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September 11 in Context

Lovejoy Library has selected authoritative, in-depth sources for those who wish to learn more about the many issues surrounding the events of September 11.

Issues and Background
  • The Fractured Landscape ( The Chronicle Review)
    In the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, The Chronicle of Higher Education asked scholars in a variety of disciplines to reflect on those events.
  • Frontline: A Selection of Background Reading (PBS)
    Originally prepared for PBS Frontline's Hunting Bin Laden, these links include readings about the U.S. and Islam, Muslims in America, international terrorism, the National Commission on Terrorism, the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (Hart-Rudman), the U.S. embassy bombings trial, the World Trade Center, Osama bin Laden, Afghanistan, and more.
  • Islamic Studies, Islam, Arabic, and Religion (University of Georgia Department of Religion)
    This Islamic studies website covers the areas of Islam, Arabic, and religion (focusing on Western religions). It is particularly intended for students and teachers at all levels, as well as for members of the general public who want a non-polemical view of Islam (including Sunni Islam, Shi'ism, and Sufism) and to a lesser extent of Judaism and Christianity.
  • Internet Islamic History Sourcebook (Fordham University History Department)
    A large site with information about all aspects of Islamic culture and history beginning with the pre-Islamic Arab world. It includes many documents on Islam and the West, Islamic faith and theology, and Islamic nationalism. Maps and additional Web links are also provided.
  • The Triumph of Terrorism ( The Atlantic Monthly)
    A collection of Atlantic Monthly articles gives insight into international terrorism.
  • U.S. Attack and Aftermath (Librarians' Index to the Internet)
    Links to information about terrorism, the World Trade Center, children and violence, Arab Americans, the Taliban, Afghanistan, Islam, U.S. foreign relations, and more.
  • FindLaw Special Coverage: War on Terrorism (FindLaw Legal News)
    Reports, statements, press releases, and other documents on terrorism from the White House, U.S. military, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Congressional Research Service, the Rand Corporation, NATO, and others.
News Sources
  • National Newspapers (ProQuest)
    Full text from nine major U.S. newspapers: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Available to SIUE users only.
  • Newspaper Source (EBSCO)
    Selected articles from more than 140 U.S. and international newspapers. Available to SIUE users only.
  • Online Newspapers (Internet Public Library)
    Links to the online editions of hundreds of international newspapers.
  • Yahoo! News
    Links to magazine and newspaper articles, opinions and editorials, and related Web sites.
  • Attack on America: Background (BBC News)
    Analyses, profiles, timelines, and in-depth stories by BBC correspondents around the world. Topics include Afghanistan, the Taliban, Osama bin Laden, New York City, American military, diplomatic, and legal options, the UK perspective on the issues, economic impact, and more.
Official Sources
  • FirstGov (General Services Administration)
    Government information about the U.S. response to the attacks, victims and their families, travel, law enforcement leads, and volunteer opportunities. Agencies represented include the White House, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Departments of State and Defense, and the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    Includes Afghanistan humanitarian updates, profiles of Afghanistan and Pakistan, press releases, background papers, maps, and statistics. Enter "afghanistan" in the "Search UNHCR Online" form.
If you have questions or comments about this research guide, please contact Lovejoy Library.