Research Guides

Topics included here:

1. General, Quotations, & Non-U.S.

2. United States

a. Guides to Reference Materials

b. Reference Materials

c. Reference Materials on the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1. General, Quotations, and Non-U.S. 

2. United States

a. Guides to Reference Materials

Air University Library. Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals. Maxwell Air Force Base, AL: [regular updates]. []

Petersen: "Essential for locating intelligence articles."

Barrett, David M., and Raymond Wasko. "Sampling CIA's New Document Retrieval System: McCone's Telephone Conversations during the Six Crises Tempest." Intelligence and National Security 20, no. 2 (Jun. 2005): 332-340.

The CIA Records Search Tool (CREST) at the National Archives II in College Park, Maryland, "uses computer terminals in the Archives' library at which researchers enter keywords. This brings up a list of document titles from which a reader chooses. After examining the ... document on the screen, he or she may then print it, at no cost, on an adjacent printer." The benefits of the system include "its sheer ease" -- it "is notably simple to operate.... [I]t works well in delivering the documents in the collection released by CIA" since 2001.

Brune, Lester H. The Missile Crisis of October 1962: A Review of Issues and References. Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 1985.

Burns, Richard Dean, ed. Guide to American Foreign Relations since 1700. Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1983.

Petersen: "Index includes intelligence and U.S. CIA entries."

Chapman, Bert. Researching National Security and Intelligence Policy. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2004.

Howard, Air & Space Power Journal 19.3 (Fall 2005), says that this work "is a veritable cornucopia of sources and ratings of their effectiveness. What may prove even more useful is the extent of each chapter's documentation. These endnotes, which attest to the author's thoroughness, include Web sites and e-mail addresses where appropriate. The book's user-friendliness also helps a great deal."

Cochran, Alexander S., Jr. The MAGIC Diplomatic Summaries: A Chronological Finding Aid. New York: Garland, 1982.

David, James E. Conducting Post-World War II National Security Research in Executive Branch Records: A Comprehensive Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001.

According to Aftergood, Secrecy News (from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy), 11 Jun. 2002, this work "begins with a brief introduction to records retention and declassification policy. It then provides a detailed 200 page itemization of what kinds of national security records are located where, along with notations on their status and availability. Though overpriced at $85, the book has the potential to save serious researchers considerable time in finding what they are looking for, and to alert others to the existence of records they might never have known about."

Burr, Journal of Cold War Studies 6 (2004), notes that this is "the first major effort to chart the universe of classified and declassified federal records pertaining to national security policy." Most of the "book amounts to an inventory of two categories of federal historical records: those that are available at the National Archives (and to a lesser extent, smaller official archives and the Library of Congress); and those that remain under the control of the agencies that created them." Unfortunately, the author "does not provide the accession number assigned to each of the agency collections stored" at the Washington National Records Center (WNRC) in Suitland, Maryland.

Hendricks, Evan. Former Secrets: Government Records Made Public Through the Freedom of Information Act. Washington, DC: Campaign for Political Rights, 1982. [Petersen]

Higham, Robin D., ed. A Guide to the Sources of United States Military History. Hamden, CT: Archon, 1975. Supplements I (1981) and II (1986), ed. by Higham and Donald J. Mrozek.

Petersen: "Numerous intelligence entries."

Kneitel, T. Guide to Embassy and Espionage Communications. Commack, NY: CRB Research, 1986. [Petersen]

Kurland, Michael. The Spymaster's Handbook. New York: Facts on File, 1988.

Mauch, Christof. "Intelligence Holdings at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C." International Intelligence History Study Group Newsletter 6, no. 1 (Summer 1998). "Intelligence Holdings at Georgetown University." Intelligencer 10, no. 1 (Feb. 1999): 15.

"There are a number of unique intelligence collections in the Special Collections holdings of Georgetown University's Lauinger Library which are of considerable interest to historians of intelligence." These include the Russell J. Bowen Collection, the Martin F. Herz Papers, the Otto E. Guthe Papers, the Anthony Cave Brown Papers, and the Leonard S. Wilson Collection. The library maintains a Website at

Robertson, Kenneth G. "Editorial Comment: An Agenda for Intelligence Research." Defense Analysis 3, no. 2 (Jun. 1987): 95-101.

Williams, George. "Intelligence and Book Learning: A Comprehensive Survey of Public Sources on Secret Activities." Choice 16 (Nov. 1979): 1125-1138. [Petersen]

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