and digital images of museum artifacts."
"These electronic collections are largely composed of digital versions of paper documents from the Combined Arms Research Library collections."
  • World War II Operational Documents
  • Military History, 1900-1939
  • School of Advanced Military Studies Monographs
  • Fort Leavenworth History
  • Master of Military Art & Science Theses
  • Student Papers, 1930-1936, Command & General Staff School
  • Stability & Support Operations
  • Operational Leadership Experiences lnterview Collection
  • Obsolete Military Manuals
  • Combat Studies Institute - Research Studies, Reports, Surveys, and Bibliographies
  • General Military History
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports
    Open CRS Network (Center for Democracy & Technology)
    "CRS Reports do not become public until a member of Congress releases the report. A number of libraries and non-profit organizations have sought to collect as many of the released reports as possible. Open CRS is a centralized utility that brings together these collections to search."
    CRS Reports (University of North Texas)
    "This site aims to provide integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available at a variety of different Web sites since 1990."
Documents on Disarmament
U.S. Documents AC 1.11/2: (1979-1986)
ERIC Microfiche ED049103 (1969)
annual volumes containing primary documents from the year on arms control & disarmament developments.
Empires at War
by Richard A. Gabriel
Ref U 29 .G232 2005
"This book is about the military capabilities of the empires of the ancient world and the armies, soldiers, technologies, and commanders that made the empire not only the primary means for waging war but also the primary political, economic, and cultural vehicle of human social development for more than 6,000 years."
  • Volume 1: 4000 B.C.E. - 326 B.C.E. -- includes Sumer, Akkad, Egypt, Mitanni, Hatti, Israel, Assyria, China, India, classical Greece, & Persia
  • Volume 2: 218 B.C.E. - 1066 C.E. -- includes Carthage, Republican Rome, the Gallic Wars, Barbarians, Imperial Rome, the Huns, Korea, the Arabs, Charlemagne & the Franks, Vikings, and the Normans & Saxons.
  • Volume 3: 950 C.E. - 1600 C.E. -- includes the Medieval Knight, Crusades, Japanese, Mongols, Swiss, the Hundred Years' War, Byzantines & Ottomans, the empires of the Americas (Aztecs, Incas & Mayas). Concludes with a chapter on the evolution of modern war, 1453-2005 C.E.
Encyclopedia of Conflicts Since World War II
Ref D 843 .E46 1999
  • Roots of War - "outlining the major types of conflicts and the underlying causes of war in the post-World War II era." - Cold War Confrontations; Anti-Colonialism; People's Wars; Coups; Invasions & Border Disputes; Ethnic & Religious Conflicts; Terrorism & International Incidents; International Arms Trade
  • Alliances & Treaties
  • Conflicts - arranged alphabetically according to the most important country involved in the conflict
The Encyclopedia of Military History from 3500 B.C. to the Present
by R. Ernest Dupuy & Trevor N. Dupuy
Ref D 25 .A2 .D8 1977
"consists of a series of chronologically and geographically organized narratives of wars, warfare, and military affairs. The course of recorded history is arbitrarily divided into twenty-one specific time periods, and one chapter is devoted to each period. Each chapter is prefaced by an introductory essay presenting a professional assessment of the principal military trends of the period, including its outstanding leaders, and the general progression of the military art in tactics, strategy, weaponry, organization, and the like. The chronological surveys of the principal wars of the period which follow are treated separately from the regional or national presentations because they possess a significance or geographical scope that extends beyond the confines of a single region. The remainder of each chapter is divided into the major geographical regions known during the era."
Top-pick History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide
Online version
Ref D 210 .H59
Each volume in the series covers thirty conflicts--including ethnic, religious, economic, political, territorial, and environmental conflicts--and provides an essay exploring the background to today's events. Includes a summary of the headline event, historical background, and recent history and the future.
History in Dispute
Online version
Ref D 20 .H56 2000
  • "an ongoing series designed to present, in an informative and lively pro-con format, different perspectives on major historical events drawn from all time periods and from all parts of the globe."
  • "Each entry begins with a brief statement of the opposing points of view on the topic, followed by a short essay summarizing the issue and outlining the controversy. At the heart of the entry...are the two or more lengthy essays...each presenting one side of the dispute.... Entries also include excerpts from primary-source documents, ... detailed entry bibliographies, and photographs or illustrations appropriate to the issue."
  • "Individual volumes in the series concentrate on specific themes, eras, or subjects intended to correspond to the way history is studied at the academic level", e.g. the Cold War, the Middle East since 1945, World War II, the Spanish Civil War, World War I, Revolutionary Russia, the American Revolution, and the Crusades.
The International Encyclopedia of Revolution & Protest: 1500 to the Present
Reference JC 491.I58 2009
"encompasses the most comprehensive examination of modern-era revolutions, uprisings, and protest movements. It chronicles the ideas, ideologies, and activists that propelled these movements, tracing their roots, goals, tactics, successes, and failures."
"provide online access to critical declassified records on issues including U.S. national security, foreign policy, diplomatic and military history, intelligence policy, and more. Updated frequently, the Electronic Briefing Books represent just a small sample of the documents in our published and unpublished collections."
Online Bookshelves (U.S. Army Center of Military History)
print copies of many of these books are also available in the UCF Libraries' U.S. Documents Collection.

