Researcher Resources That No One Told Me About

Resources for (very) early-career researchers, project assistants, students, and interns in security, extremism, and counter-terrorism

Number one tip for research that no one told me as a student:

General Research

Bellingcat’s Online Investigation Toolkit

The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine

First Draft News’ Toolkit

First Draft News’ Visual Verification Guide

First Draft News’ TikTok Monitoring Guide and OSINT Cheat Sheet

First Draft News’ Guide to Approaching Social Sources

SMAT

The OSINT Curious Project Resource List

Tactical Tech’s The Kit

VOX-Pol Researcher Resources

OSINT Combine Free Tools

Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Listservs

Digital Methods Initiative ToolDatabase

Duke Lab Global Fact-Checking Sites

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s guide for Handling Traumatic Imagery: Developing a Standard Operating Procedure

First Draft News’ Journalism and Vicarious Trauma: A Guide for Journalists, Editors and News Organisations

Deborah Lupton’s Guide to Doing Fieldwork in a Pandemic

Stanford’s Doing Ethnography Remotely

Field Research: A Graduate Students Guide

Symbols and Terminology

The Anti-Defamation League’s Hate on Display™ Hate Symbols Database

Moonshot Incel’s: A Guide to Symbols and Terminology

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism’s Small Arms and Light Weapons Glossary and Bibliography

Databases

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Extremist Files

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Terror from the Right

Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map”

SPLC Hate Map for 2020.

Moonshot’s Domestic Violent Extremist Mobilization in the United States

State-level infographics using aggregated metadata collected on Google Search from September 2020 until March 2021 related to Domestic Violent Extremist mobilizations in Washington State. The infographic shows that the top searches were for ‘Anarchist Cookbook’, ‘qanon plan to save the world’, and ‘FEMA concentration camps’.
State-level infographics using aggregated metadata collected on Google Search from September 2020 until March 2021 related to Domestic Violent Extremist mobilizations in Washington State. The infographic shows that the top searches were for ‘Anarchist Cookbook’, ‘qanon plan to save the world’, and ‘FEMA concentration camps’.
Moonshot CVE infographic for Washington state.

Everytown’s Mass Shooting Map

Everytown’s database generated map of mass shootings in the US up intil April 2021.
Everytown’s database generated map of mass shootings in the US up intil April 2021.
Everytown’s Mass Shooting’s Map.

Jihadology

BRaVE’s Map and Database on Counter-extremism Projects, Policies and Institutions

AZsecure-data.org

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project Database

Example of ACLED’s database showing events in Ireland, of which there are 13, shown on a map.
Example of ACLED’s database showing events in Ireland, of which there are 13, shown on a map.
ACLED Data Map for Ireland.

University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats Database on Suicide Attacks

Crisis Group’s CrisisWatch Global Conflict Tracker

Example of Crisis Group’s Global Conflict Tracker showing the situation in Niger as of 2021.
Example of Crisis Group’s Global Conflict Tracker showing the situation in Niger as of 2021.
Example of Crisis Group’s Global Conflict Tracker showing the situation in Niger as of 2021.

Bangladesh Peace Observatory HeatMap

Actors from Bangladesh Peace Observatory Heat Map Reported Incidents March to May 2021

ICCT’s Dataset of Jihadi Terrorist Attacks in the West

Infographics on ICCT’s database on terror attacks in the West from 2004 to 2019. Made by Teo Kai Xiang (@teo_kai_xiang)

Kivu Security Tracker

United Nations Peacemaker Peace Agreements Database

Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict Dataset

The Correlates of War Project Data Sets

The Uppsala Conflict Data Program Dataset Download Center

START Data and Tools

START Global Terrorism Database

Institute for Economics and Peace Global Terrorism Index and Global Peace Index

The Institute for Economics and Peace’s 2020 Global Peace Index. All regions.

Pew Research Datasets

Peace Research Institute Oslo Data on Armed Conflict

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Databases

The Watson Institute’s Costs of War Project

Map displaying data from the Costs of War project from a 2019 Smithsonian Magazine article on the project by one of its co-directors, Stephanie Savell.

C-REX’s Right-wing Terrorism and Violence in Western Europe Dataset

ETH Zurich Center for Security Studies Datasets

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