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While the events of September 11, 2001, are often abbreviated and referred to by two numbers (“9/11”), the breadth of content that discusses, analyzes, memorializes, depicts, and documents that tragic day can be daunting to navigate.

When researching world events, it is best to view both primary and secondary resources from that point in time. Below is a short list of vetted resources for teaching and aiding discussion about September 11, 2001. We hope these sources assist you in learning more about one of the "day[s] which will live in infamy."

Reliable 9/11 resources:

1. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum has a very moving website. There is even a link for lesson plans (under Teach + Learn), and a timeline of events.

2. The Library of Congress’ "Today in History."

3. ProQuest resources

a. 2,663,495 total results (2,283,299 are full-text)
b. 64,332 ebooks

>> Leading Issues in SIRS.

a. Check out its LibGuide.

b. In SIRS Issues Researcher, explore a variety of related topics, such as racial profiling, the Ground Zero memorial project, Afghanistan, and personal safety.

>> Digital National Security Archive (DNSA): Collections include Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968-2002, a collection of 1,509 formerly secret documents covering terrorism from the July 1968 hijacking of an El Al jet to the aftermath of 9/11, and devoting special attention to the Middle East and Southwest Asia; as well as coverage of terrorism in other collections

>> ProQuest Historical Newspapers™

>> ProQuest Congressional: Hearings, records, and CRS Reports, 89,000+ documents (searching with subject term “terrorism”)

>> Twentieth Century House of Commons Parliamentary Papers: Committee reports and many other documents on terrorism, such as 2001/02 HC 384 House of Commons. Foreign Affairs Committee. Foreign policy aspects of the war against terrorism


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11 Sep 2014

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