Books & Research Materials, Organized by Time Periods:
  • General / Colonial Era
  • Revolutionary War /Early National Era
  • War of 1812 / Early 19th Century
  • Mexican War / Civil War
  • Late Nineteenth Century / War with Spain / Turn of the Century
  • World War I / The Interwar Years
  • World War II / Korean War
  • Vietnam / Cold War Years
  • Desert Shield/Storm / Contingency Operations
  • Global War on Terrorism
CMH Series & Collections:
  • American Forces in Action Series
  • Army Ground Forces Studies
  • Army Regulations
  • CMH Online Oral History Collections
  • Department of the Army Historical Summaries
  • Korean War Commemorative Brochures
  • World War II Commemorative Brochures
  • U.S. Army in the Korean War Series
  • U.S. Army in World War II Series
  • Vietnam Studies
SIPRI Yearbook: Armaments, Disarmament & International Security
General Collection JX 1974 .S75 (1981, 1989+; latest edition in Reference)
"analyses developments in:
  • Security and conflicts
  • Military spending and armaments
  • Non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament

with extensive annexes on arms control and disarmament agreements and a chronology of security- and arms control-related events."
See also SIPRI Data Sets (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)
U.S. Atmospheric Nuclear Weapons Tests (Nuclear Test Personnel Review - NTPR)
Online version
U.S. Documents D 15:10:
"From 1945 to 1962, approximately 235 air, surface, underground, and underwater nuclear weapons tests were executed under the auspices of the Atomic Energy Commission.... The primary purpose of these tests were to verify the principles of nuclear weapons design and to determine the effects of nuclear weapons on both military and civilian targets." These reports for individual tests were concerned primarily with exposures of participating individuals to the effects of low-level ionizing radiation.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set - Armed Forces & Conflicts
See additional information and availability on the International Government page.
"Documents on this home page are arranged chronologically for ease of access. The Battle Streamers contain a brief history of the Navy's role in the war, conflict or operation."
World Conflicts: A Comprehensive Guide to World Strife Since 1945
Ref D 842 .B69 1998
Africa: Algeria, Angola, Burundi & Rwanda, Chad, Congo (Zaire), Ethiopia, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Mozambique, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda; Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam; Middle East: Iran, Iraq, Israel, The Kurds, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen; Europe: The Commonwealth of Independent States, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia; Latin America: Argentina & the Falklands, Central America, Peru, The Drug Wars; Terrorism: Modern Terrorism, The Euro-terrorists, Japan, Nationalist Terrorism, Arab Terrorism, Forlorn Hopes, A Chronicle of Terrorism; Appendices: Wars since 1945, Coups & Revolutions since 1945, Assassinations since 1945

Historical Resources - Specific Wars

This section lists some resources to get started, as well as a few library resources which might otherwise be overlooked.

Civil War, United States, 1861-1865

Browse for books about the U.S. Civil War:
UCF Libraries' Catalog
- particularly E 456 through E 655
Biographical Rosters of Florida's Confederate & Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
Ref E 502.3 .H3 1995
Civil War Books: A Critical Bibliography
Ref Z 1242 .N35
"include both veterans' and widows' applications interfiled, although approved and denied claims are filed separately."
Official Atlas of the Civil War
Atlas G 1201 .S5 U6 1958
see also digitized maps in the American Memory collection
Official Records of the Union & Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion
Online version
General Collection E 591 .U58
War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union & Confederate Armies
Online version
General Collection E 464 .U6 1985

Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Browse for books about the Vietnam War:
UCF Libraries' Catalog
- particularly DS 557 through DS 559.90
Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War
Online version
General Collection DS 557.7 .E53 1996
A Study of Strategic Lessons Learned in Vietnam, 1945-1975
Microfilm D 743.5 .M37 1985 (guide in Ref)

  • Vol. 1 - The Enemy
  • Vol. 2 - South Vietnam
  • Vol. 3 - U.S. foreign policy and Vietnam, 1945-1975
  • Vol. 4 - U.S. domestic factors influencing Vietnam war policy making
  • Vol. 5 - Planning the war
  • Vol. 6 - Conduct of the war
  • Vol. 7 - The soldier
  • Vol. 8 - Results of the war
  • Vol. 9 - Omnibus executive summary

World War I

Browse for books about World War I:
UCF Libraries' Catalog
- particularly D 501 through D 680
Select Reports of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace
Microfilm D 647 .U6 .P3
"Background reports on the history, politics, and economies of the areas to be discussed at the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919, written prior to the conference by scholars directed by President Woodrow Wilson. This is a collection of the major reports used by the American delegation as an aid in their negotiations." [description from Library of Congress bibliography]
  • 8 reels
  • Ref D 647 .U6 .P3 Guide - 8 page guide
World War I Service Cards (Florida State Archives)
"provide name; age; serial number; race; place of birth; and residence; for service men and women who were either from Florida or who entered service in Florida."
World War Poster Collection (University of North Texas)
"Over 600 original World War I and II posters form the World War Poster Collection.... The World War I posters include a number of French examples, while the World War II group consists primarily of American home front posters. War bonds, rationing, enlistment, security, and morale are all topics treated by these artworks. The collection includes posters by such famous artists as Normal Rockwell, Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), and Boris Artzybasheff."

