Friday, June 12, 2009

Praeger Security International now available

Praeger Security International, from Greenwood Publishing, is now available on our home page. We currently have it on a trial basis, but my boss informs me that we'll have full access to it starting in July! That should be good news for those of you who may be interested in Reinhardt's planned Homeland Security programs. (Click here for some more information about that).

PSI bills itself as a "one-stop source" for information about terrorism and security, with information on such important and "hot-button" topics as information security, energy security, human trafficking, counterinsurgency, natural disasters, military reform and law enforcement. The database contains over 600 books, adding approximately 70 titles a year. Some resources are actually uploaded to the database before the print versions hit store shelves. There's also a news feed from external sources, so you can link to top stories on other sites (that's how I ended up on the other day).

There are 1,000 primary documents accessible through the database. There's also a comprehensive chronology of terrorist incidents from 1968 to the present. The site is updated with weekly commentary by scholars and experts in the field.

PSI promises to deliver "in-depth analysis of the security issues that threaten to destabilize our world."

The Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center is always seeking out new and useful resources for our students, faculty and staff, and I think PSI is going to prove to be a very interesting addition to our database collection!

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