HNRS 2373/3373 (Dr. Hueston): Honors Seminar: Terrorism in Process of Change

Research Basics

Doing literature based research, evaluating sources, formatting a paper, proper citation, and avoiding plagiarism.

Reference Sources

The library has a number of encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference works that will provide background information on your topic. They include:

Scholarly sources

Scan Radical Islam in Europe and Jihad, Inc..

Which is a scholarly article? Why?

Ulrich's is one tool to find out if a publication is scholarly.


Definition and consequences

See the WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code


Read this paragraph and use it to answer the questions on your work sheet.

APA Citation

Undergraduates, Dr. Hueston is requiring you to use the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Graduate students are to use the parenthetical-reference list style of Turabian's A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations. For formatting and citing your paper. (7th ed.)

Look at these for assistance:

Books and Government Documents

Your textbook will provide you with the information to answer parts 2 and 3 regarding victimology theory and victim typology.

Some of our reference books will also help with organizing and outlining information.

Cornette Library's online catalog has many books, government documents and journal titles relating to victimology and criminal justice.

Journal/Magazine Articles


Finding Articles

You already have specific citation information

  1. Use the Journals A-Z link, which is also in the "Quick Links" dropdown menu.
  2. Enter the journal title - if your citation uses abbreviations, type those.
  3. If we have it for any time period, the title will be returned.
  4. Click the title for a pop-up window that will indicate what dates are available from which sources.
  5. Follow the links to online text, if available.
  6. If not online, check library print holdings.
  7. If still not available, request it on the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

Database Suggestions

Several databases have excellent coverage on terrorism and criminal justice generally. You can search them directly from the "Quick Links" dropdown list on the library home page, or from these links:

Power Search - Criminal Justice
Simultaneous search of several appropriate database sources. CANNOT limit results to just full-text or scholarly sources. Create a personal username to save search results.
Academic Search Complete
Good general purpose database. Does allow limiting results to full-text and scholarly sources only. Use personalization features to make efficient use of your time.
Contains the journals Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Terrorism and Political Violence
Sage Journals Online
EXCELLENT coverage, with full-text dating primarily from 1999-present.

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Web Sites

These sites will be particularly useful in finding information about various aspects of terrorism.

Cornette Library Webguides

Links to sites with substantive information about the specialized topic.

Reliable Web Sites

These sites have reliable information and statistics for your topics.

National Counterterrorism Center
Central government site for information about terrorism. The Worldwide Incidents Tracking System provides a clickable map and a search feature to locate occurrences by country, by date, by method and more.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Contains text of numerous special reports on crime issues published by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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