World War II

Browse for books about World War II:
UCF Libraries' Catalog
- particularly D 731 through D 838
America at War, 1941-1945 (University of Richmond)
  • Army Talks "was the newsletter published by the U.S. Army's Orientation Branch for its forces in the European Theatre of Operations. The newsletter carried a variety of information of interest to soldiers including tips for surviving combat, morale boosting articles and information on Allied and enemy forces."
  • G.I. Roundtable - "The G.I. Roundtable pamphlet series was created by the Historical Service Board of the American Historical Association under the direction of the U.S. Army's Division of Education and Information. The intention of the pamphlet series was to educate American military personnel about the reasons they were fighting, the nature of their enemies and their allies and what shape the postwar world would take."
The Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social, & Military History
Ref D 740 .E516 2005
Federal Newsmaps (University of North Texas)
provides digital copies of newsmaps "published by the War Department of the U.S. during World War II. They feature narrative descriptions, photographic essays, and/or poster-like designs on various themes."
"online access to a large collection of World War II publications published by the U.S. government in support of the war effort."
The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of World War II
Ref D 743.5 .M37 1985
World War Poster Collection (University of North Texas)
"Over 600 original World War I and II posters form the World War Poster Collection.... The World War I posters include a number of French examples, while the World War II group consists primarily of American home front posters. War bonds, rationing, enlistment, security, and morale are all topics treated by these artworks. The collection includes posters by such famous artists as Normal Rockwell, Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), and Boris Artzybasheff."
See also: World War II Posters (Illinois State Library)

Literature Resources

This section lists some resources specifically identified for students in the Texts & War course.

See also Literary Research Guides and Databases

Cold War Culture: Media & The Arts, 1945-1990
Ref E 169.12 .S39 1998
Dictionary of Literary Biography
Ref PS 21 .D5
  • American Prose Writers of World War I: A Documentary Volume - v. 216
  • British Poets of the Great War: Brooke, Rosenberg, Thomas: A Documentary Volume - v. 316
Encyclopedia of American War Literature
Ref PS 169 .W27 .E53 2001
Future War Novels: An Annotated Bibliography of Works in English Published Since 1946
Ref PR 888 .W37 .N43 1984
History in Literature: A Reader's Guide to 20th-Century History and the Literature It Inspired
Ref PN 50 .Q56 2004
Literature & Its Times: Profiles of Notable Literary Works & the Historical Events That Inspired Them
Ref PN 50 .L574 1997
See also World Literature & Its Times volumes:
    Latin American Literature & Its Times
    Ref PQ 7081 .M625 1999
    British & Irish Literature & Its Times: Celtic Migrations to the Reform Bill (Beginnings-1830s)
    Ref PR 25 .M67 2001
Literary Criticism Series
Although these series usually focus on critical discussion of the works of specific authors, periodically the volumes include topical articles, e.g.:

    Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism (CMLC)
    Ref PN 610 .C53
    • Sparta in Literature - CMLC 70:145-271
    • The Crusades - CMLC 38:1-144
    Shakespearean Criticism
    Ref PR 2965 .S44
    • War in Shakespeare's Plays - 88:239-379
    Literature Criticism (LC)
    Ref PN 86 .L53
    • Literature of the English Revolution - LC 43:1-58
    Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism (NCLC)
    Ref PN 761 .N5
    • American Civil War in Literature - NCLC 32:1-109
    • French Revolution & English Literature - NCLC 40:96-195
    Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC)
    Ref PN 94 .T83
    • Cold War Literature - TCLC 186:1-136
    • Literature of the Holocaust - TCLC 42:355-450
    • Nuclear Literature: Writings & Criticism in the Nuclear Age - TCLC 46:288-390
    • Spanish Civil War Literature - TCLC 26:311-385
    • World War I Literature - TCLC 34:392-486
    Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC)
    Ref PN 771 .C59
    • Holocaust & the Atomic Bomb: Fifty Years Later - CLC 91:331-382
    • Literature in Response to the September 11 Attacks - CLC 174:1-46
    • Vietnam War in Literature & Film - CLC 91:383-437
    Short Story Criticism (SSC)
    Ref PN 3373 .S56
    • Vietnam War in Short Fiction - SSC 79:83-177
    • World War I Short Fiction - SSC 71:187-347
Search by Subject/Theme to identify poems, stories, essays, plays & speeches about
  • Armies
  • Armor
  • Artillery
  • Assassination
  • Atrocities
  • Battlefields
  • Bullets
  • Cavalry
  • Civil War
  • Conquerors
  • Diplomacy
  • Disarmament
  • Espionage
  • International Relations
  • Military
  • Nationalism
  • Patriotism
  • Revolutions
  • Treason
  • War
  • Weapons
  • etc.
  • In the table of contents section, select "Subjects"
  • Near the top of the next page, change from "Resources & References" to "Play Scenes"
  • On the next page, change from "General topics (broad)" to "Historical events"
  • The resulting list identifies some dramatic scenes dealing with various battles, conflicts, wars
Spanish Civil War in Literature, Film, & Art: An International Bibliography of Secondary Literature
Ref DP 269.8 .I5 .M66 1994
"a bibliography of over 2800 novels, stories, essays and other printed material involving the 'what ifs' of history. The genre has a variety of names, but it is best known as alternate history. In an alternate history, one or more past events are changed and the subsequent effects on history somehow described. This description may comprise the entire plotline of a novel, or it may just provide a brief background to a short story. Perhaps the most common themes in alternate history are 'What if the Nazis won World War II?' and 'What if the Confederacy won the American Civil War?' " The Divergence Chronology can be used to identify works associated with a changed event of a particular year.
Vietnam Experience: A Concise Encyclopedia of American Literature, Songs, & Films
Ref DS 557.73 .H55 1998
Vietnam War Literature: An Annotated Bibliography of Imaginative Works about Americans Fighting in Vietnam
Ref PS 228 .V5 .N49 1996

