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An Explanation of the Format Used in the Terrorism Bibliography

This document replaces and greatly expands two previous documents, Annotated Bibliography of Government Documents Related to the Threat of Terrorism and the Attacks of September 11, 2001, Volumes 1 and 2. The entirety of both documents is included in this new edition, though their entries have been dispersed throughout the appropriate sections.

The bibliography is arranged alphabetically by document title within broad subject areas, such as WEAPONS of MASS DESTRUCTION, AFGHANISTAN, and ORGANIZING the GOVERNMENT to COMBAT TERRORISM.

These areas are not mutually exclusive, as one Congressional hearing may contain testimony concerning weapons of mass destruction, Afghanistan, and attempts by the U.S. Government to deal with both by reorganizing, creating a new commission, etc. In such cases, I have placed the entry in the category it most directly or voluminously concerns. This is, admittedly, a subjective determination in many cases.

Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) numbers are included for those documents to which they have been assigned within the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Some documents, most commonly websites, lack these numbers. The SuDoc number is the easiest method of access to documents that are part of the FDLP.

Many printed documents have Internet analogues, and many federal documents are now released solely on the Internet. For these materials, online addresses have been provided and verified.

For most materials, I have included such bibliographic information as author or responsible agency, title, journal or periodical title, Congress (i.e., 108th) if appropriate, date of creation, date of publication, number of pages, and format notes. Many documents will lack one or more of these elements, but I have done my best to provide consistent citations.

Annotations are of two kinds. Some documents contain sections of text, testimony, or summaries that clearly indicate the nature of the material contained in the document, or which elaborate upon the document title. When possible, such documents have been quoted verbatim in the annotation. For documents that, due to content or format do not provide such convenient quotations, I have created original annotations. This is the situation for only a small number of documents, and original annotations are brief and descriptive of the subjects covered only. The original annotations can be identified by their lack of quotation marks. Quoted annotations are clearly the preferred practice, to keep the entries completely neutral and free from any political or ideological bent of the author. To this end, I have also attempted to choose quoted annotations not only for informative content , but have also sought to refrain from quoting segments that are clearly hyperbolic, inflammatory, ad hominem invective, and the like (most commonly an issue in congressional hearings). This document is intended for the use of all, regardless of political or ideological allegiance.

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