Unit 4 – Research Resources


A website about the importance of volunteerism in the United States that provides multiple links for volunteer opportunities and stories about the meaning of volunteering.

Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion, Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba, Alpha Books, 2002

Interviews with female firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and other rescue workers who were overlooked by the media at the time.

February 26, 1993 – World Trade Center Bombing

“February 26, 1993 – World Trade Center” explores the personal stories of the first attack on the World Trade Center. Bombing Now a PAPD assistant chief, on February 26, 1993 with just 16 weeks on the job, Norma Hardy was a new officer assigned to the World Trade Center. That day would literally be her trial by fire.

World Trade Center, Paramount Pictures, 2006

A dramatization of the rescue of two Port Authority police officers, who were the last people found alive at the World Trade Center after the attacks of September 11th.

True Blue: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them, Randy Sutton and Cassie Wells, St. Martin’s Press, 2004

Personal reflections written by law enforcement officers across the country. These men and women write about life-defining moments in their careers, including 9/11.


Additional Resources

The 9/11 Commission Report

The 9/11 Commission Report provides a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. It also includes recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

The official website for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site.

9/11 Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The digital archive of the FBI’s 9/11 investigation, including press release, reports, digital media, indictments, and more.

September 11th Television Archive

This collection contains television news programs recorded live from around September 11, 2001 by the non-profit Television Archive to help patrons research this important part of United States history.

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, Times Books

A riveting description of the events inside the towers from the point of attack to the final collapse.

The September 11th Education Program

A curriculum developed by the September 11th Education Trust in partnership with the Taft Institute for Government and Social Studies School Service that encourages students to reflect on the impact and legacy of September 11, 2001.

The Port Authority and the World Trade Center

A timeline of construction of the WTC from the beginning blueprints in 1966 to the 1993 bombing and ultimately its collapse in 2001. Includes current photos of the construction of the site and updated progress reports.

Daily updates of current building at the World Trade Center site

Silverstein Properties offers daily updates of events taking place at the construction site and documents the rebuilding process.