Statistics & Demographics

See also the resources on the Foreign & International Government page and Data Sets

Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present
Online version
Ref HA 202 .H57 2006
provides U.S. data regarding population, work & welfare, economic structure & performance, economic sectors, and governance & international relations, with downloadable tables and graphs, including:
  • Military Personnel & Casualties, by War & Branch of Service, 1775-1991
  • Active-Duty Military Deaths Resulting from Hostile Action, by Branch of Service, 1980-1998
  • Military Personnel on Active Duty, by Branch of Service & Sex, 1789-1995
  • Military Reserve Personnel, by Branch of Service & Reserve Status, 1946-1996
  • Selected Characteristics of the Armed Forces: Personnel, Draftees, Medical Care, & Military Pay, by War, 1861-1975
  • Selective Service Registrants, by Classification, 1940-1970
  • Defendents Charged with Violation of Selective Service Act, by Disposition of Case, 1945-1970
  • National Defense Outlays & Veterans' Benefits, 1915-1995
  • Federal Budget Outlays for National Defense, 1967-1996
  • Estimated Costs of U.S. Wars, 1775-1992
  • World Military Expenditures: Developing & Developed Countries, the United States, & NATO, 1965-1993
  • U.S. Army Battle Campaigns, 1775-1995
  • U.S. Navy Battle Campaigns, 1776-1995
  • U.S. Air Force & Army Air Force Battle Campaigns, 1916-1991
  • Hostile Engagements with Indians: Military, Civilian, & Indian Casualties, 1866-1891
  • Hostile Engagements with Indians: Military, Civilian, & Indian Casualties, by Place of Action, 1866-1891
  • U.S. Strategic Nuclear Weapons, 1945-1996
  • U.S. Arms Control & Weapons Treaties & Agreements, 1922-1996
  • Veterans: 19 tables regarding numbers, expenditures, compensation, pensions, life insurance, hospital care, patients treated, outpatient medical care, nursing home care, guaranteed or insured loans for veterans, defaults on loans, participation in training programs under GI Bill
The Wages of War, 1816-1965: A Statistical Handbook
by J. David Singer & Melvin Small
Ref U 21.2 .S57 [1972]
provides some data from the Correlates of War Project
  • Individual Wars - ranked in terms of their magnitude, severity and intensity
  • The International System - identifies the amount of war which began, was underway, or which terminated each year in the total system and in its several regional and functional sub-systems
  • Individual Nations - indicates the total amount of war experienced by each nation, and compares & ranks the nations (by region) according to a variety of raw & normalized measures of war experience.
World Military Expenditures & Arms Transfers
Online version (1999-2000)
Online version (1996-1998)
U.S. Documents AC 1.16: (1963/1973-1996)
ASI Microfiche 9824-1 (1961/1971-1997); 7004-32 (1998-2000)
previous titles: World Military Expenditures & Arms Trade; World Military Expenditures; World Arms Trade

