How do I find information about homeland security?
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2021     Views: 15

When searching for information on Homeland Security, unless you are interested in the actual U.S. Department of Homeland Security, you will want to try using phrases like “national security” or "domestic terrorism."

For an overview on the topic, start your research in the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database.

You can find this database on the Library’s homepage under Popular Databases.

Copy and paste this search into the search box:

national security

This will open with an overview of the topic and limiters immediately below it of different types of content, such as Viewpoints (for pro/con type articles), Magazines, or Reference. Once a content type is selected, you can then click on the Subjects box on the right side of the page to further narrow results.

Also try searching:

domestic terrorism

If you do need information on the US Department of Homeland Security Department, look for:

Department of Homeland Security

Need more?

For more information, try one of our other databases, like International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center, a more specialized database related to the topic.

  1. Click on the Research Databases icon on the homepage, then select the “S” from the alphabetical list.
  2. Select the International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center link from the list.

Copy and paste the searches below into the search box (separately): 

TI "national security" AND TI "foreign policy"

TI "national security" AND SU privacy

Here are some other tips that can help:

  • The two letters SU or TI before the terms is a way of limiting the search to specific parts of the article to help narrow the search. SU = Subject and TI = Title. 
  • Use the Advanced Search link to select these and other fields. The quotation marks tell the database to search for the terms as a phrase as in "global warming."
  • Parentheses, in general, allow either/or searches. For example, (cats OR dogs).
  • The asterisk (*) is called a wildcard, which means if you search for child*, it will retrieve child, children and childhood.
  • Use the publication date limiter to find recent articles.

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