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School Shootings & Gun Violence: Information Sources

This guide will help you find credible information for your research on school shootings and related issues.


This Research Guide will help you find information in books, library databases, and websites.


Depressed teenage boy on park bench.. Photograph

Depressed teenage boy on park bench. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 25 May 2016. Accessed 19 Oct 2016.


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Search Words

It's useful to keep a list of search words as you utilize various databases, indexes, and search engines.  Here are some to consider:


school shootings

school violence

violence in adolescence

youth and violence

violence in children

violence prevention

violence in society

violence - psychological aspects

self destructive behavior


suicide prevention

schools - security measures



depression, mental

gun control


You can find books in the SCC and SFCC Libraries by using the Search box on the library webpage

Books at SFCC and partner libraries (like Gonzaga) can be requested online and sent to the SCC Library for pick up.

EBSCO eBooks logo

This library database is a collection of around 150,000 ebooks that can be viewed online or downloaded to a mobile device.  You will find numerous ebooks on school shootings, bullying, gun control, suicide, and many other related topics.

Library Databases

Library databases contain information that is generally not available elsewhere on the Web. They often include scholarly sources that are appropriate for college-level research.  You will find a complete listing of all library databases on the SCC Library homepage.  Below are selected databases recommended for researching school shootings and related topics.

General background information:  These contain collections of reference books, including scholarly encyclopedias.

Articles from periodicals (popular magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers):  Although the first two databases below are similar and have some overlapping coverage, each one also has unique content.  You may want to try searching both.

Controversial topics:

Streaming videos:  Many different topics are covered. 


You'll find many sources by Googling.  It's important to always evaluate web sources to make sure they are appropriate for college-level research. More information on how to evaluate web sources.

Here are a few good starting points:


A Mother's Reckoning - official website for the book by Sue Klebold; click the Resources link for additional information sources

Prevention & School Safetya psychologist-recommended list of information resources

Suicide - U.S. National Library of Medicine

Youth Violence - U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Teen Violence - U.S. National Library of Medicine

Warning Signs of Youth Violence


Addressing School ViolenceFederal Bureau of Investigation; includes section on warning signs

Early Warning, Timely Response: a guide to safe schoolsU.S. Department of Education

Effective Response to School Violence : A Guide for Educators and Law Enforcement Personnel - this book can be found in the eBook Collection library database; chapter one has information on warning signs

School shootings: the warning signs - tips from a psychologist who specializes in this topic

Threats by children: when are they serious? - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Warning signs of youth violence –  American Psychological Association

Can't Find It at SCC?

When you use the search box on the SCC Library webpage you will retrieve materials that are available at both Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College.  Click the “Get it” link and sign in to your account in order to request books from the SFCC Library.  Select  Partner Libraries from the dropdown menu on the search box to see materials that are available from Gonzaga University and other partner libraries. You can also request books from those libraries.

If you find a reference to a book or journal article that does not seem to be available at SCC or at any of our partner libraries we can still get it for you.  You can request an interlibrary loan and we'll find the item for you wherever it's available.  Keep in mind that it could take ten days to two weeks for the item to arrive if it's in a library outside the Spokane area.