Data Sets

See also ICPSR & other sources for data sets and Statistics & Demographics

Center for International Development & Conflict Management (CIDCM)
at The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)
Available data sets include:
  • Replication datasets for various published articles
  • Data on Armed Conflict - both internal & external (1946+)
    • UCDP/PRIO Armed Conflict Dataset
    • Battle Deaths Data
    • Conflict Site Data
    • ACLED - Armed Conflict Location & Event Data
    • Onset & Duration of Intrastate Conflict
  • Data on Governance
    • Polity IIId Project
    • Polyarchy Dataset (1810-2000)
  • Geographical & Resource Datasets
    • Petroleum Dataset
    • Diamond Resources
    • Shared Rivers (1816-1992)
    • Shared River Basin Database
    • Length of International Boundaries (1815+)
  • Economic & Socio-Demographic Data (1945-1994)
    • Demographic Data
    • Ethnic Composition Data
"a longitudinal computer-based library of daily international and domestic events or interactions. The event records in this file describe the actions of approximately 135 countries in the world, both toward one another and within their domestic environments."
Available data sets include:
  • State System Membership (1816-2004)
  • Inter-, Extra- and Intra-State War (1816-1997)
  • Militarized Interstate Disputes (1816-2001)
  • National Material Capabilities (1816-2001)
  • Formal Alliances (1816-2000)
  • Territorial Change (1816-2000)
  • Direct Contiguity (1816-2006)
  • Colonial/Dependency Contiguity (1816-2002)
  • Intergovernmental Organizations - status & membership (1815-2000)
  • Diplomatic Exchange (1817-2005)
  • Bilateral Trade (1870+)
Factor Analyses & Data on Nations
  • Politics & Political Systems
  • Collective Violence
  • Democide
  • Social Diversity
  • Cultural & Socio-Economic Characteristics
  • Human Security
  • The Social Field
Documenting Votes in the UN General Assembly, 1946-2005 (Erik Voeten, George Washington University)
provides a unique identifier for each resolution, the date of the vote, codes for the types of votes, the UN resolution number, the vote-tally, short and long descriptions of the content of the votes, the actual votes by countries, and a hyperlink to the text of the resolution (where available).
International Conflict & Cooperation Data (Paul Hensel, Florida State University)
provides links to various data sets regarding:
  • Militarized Disputes, Crises, & Wars
  • Interstate Rivalry
  • Event Data
  • Internal Conflict Data
  • Other Conflict & Cooperation Data
KEDS Data Sets (Kansas Event Data System)
    Cameo Event Data
    "CAMEO -- Conflict and Mediation Event Observations -- is the new coding scheme we have developed in conjunction with our current research on third-party mediation."
    Modified WEIS Event Codes
    "Most of the codes that are used in the data sets produced by the KEDS project are the standard WEIS codes originally developed by Charles McClelland (see "World Event/Interaction Survey (WEIS) Project, 1966-1978", ICPSR Study No. 5211) However, at various points we have experimented with introducing new codes into WEIS..."
    Levant Data Set
    "a compilation of over twenty-five years of WEIS coded data specifically targeting events relating to states within the Levant."
    Turkey Data Set
    "covers Turkey for the period 3 January 1992 to 31 July 2006 using the CAMEO coding scheme."
    Gulf Data Set
    "covers the states of the Gulf region and the Arabian peninsula for the period 15 April 1979 to 31 March 1999. "
    Central Asia Data Set
    "contain WEIS-coded event data for an assortment of Central Asian states, including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbijan, Kazakstan, Kyrgistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan for the period May 1989 to July 1999."
    Balkans Data Set
    "contains WEIS-coded events for the major actors (including ethnic groups) involved in the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia from April 1989 through July 2003."
    West Africa Data Set
    "contains WEIS-coded events for the major actors in West Africa from January 1989 through February 2002. The data was produced from full-story coding of Reuters articles. Most of the major opposition groups in the Liberian and Sierra leone civil wars are included in the data."
    Political Instability Task Force Worldwide Atrocities Dataset
    "contains about 5,000 records based on reports in international news sources of killings of five or more non-combatants anywhere in the world from January 1995 to the present."
    Levant & Balkans Mediation Data Sets
    "contains tab-delimited files for third-party 'mediation episodes' in the Levant (April 1979 - December 1998) and Balkans (June 1991 - May 1999). A mediation episode is defined as a specific mediator (e.g. USA or UN) meeting with both parties to a conflict within a period of a week; these are aggregated by month."
    International Cooperation & Regional Conflicts Events Data
    "These data sets were generated for the purpose of investigating interactions in regional conflicts. The project has traced events in several regional conflicts (each listed separately)."
  • Archigos - A Data Base on Leaders, 1875-2004
  • Gleditsch & Ward Minimum Distance Data
  • Distance Between Capital Cities
See also SIPRI Yearbook
    Facts on International Relations & Security Trends (FIRST)
    "The integrated database system contains clearly documented information from research institutes around the world. It covers areas in the field of international relations and security, such as hard facts on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and conventional weapons holding, nuclear weapons, chronology, statistics and other reference data."
    Multilateral Peace Operations Database
    "Contains information on all UN and non-UN peace operations from 2000 - present."
    SIPRI Data on Military Expenditure
    "contains time series on military expenditure for the period since 1988 in (a) local currency, at current prices; (b) constant (2005) US dollars (millions); and (c) as a share (%) of gross domestic product (GDP)."
    SIPRI Data on Arms Transfers
    "contains information on all transfers of seven categories of major conventional weapons from 1950 to the present day."
    SIPRI Data on Arms Production
    "contains financial data and employment data for arms-producing companies."
    Database on National Export Control Systems
    "Summary information about the export control system of a particular country."

9-11 Resources

A few publications which may be useful for research include:

The 9/11 Encyclopedia
Reference HV 6432.7 .A85 2008
Pentagon 9/11
U.S. Documents D 1.2:P38/3 [2007]
U.S. Documents C 13.2:C68 [2005]
  • NIST NCSTAR 1, Final Report of the National Construction Safety Team on the Collapses of the World Trade Center Tower
  • NIST NCSTAR 1-1: Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Structural and Life Safety Systems
  • NIST NCSTAR 1-2: Baseline Structural Performance and Aircraft Impact Damage Analysis of the World Trade Center Towers
  • NIST NCSTAR 1-3: Mechanical and Metallurgical Analysis of Structural Steel
  • NIST NCSTAR 1-4: Active Fire Protection Systems
  • NIST NCSTAR 1-5: Reconstruction of the Fires in the World Trade Center Towers
  • NIST NCSTAR 1-6: Structural Fire Response and Probable Collapse Sequence of the World Trade Center Towers
  • NIST NCSTAR 1-7: Occupant Behavior, Egress, and Emergency Communication
  • NIST NCSTAR 1-8: The Emergency Response Operations
U.S. Documents PREX 1.19:In8/W37
U.S. Documents Y 3.2:T27/2/FINAL [2004]
U.S. Documents Y 1.1/5:108-301
U.S. Documents Y 1.1/5:107-351
U.S. Documents FEM 1.2:W 89 [2002]

