I'm currently an undergrad student majoring in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. There is a resource available called the Terrorism Research Center, that provides a variety of information and analysis of terrorist groups, events, and other homeland security-related issues. I think that this would be an excellent resource for both HSEP and Political Science students, and request that you look into an academic site license for this service. More information is available online.
From: Tom, undergraduate student
Serena Haroian, Collection Librarian for Business and Public Affairs, responds...
Thank you for the suggestion to consider a subscription to the Terrorism Research Center services. While the Center caters primarily to corporate, military, and government agency clients, they are increasingly aware of the value of their content to the academic community. To this end, they have created an academic product and site license that allows access to the Center’s Knowledge Database. The database provides access to TRC analyst reports, country and terrorist profiles, and weekly intelligence reports. New content is added to the database within 24 to 48 hours of real-time publication.
As with any new resource, we must carefully consider its content, cost, and accessibility. During an informative conversation with a representative from the TRC, he admitted that the price is generally too steep for most academic library budgets. Indeed, the price is quite high and due to budget restraints, VCU Libraries cannot purchase a subscription at this time. Still, we are excited to learn about Terrorism Research Center and will list it for further consideration.
The library has been vigilant in acquiring resources to support the emerging Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness programs. Please consult the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide for journals, reference works, government documents, databases and more.