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Justice Studies 255 - Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System - Altavilla: Home

This guide provides search strategies and recommended resources for research in AJ 255 with Professor Altavilla.

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Your Assignments

photo of white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, VA in August 2017 as counter protestors look on


Your research assignments for this course include weekly 1-page Topic Scanning Papers and a 6-8 page Research Paper that require you to find:

  • media reports on current and past foreign and domestic terrorist/extremist attacks; and
  • scholarly sources on topics regarding terrorist activity and the U.S. response to terrorism since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Image: White supremacists marching in Charlottesville, VA in August 2017 as counter protestors look on, from the video Documenting Hate: Charlottesville. For more information about domestic terrorism, and some public reactions to video, see PBS Public Editor Madhulika Sikka's blog post.

Getting Started

The information on the following tabs of this guide will help you identify keywords for your topic, find and evaluate different types of sources, and cite your sources.

If you need more help with your research, contact a librarian by chat, phone, email, or in person, or explore the library's online tutorials.

For writing help, contact the Writing Center in the Cartwright Learning Resources Center (CLRC). The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring and a variety of helpful support materials.

SBCC Reads Fall 2018: When They Call You A Terrorist

This fall's SBCC Reads book, When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoirrelates to this course! Co-author Patrisse Khan-Cullors will be at SBCC on November 15, 2018 to deliver the Annual Leonardo Dorantes Lecture. See the SBCC Reads 2018 Fall research guide for more information and links to related resources.

Libraries and the USA PATRIOT Act

Though libraries seek to represent multiple points of view in the resources they include in their collections, regardless of librarians' personal opinions on the topic, they are not neutral when it comes to policies that affect access to that information. See the American Library Association Issues & Advocacy page about the USA PATRIOT Act for more information.

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