Terrorism - Key Resources

See also 9-11 Resources and Terrorism - Other Resources

Top-pick America's War Against Terrorism (University of Michigan Documents Center)
provides one of the most comprehensive guides to resources.
Most of the documents listed in this annotated bibliography are also available in the UCF Library.
Top-pick Country Reports on Terrorism / Patterns of Global Terrorism
Online version (2004+)
Online version (2000-2003)
Online version (1995-1999)
Online version (1991+)
Online version (1976+)
U.S. Documents S 1.138: (1986, 1989-2001)
U.S. Documents Microfiche S 1.138: (1987-1988, 1997)
ASI Microfiche 248-33 (1976-1977); 244-10 (1978-1980); 7004-13 (1981+)
previous titles: Patterns of Global Terrorism (1983-2003); Patterns of International Terrorism (1980-1983); International Terrorism (1976-1979); International & Transnational Terrorism--Diagnosis & Prognosis (1976)
HSDL-logo Homeland Security Digital Library (U.S. Naval Postgraduate School)
  • General Collection
    • Major legislation and policy documents
    • Presidential directives and executive orders
    • Speeches and press releases
    • CRS reports
    • GAO reports
    • Think Tank reports
    • Homeland security theses from the Naval Postgraduate School
    • Federal agencies' reports
    • Hearings and testimony
    • State and local agency reports
    • Maps
    • Multi-media sources
  • Newsletters & News Digests
    • Early Bird
    • Nightwatch
    • DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report
    • Homeland Security Report
    • Insurgency Literature Review
    • Regional & Country Watch List
    • Strategic Warning Issues Review
    • Terrorism Literature Report
    • Terrorism Open Source Intelligence Report (TOSIR)
    • Warning Intelligence on the Internet Review (WIIR)
  • I3P Cyber Infrastructure Collection - "focused on identification of information assets in the broad area of information infrastructure protection and cyber security.... Records in this collection point to peer-reviewed publications, books, unpublished papers, technical reports and other materials identified as contributing to research in the field."
NOTE: The UCF Library's federal depository access to the HSDL does not include access to the Restricted Collection.
Top-pick MIPT - Lawson Terrorism Information Center (Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism)
  • Terrorism Incidents & Significant Dates
  • eDocuments - thousands of reports, studies, books and journals, organized into 90 categories such as:
    • Patterns of Global Terrorism
    • Terrorism in the United States
    • First Responders
    • Oklahoma City Bombing
    • Building Security
    • Al Qaeda
    • World Trade Center
    • What You Can Do/Neighborhood Terrorism Prevention
    • Lessons Learned
    • Emergency Management
Free registration provides additional access to:
  • Terrorism Reference Library - "Provides students with an understanding of the complex issue of global terrorism. Explores the roots and evolution of terrorism, covering the nature of contemporary terrorism and terrorist organizations."
  • Encyclopedia of Terrorism - "More than 300 articles provide detailed discussions of the who, what, where, when, and why of terrorism, including definitions of key terms, famous cases, biographies, laws, and law enforcement techniques."
  • War & Terrorism Collection - 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals, plus:
    • Americans at War - "explains to students how mobilization for war and how wars themselves have altered the fabric of everyday life"
    • Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - "covers the history of the conflict, going back to the birth of Zionism at the end of the 19th century"
    • Encyclopedia of Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity - "traces the history of events that qualify as genocide and crimes against humanity, profiles perpetrators and heroes, and explains international laws and law proceedings aimed at ending genocide and crimes against humanity"
    • Encyclopedia of U.S. National Security - "Covers the origin, development, and results of all major national security policies over the last seven decades"
"aims to provide timely guidance on how to disrupt terrorist networks, reduce the incidence of terrorism, and enhance the resilience of U.S. society in the face of the terrorist threat."

Terrorism - Other Resources

Encyclopedia of World Terrorism
Ref HV 6431 .E53 1997
  • Volume 1: Historical background--Background to modern terrorist campaigns--General background to modern terrorism
  • Volume 2: Terrorist groups and campaigns--Middle Eastern terrorism--Radical Muslim terrorism--Terrorism in Latin America
  • Volume 3: Terrorism in the industrialized world--Responses to terrorism--The media and international terrorism
Foreign Terrorist Organizations
Online version (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005)
(most recent lists appear in Country Reports on Terrorism)
Intelligence Resource Program (Federation of American Scientists)
"This site provides a selection of official and unofficial resources on intelligence policy, structure, function, organization and operations."
  • Hot Documents
  • Current News Reports
  • Congressional Materials
  • Intelligence Budget Data
  • Official Documents
  • Worldwide Intelligence Agencies
  • Intelligence Threat Assessments
  • Imagery
  • e-Prints
  • Intelligence Systems & Programs
  • Project on Government Secrecy
  • Terrorism: Resources
"incorporating the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv independent academic institute that studies key issues relating to Israel's national security and Middle East affairs."
"an independent think tank providing expertise in terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, threat vulnerability and risk assessment, intelligence analysis and national security and defense policy."
Terrorism (U.S. Naval Postgraduate School)
"For over 30 years, RAND has been a world leader in terrorism research and analysis. As a public service, RAND disseminates all unclassified research as printed documents or online."
Top-pick Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources
Online version
Ref HV 6431 .T465 2006
"This volume of primary source documents from the Social Issues Primary Source Collection focuses on the issue of terrorism in the last three centuries. International in scope, this volume contains approximately 200 documents, such as speeches, magazine and newspaper articles, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, essays, and much more."

