Wednesday, September 01, 2004


Here are some selected enquiries, relating to Sept 11, that have been answered by NLB librarians. Note - The answers posted here have been shortened for brevity.

If you have similar questions, feel free to Ask our Librarians.
Q: Where can I find information about terrorism? (from K. Bte Abu Nain)
A: Books on terrorism may be found under the call number 303.625. You may wish to refer to the following titles:

Title: Understanding terrorism : psychosocial roots, consequences, and interventions / edited by Fathali M. Moghaddam and Anthony J. Marsella.
Publisher: Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2004.
Call no: q303.625 UND
Available at National Reference Library only.

Title: Encyclopedia of terrorism/ Cindy C. Combs and Martin Slann
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Facts on File, 2002.
Call no.: R q303.62503 COM
Available at Jurong Regional Library, National Reference Library and Woodlands Regional Library.

Title: A Faceless Enemy: The Origins of Modern Terrorism/ Glenn E. Schweitzer with Carole Dorsch Schweitzer
Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Perseus, 2002.
Call no.: R 303.625 SCH
Available at National Reference Library only.

You may also wish to refer to the following websites:
Straits Times Interactive,3613,,00.html
Call no.: R 355.03359 DR year 2001-2
- Contains a collection of articles on terrorism that appeared in the Straits Times print edition from Sept 12, 2001 to March 31, 2002. You can find a copy at the National Reference Library

Response to Terrorism - Office of International Information Programs
- Contains latest news, fact sheets, transcripts and statements on the issues of terrorism.

International Policy Institute for Counter -Terrorism
- Provides a list of articles on terrorism as well as database on the list of Terrorist organisations.
It also includes a database which includes selected international terrorist and guerilla attacks
for the years 1986 to the present.

United Nations - Terrorism
- Contains information, articles, reports, news and developments on the fight against terrorism.


Q: I’m conducting research for a school project on September 11. I want to find out Osama’s reasons for attacking the U.S, as well as information on the attacks on the U.S. embassy in 1998. I also want to find out U.S’s reasons for retaliation and what tensions existed between Osama and U.S before September 11. (from Kayal V., Student)
A: You may wish to refer to the following books:

Title: Bin Laden : behind the mask of the terrorist / Adam Robinson
Publisher: Edinburgh : Mainstream, 2001.
Call no.: 303.625092 ROB
Available at most community and regional libraries.

Title: Holy war, Inc. : inside the secret world of Osama bin Laden / Peter L. Bergen
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : G.K. Hall, 2002, c2001.
Call no.: 303.625092 BER
Available at Jurong Regional Library only.

Title: Bin Laden: the man who declared war on America / Yossef Bodansky
Publisher: Rocklin, Calif. : Forum, c1999.
Call no.: 953 8053 BOD
Available at Bedok Community Library, Cheng San Community Library, Jurong Regional Library, Toa Payoh Community Library and library@orchard.

Title: The day that shook the world : understanding September 11th / edited by Jenny Baxter and Malcolm Downing.
Publisher: London : BBC Worldwide, 2001.
Call no.: 973.931 DAY
Available at Ang Mo Kio Community Library, Jurong Regional Library, Sengkang Community Library, Tampines Regional Library and Woodlands Regional Library.


Q: I need to know the historical backgrounds of both the Pentagon and the New York World Trade Center. This includes information on:
1. Everything from conceptualization of building plan to completion of the buildings.
2. Their functions from the past till the present.
3. Their main occupants in the last 2 years. (eg. Finance/ banks occupy over 40% of floor space in xxxx year)
4. The management hierarchy of the buildings.
(from Daniel)
A: Although many direct links about the background of these two buildings are disconnected after the terrorism attacks, there are some other on-line resources in which you can find the relevant information about the buildings:
  • BUILDING BIG: Databank: World Trade Center -
  • Forbes WTC Tenant List -
  • Washington Post World Trade Center Tenant List and Contacts -
  • Pentagon RDF-Sustainable Design -
  • Why is the Pentagon shaped the way it is? -
NLB has also obtained some relevant information for your enquiries from our partners in States. Please refer to the resources below:

A site called Great Buildings, includes images, site plans, 3D model, etc, and it has been updated with the most current information:

For more background on the Pentagon, visit their Web site:

The World Trade Center is managed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey:

More information on management and occupants of the buildings is available news articles, and I refer you specifically to:
The Washington Post -
The New York Times -


Q: I’m looking for information on the 911 terrorist attacks. Can you help? (from S. Hanifah)
A: The relevant books may generally be found under the call numbers 303.625 and 973.931. Here are a few titles for your reference:

Title: September 11, 2001: a record of tragedy, heroism, and hope/ by the editors of New York
Publisher: New York : Hary N. Abrams, 2001
Call No. 303. 625 SEP
Available at Jurong Regional Library, Tampines Regional Library and Woodlands Regional Library.

