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Academic research into terrorists and terrorism is made available outside of journals and books. Working papers and other documents can be found at the following websites, using a combination of key word searches – terrorism, terrorist, radicalisation, or country names – many studies of interest can be located, many more than can be easily read, in this researchers lifetime….

Social Science Research Network – use this link to search for papers

International Studies Association
– use the paper archives to search for working and discussion papers

Other websites which also have material of interest but require institutional accounts include;
JSTOR – requires a log-in, content published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Index Islamicus – A website that provides what must be once of the most comprehensive bibliographies of material related to Islam and the Muslim world. Access is through the Brill Online website. There are full text documents, but references to books, book chapters and articles.

A number of terrorism databases also exist including

Global Terrorism Database

According to the website, “he Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world from 1970 through 2010 (with annual updates planned for the future). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 98,000 cases.”

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)

Hosted by the United States Government National Counter-Terrorism Center, according to the website, “The National Counterterrorism Center has launched the next generation of the Worldwide Incidents Tracking System. WITS NextGen includes improved filters to tailor searches and find the exact data you need. You can customize how you view your results and create charts and graphs to display them visually. WITS NextGen also provides a new mapping capability. This feature enables you to plot terrorist incidents using Google Maps or Google Earth and produce cluster, heat, or density maps. You also can plot incidents over time, showing chronological changes on a map by merely sliding a pointer. The WITS data remains the same high quality, authoritative source you have come to rely on for your research needs. WITS NextGen makes it easier to use, analyze, and share.”

RAND Database of Worldwide Terrorism Incidents (RDWTI)

According to the website, “In 1972, shortly after the terrorist attacks at the Munich Olympics and the Red Army attack on Lod Airport in Israel, the U.S. government formed the first official government body charged with fighting terrorism, the Cabinet Committee to Combat Terrorism. This Committee asked RAND to examine recent trends in terrorism, prompting a team of RAND analysts to begin development of a database – the first of its kind – known initially as the RAND Terrorism Chronology. The Federal government imported RAND’s database in the 1980s and built on it from there. RAND continued to develop the original and to use it, along with a parallel compilation of detailed case studies, to describe terrorism empirically so that the phenomenon could be systematically analyzed. As the database grew and evolved, it became an increasingly valuable tool for discerning trends in terrorist tactics and targeting and other developments. The database enabled RAND to inform government policymakers on how terrorists made decisions, managed their violent attacks and manipulated fear; how they viewed hostage situations and bargained in them, and how they viewed nuclear weapons; and what resources they were able to mobilize. To cite just a few examples, RAND analyses helped shape the first instructions to American officials going into high-risk posts, and informed the design and construction of diplomatic facilities abroad and the formulation of nuclear security measures in the United States.”

Janes Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (Requires a subscription)