  • Anarchist Terrorism
  • Political Terrorism
  • Insurgent Terrorism
  • Separatist Terrorism
  • Religious Terrorism
  • State-Sponsored Terrorism
  • Global Terrorist Movements
  • Special-Interest Terrorism
  • Counterterrorism
  • Terrorism and Society
Terrorism: Special Studies
Microfilm HV 6431 .T47 1986 (1975-1985)
Microfilm HV 6431 .T4 1989 (1985-1988) - Guide
Microfilm HV 6431 .T4 1992 (1989-1991) - Guide
Microfilm HV 6431 .T4 1996 (1992-1995)
  • Expert analysts dissect specific terrorist acts or types of acts, explore the goals beyond the violence, illuminate the psychology of terrorism, trace the origins and development of terrorist movements, contrast domestic terrorism with extraterritorial threats, compare state-sponsored and independent terrorist activities, and address the formidable problem of developing feasible counter-terrorist measures and policies.
  • 117 reels
  • Print guides for each set are available in the Reference Collection


  • Abbreviations Used for Treaty Sources
  • Treaties with the United States as a Party
  • Other Treaties
  • Treaties by Subject
  • Guides to Researching Treaties

Periodical Articles

See also the databases listed for Foreign & International Government Resources

Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals (AULIMP)
Online version (1988+)
U.S. Documents Ref U 1 .A48 (1962-1987)
indexes significant articles, news items, and editorials from English language military and aeronautical periodicals. A comprehensive list of all journals covered by AULIMP since 1949 is available as the Historical Index of AULIMP titles.
"Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals. The database also includes full text for 245 pamphlets and offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles. Some publications covered in this database include Air Force Comptroller, Army Reserve Magazine, Defence Studies, Global Security Review, JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly, Military Technology, National Review, Combat Edge, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Foreign Affairs, Naval Forces, and many more."
"serves as a guide to articles on military and naval art and science, operational warfare, joint planning, national and international politics, and other areas researched by Joint Forces Staff College faculty, staff, and students."
provides browsing and searching access to many UCF Libraries' subscriptions, including:

  • Civil Wars (1998+)
  • Comparative Strategy (1978+)
  • Conflict Management & Peace Science (2004+)
  • Conflict, Security & Development (2001+)
  • Contemporary Security Policy (1980+)
  • Defence & Peace Economics (1990+)
  • Defence Studies: Official journal of the Joint Services Command and Staff College (2001+)
  • Defense & Security Analysis (1985+)
  • Democracy & Security (2005+)
  • European Security (1992+)
  • Global Change, Peace & Security (1989+)
  • Intelligence & National Security (2001+)
  • International Journal of Intelligence & Counterintelligence (1999+)
  • International Peacekeeping (1994+)
  • Journal of Genocide Research (1999+)
  • Journal of Intervention & Statebuilding (2007+)
  • Journal of Peace Education (2004+)
  • Journal of Slavic Military Studies (2004+)
  • Medicine, Conflict & Survival (1985+)
  • Military Balance (2002+)
  • Nonproliferation Review (2005+)
  • Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (1989+)
  • Science & Global Security: The Technical Basis for Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation Initiatives (2002+)
  • Security Studies (2001+)
  • Small Wars & Insurgencies (1990+)
  • Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (1999+)
  • Terrorism & Political Violence (2001+)

Key Periodicals

Conflict Management & Peace Science
"a quarterly journal containing scientific papers on topics such as: international conflict; arms races; the effect of international trade on political interactions; foreign policy decision making; international mediation; and game theoretic approaches to conflict and cooperation."
Journal of Conflict Resolution
Online version (1957+)
Online version (1957-current year minus 3 years)
General Collection JX 1901 .J6 (1957-2004)
"an interdisciplinary journal of social scientific research and theory on human conflict. The journal focuses largely on international conflict, but also explores a variety of national, intergroup and interpersonal conflicts."
Journal of Peace Research
Online version (1964+)
Online version (1964-current year minus 3 years)
General Collection AS 9 .J6 (1964-2004)
"the premier journal in the field, publishing scholarly work in peace research concentrating on the causes of violence, methods of conflict resolution and ways of sustaining peace."
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
Online version (1992+)
General Collection HM 136 .S85 (2000+)
    General Collection JA 1 .C65 (1978-1983)
    Online version (1977-1991)
"aims to cast new light not only on traditional sources of national and sub-national conflict but also on the range of new and emerging security issues. The journal seeks to publish the best theoretical and empirical studies that contribute to a better understanding of the causes of these conflicts, their escalation, and the measures required to achieve their resolution. In a world of diverse and changing threats, enigmatic adversaries, and continued uncertainty, the goal is to provide fresh insight, thoughtful analysis, and authoritative prescriptions to the most pressing concerns that will affect global security in the 21st century."

Other Periodicals

See also Key Periodicals and titles from Taylor & Francis and the Homeland Security Digital Library.

