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Mass Shootings: A Research Guide: Background


On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 21 injured by two shooters at the the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. The two shooters were killed by police later that day. 

A summary of the events as presented by local news media may be found here:

This research guide is not intended to focus on the San Bernardino incident itself, but to assist CSUSB students and other researchers who seek to understand the phenomenon of mass shootings. Various aspects of the topic are highlighted, with pointers to sources of data and representative research articles. 

Library Research Resources

Recommended Pfau Library databases:

Suggested keywords:

  • mass shooting
  • public shooting
  • "public mass shooting"
  • mass murder
  • mass homicide
  • mass killing
  • multiple murder
  • multiple homicide
  • rampage shooting
  • rampage killing
  • active shooter
  • mass casualty shooting incidents

The locations of specific incidents (e.g. Columbine, U.S. Navy Yard) maybe used as keywords, as well as the names of specific perpetrators. 

Background Reading