Title: At ground zero : young reporters who were there tell their stories / edited by Chris Bull & Sam Erman.
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, c2002.
Call no.: 974.71044 AT
Available at Ang Mo Kio Community Library, Cheng San Community Library, Jurong Regional Library, National Reference Library, Woodlands Regional Library and Library@Orchard.

Title: September 11 : a testimony.
Publisher: London : Reuters, 2001.
Call no.: q973.931 SEP
Available at most community libraries.


Q: I’m looking for a description of the Internal Security Act. I would like to find out on the policies adopted in Singapore after the September 11 attack. I need the information for my school project. (from Esther, Student)
A: You may wish to refer to the following:

Title: Why the ISA/ Ministry of Home Affairs.
Publisher: Singapore: Times Book International, 2002.
Call no.: SING 365.45 WHY
Available at most community and regional libraries.

Title: Regional political and security implications of the terror attacks in the United States / Derek da Cunha ... [et al.].
Publisher: Singapore : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2001.
Call no.: RSING q363.320973 REG
Available at National Reference Library Only.

Other sources
You may wish to search for news reports and articles in the Factiva database. This database is available at the multi-media stations at all community and regional libraries. There is a $0.03 per minute charge for using the database and printing costs 30 cents a page. All charges are payable by Cashcard only.

Here are the steps to searching the database:

At main menu, choose "NLB Digital Library" for Service Channel. Then click on "Public Library".
1 - Scroll down to "Databases" and click on "".
2 - At the Factiva page, select the Source” to search from the collapsible menu. You can use the search engine to identify specific sources.
3 - Key in search terms. I used the following keywords:
Subject : singapore and security and ("Sep* 11" or terroris*)
Source: The Straits Times (Singapore); The Business Times; Channel News Asia
Date: All Available Dates
4 - Click on "Run Search" to begin search.

Here are examples of some news found:
  • The Straits Times (Singapore), July 21, 2004, 2,721 words, A framework to beat transnational terror.
  • Channel NewsAsia, November 4, 2003, 315 words, Singapore working on National Security Strategy to fight terrorism effectively.
  • The Straits Times (Singapore), January 9, 2002, 708 words, Singapore details anti-terror actions to UN, Betsy Pisik.
  • Channel NewsAsia, November 8, 2001, 263 words, Singapore must redouble security effort – DPM Tan.
  • Business Times (Singapore), October 4, 2001, 196 words, Tighter security at Changi Airport.

Q: I’m researching on military air power in the new security environment and the use of air power in special force operations, as well as the impact of the September 11 terrorist attacks (New York WTC and Pentagon) on air power. Can you refer me to some relevant sources? (Lim K. K.)
A: You may wish to check up the following books.

Title: America's special forces / David Bohrer.
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : MBI Pub. Co., 2002.
Call no.: q356.1670973 BOH
Available at Sengkang Community Library only.

Title: Airpower : a sentry magazine
Publisher: Granada Hills, Calif. : Sentry Books, [19--]-
Call no.: 358.4005 A
Available at Woodlands Regional Library only.

Title: US special operations command in action / Patrick Allen.
Publisher: Shrewsbury : Airlife, 2002.
Call no.: q356.1670973 ALL
Available at most community and regional libraries.

You may also want to consult the following websites:
Tools of Engagement: Air Power
Description: A look into the possible tools of engagement the U.S. will use to find and target terrorism world wide.

You may wish to further search major news portals such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, etc. for more articles of interest to you. Some possible keywords:
- Sept 11
- terrorist attacks
- world trade center
- pentagon, etc.

Finally, for more information on your topic, you may like to search for magazine/news articles on Proquest Direct or Some suggested keywords:
- air power and September 11
- terrorist attacks and air power, etc.

An example of an article that you may obtain from Proquest is the one below:
Surprise. War Works After All.; Eric Schmitt; New York Times, New York, N.Y.; Nov 18, 2001; Late Edition (East Coast); pg. 4.1
Extract: "The formula for ousting the Taliban from northern Afghanistan looked like this: Use proxy ground forces in combination with overwhelming air power and stealthy commandos, and thus avoid using many American combat troops."