TITLE: National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism
Access: http://www.mipt.org/

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, librarians have faced the challenges of learning a whole new sphere of resources on homeland security and emergency management. The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) Web site offers a good starting point for current affairs research on terrorism and security. Incorporated in Oklahoma in 1999 following the Murrah Building bombing, the institute serves as a living memorial as well as an educational tool. MIPT's mission is to serve as a resource for "first responders," and the organization has also received a special Congressional appropriation to research terrorism and preventive technologies. The variety of full-text documents and data that is available on the institute's Web site makes it a noteworthy resource for domestic and foreign terrorism and security information.

The main page offers a number of access points to its resources. Most prominent is the section entitled "Digital Library" which links to more than forty very recent PDF documents, ranging from a Government Accountability Office report on homeland security to a Congressional Research Service report entitled Terrorism in South Asia. "Terrorism Knowledge Base" provides access to material collected over the past 35 years, and is largely based on Rand Corporation data. Subject access points to the terrorism statistics allow the user to search by group and ideology, by key leader's name, prosecution status and by date of terrorist incident. Data is very current and contains updates within the last month. Extremely useful are the accompanying analytical tools, such as the graph wizard, which allow the researcher to create graphs, tables or charts displaying data according to need. "Information Resources" offers an extensive list of books, articles, timelines and organization/government reports, most of which are provided in full-text format.

Librarians will also want to investigate "Physical Library," a growing resource of thousands of books, reports, studies and journals. The library strives to become a clearinghouse for material related to terrorism, and offers a search feature for exploring all of its print and electronic holdings.

"Lessons Learned Information Sharing" highlights best practices as discussed in conference and report findings. The site also includes "Conference Calendar" for upcoming events, and features a listing of significant worldwide terrorism incidents and dates.

The MIPT site provides a wealth of data, full-text documents, chronologies, links and contacts for those interested in up-to-date resources on terrorism and homeland security. The site is comprehensive, with detailed content but a user-friendly feel, and is recommended for students, faculty, librarians and interested community members.

Barbara Hillson
George Mason University
bhillson@gmu.edu


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