Directories of Government & Military Periodicals
Homeland Security Affairs
Journal for Peace & Justice Studies
General Collection JX 1901 .J68 (1990+)
Journal of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Peace & Change
Online version (1997+)
Online version (1975-current year minus 12 months)
Peace Watch (U.S. Institute of Peace)
Online version (1996+)
U.S. Documents Y 3.P 31:15-2/ (1994-2001)
    See also United States Institute of Peace Journal
      U.S. Documents Y 3.P 31: 15/ (1989-1994)
War & Society
General Collection HM 36.5 .W35 (1985+)

Additional Sources

Browse Topics (GPO & Oklahoma State University)
"Professional librarians from the Federal depository library community have created a browseable list of Federal Web sites based off broad subject areas. Choose a category and then click on a listing to read a detailed description of the services provided by a site."
  • Defense & Military
    • Armed Forces
    • Intelligence
    • Military History
  • History
    • American Revolution
    • Civil War
    • Korean War
    • Vietnam War
  • International
    • Diplomacy
    • Foreign Country Studies
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Latin America
    • South Asia
CIAO Books (Columbia International Affairs Online)
provides text from various publishers, including:
  • Austrian National Defence Academy
  • Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Center for Defense Information
  • European Union Institute for Security Studies
  • Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
  • Small Arms Survey
  • Stockholm Institute for Peace Research
  • United States Institute of Peace
provides streaming videos through the UCF Libraries' subscription, including:
  • Jihad TV: Terrorism and Mass Media
Florida Dept of Military Affairs, Special Archives publications
Online version
Florida Documents MA B3: S63/
Florida militia muster rolls from the Seminole Indian Wars and various other lists from Spanish garrisons (1565) through Desert Storm (1991).
Library & NetLibrary books:
Browse the UCF Libraries' Catalog for: Browse NetLibrary for:
Reader's Guide to Military History
Ref D 25 .R35 2001
"a work of historiography, designed to provide the reader with both the best sources and a summary of the current debates on each of the topics covered" including coverage of specific conflicts, types of warfare, military theory, the dominant military commanders of each period in time, and national armed forces.
  • Thematic Index - "to see the full range of entries on a regional, chronological, or general-topic basis. The reader can turn to, e.g. all entries on the Middle East, or all 18th-century entries, or those that deal with general subjects, e.g. media & war."
  • Booklist Index - "lists in alphabetical order of author all books and articles discussed in any of the entries, and can be used to locate each time an individual author is cited."
  • General Index - "lists individuals, places, peoples, battles, themes and concepts mentioned in any of the entries."
U.S. Documents PrEx 3.2: IR 1/Update/
  • Volume 1
    • Charles Duelfer's Transmittal Message
    • Acknowledgments
    • Scope Note
    • Regime Strategic Intent
    • Regime Finance & Procurement
    • Regime Strategy & WMD Timeline Events
  • Volume 2
    • Delivery Systems
    • Nuclear
  • Volume 3
    • Iraq's Chemical Warfare Program
    • Biological Warfare
    • Glossary & Acronyms
  • Addendums
    • Prewar Movement of WMD Material Out of Iraq
    • Iraq Detainees: Value to Investigation of Iraq WMD & Current Status
    • Residual Proliferation Risks: People
    • Residual Pre-1991 CBW Stocks in Iraq
    • Residual Proliferation Risk: Equipment & Materials
    • Iraq's Military Industrial Capability--Evolution of the Military Industrialization Commission
Terrorism: Chronologies of Events and Bibliographies by Edward F. Mickolus & others
    Annotated Bibliography on Transnational & International Terrorism
    ASI Microfiche 1977 248-46
    "Annotated bibliography of books, articles, reviews, and speeches on various aspects of transnational and international terrorism, published from the 1800s to Aug. 1976. Prepared by Edward F. Mikolus. Excludes works on domestic incidents having no international connection, and terrorist incidents and groups within the U.S."
    Transnational Terrorism: A Chronology of Events, 1968-1979
    General Collection HV 6431 .M5
    Online version
      The Literature of Terrorism: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography
      General Collection HV 6431 .M53 1980
      Online version
    International Terrorism in the 1980s: A Chronology of Events, Volume I: 1980-1983
    Ref HV 6431 .M494 1980-83 v.1
    International Terrorism in the 1980s: A Chronology of Events, Volume II: 1984-1987
    Ref HV 6431 .M494 1984-87 v.2
      Terrorism, 1980-1987: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography
      General Collection HV 6431 .M54 1988
      Online version
    Terrorism, 1988-1991: A Chronology of Events and A Selective Annotated Bibliography
    General Collection HV 6431 .M5
    Online version
    Terrorism, 1992-1995: A Chronology of Events and A Selective Annotated Bibliography
    General Collection HV 6431 .M499 1997
    Online version
    Terrorism, 1996-2001: A Chronology
    General Collection HV 6431 .M4992 2002
"This timeline is presented in order to give the user the ability to see what major conflicts were going on across the globe in any given year or time period."
U.S. Government Agencies
U.S. Military Intelligence Reports : Surveillance of Radicals in the United States, 1917-1941
Microfilm HN 90 .R3 .U5
"Along with extensive data on radical activities, these records contain a wealth of detail on newly arrived immigrants (one of military intelligence’s favorite targets in the early years covered by the collection). Furthermore, the documents provide valuable inside information on the way in which antisubversive policies were planned and executed at high levels of the federal government, by regional military commanders, and by local authorities. The most copious records in the collection are those covering the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Also well covered in the collection is the incipient American Communist movement. Hardly neglected are various anarchist, socialist, social democratic, and civil libertarian groups whose activities caused concern among military intelligence officers."
  • 34 reels
  • 55 page guide is available in the Reference Collection

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