This assignment, in accordance with undergraduate academic endeavors, provides an opportunity to evaluate assimilation of the course topics, and sharpen and evaluate students’ research & critical thinking skills. The assignment is driven & tested by a combination of course materials and external self-led research; analyzed and presented in essay form.

Please review the attached information literacy tools for help researching and writing this paper.

Type: This assignment consists of a research analysis paper approximately four to six pages in length, double-spaced (This page count does not include a title page, abstract (optional), table of contents (optional), Reference/Bibliography page(s) (please see the course overview for information on the Chicago writing style). The source material should result primarily from self-led external research of scholarly articles. In addition, the course required reading materials may be used. The paper should have four to six pages of content which are the written results of your research efforts.

Topic: Choose a international terrorist incident, organization, leader, or development from outside the United States. You can go as far back in history as you can find good references and sources. Make sure you narrow down your topic. Your paper can not be a simple historical description of what happened, but it should also include analysis and content learned about the topic. What were the implications and consequences of the topic to the present and future? Your final paper will be on a domestic terrorism topic chosen by you.

You may use this reference for ideas, but keep in mind that this cannot be about a domestic American terrorism topic That is the focus of your final paper.

Plagiarism Note: This paper must be an original contribution internal and external from this class. It is a form of plagiarism to substantially use the same paper for academic credit more than once. Also, your final paper can not be a continuation of the first paper. You must choose a second subject matter for your final paper.

Citation and Reference Style

Attention Please: Students will follow the Chicago Style as the sole citation and reference style used in written work submitted as part of coursework to the course. A quick guide may be found at: The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. The Author-Date system is recommended.

All written submissions should be submitted in Times New Roman 12pt font with 1″ margins, typewritten in double-spaced format. College-level work is expected to be free of grammar, usage, and style errors.

Requirements: 4-6 pages

Information Literacy: Your Key to Success

Please find below links to information that will help you with your research and writing assignments in our class. By: Carl Bradshaw

Develop a Topic: and Intelligence Studies Research Guide

Research: What is scholarly? and APUS Library Search

Write: and The Writing Process

Format: Use the Chicago Style; author-date is recommended. and Paper Example

Don’t Plagiarize: and Tips from Turnitin


Meet your Librarians, they are ready to help you.

TIP: The many ways you can contact librarians for assistance are available at this site. Jason Anderson specializes on Intelligence Studies.


Have a research question?

From the APUS Trefry Libarary: “LibAnswers is a searchable knowledge base of frequently-asked questions (FAQ) about research, writing, citing and more.  Use the search box toward the top of the page to find answers.  Or, browse FAQs by topic, popularity, etc.

Don’t see an answer to your question?  Contact your friendly APUS librarians!  We are standing by 365 days per year.”

TIP: Did you know you can call, e-mail, text, chat, and contact APUS librarians in most ways 365 days a year? There are links at LibAnswers for all of these methods.


Why not check out the Intelligence Studies Research Guide?

“Welcome to the Intelligence Studies Program Guide:

This guide provides pointers for getting started with your research. It includes links to key library subscription resources, including article databases, journals, and books, as well as open web content. If you would like additional help with your research projects, or with learning how to use library resources, don’t hesitate to contact the library.”

TIP: From that site you can e-mail Jason Anderson, who specializes in Intelligence Studies, and he will get you going in the right direction.


Want to build your research skills?


Research@APUS is designed to help you build strong foundational research skills, and then develop those skills as you advance through your coursework. Whether you are an undergraduate student who needs to find sources for an essay, or a graduate student reviewing the literature for your capstone or dissertation, this site has resources to guide you.”

TIP: Tertiary sources (encyclopedias, bibliographies, handbooks, dictionaries, Wikipedia) should not be used in academic papers. Learn what scholarly, primary, and secondary sources are and how to use them at this site.


Want to build your writing skills?


Welcome to Writing@APUS! This resource has been designed to supplement and complement writing instruction delivered in American Public University System courses, as well as provide a writing reference resource for APUS writers across disciplines.

Librarians have compiled resources to provide guidance and strategies to help with the writing process and to give you options in case you are having difficulties. Everyone has his or her own way of getting through the writing process, so whether you go section by section or jump right to the citation examples, our goal is to provide help for your most frequently asked questions.”

TIP: “™ offers online homework help and learning resources by connecting students to certified tutors for one-on-one help. AMU and APU students are eligible for 10 free hours* of tutoring provided by APUS.  Tutors are available 24/7 unless otherwise noted.™ also has a SkillCenter Resource Library offering educational resources, worksheets, videos, websites and career help. Accessing these resources does not count against tutoring hours and is also available 24/7.”