This C.O.D. Library Research Guide is intended to provide a starting point when one is beginning to conduct research for information about disasters, and particularly how government agencies prepare for them. This guide concentrates on Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area. It is not exhaustive in its content, and the researcher will have to do a lot of digging in web sites and journal articles to find even more information. Be sure to ask the staff at the Library Reference Desk for assistance if you have questions or run into problems.
Look in the following catalogs for government publications, books, videos, Internet sites, maps, and other types of audiovisual items:
- COD Library Catalog: for items located in the COD Library, I-Share Libraries, and libraries around the world.
- Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). Access to citations and the full-text of thousands of articles and official government reports. Click here for a description of the contents.
- Natural Disaster and Extreme Weather Searchable Information Center (free full-text books and reports)
Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to shelve its books).
I-SHARE (formerly Illinet Online): Get books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries
Interlibrary Loan, to get books and journal articles from other libraries around the country.
Why Reference Sources?
Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper? Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?
Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases. Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run. Use reference sources to:
- find a topic
- narrow your topic
- find keywords
- get background information on your topic
- Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (FEMA)
- Complex Emergencies Database (CE-DAT). Contains statistical data and online reports about affected populations.
- Credo Reference. Type your terms in the search box to find articles from many different online reference books.
- Criteria for Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories.
- Dictionary of Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Relief. (2013)
- The Electronic Encyclopedia of Civil Defense and Emergency Management. With both current & historical information.
- Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
- Encyclopedia of Crisis Management. Reference HV551.2 .E68 2013
- Encyclopedia of Disaster Management
- Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief - eBook
- Encyclopedia of Disasters: Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies
- Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards
- FEMA Acronyms, Abbreviations and Terms (FAAT) list.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library. Type your terms in the search box to find articles from many different online reference books.
- The Grey House Homeland Security Directory. Reference HV6432 .G748.
- The Grey House Safety and Security Directory. Reference T55.A1 G74.
- Guide to Emergency Management and Related Terms, Concepts, Organizations, Programs, Exec. Orders and Legislation.
- EM-DAT International Disaster Database.
- Man-Made Catastrophes. Reference D24 .D38 2002 .
- Natural Disasters. (2008) Reference GB5014 .D38 2008
- Notable Natural Disasters. (2007) Reference GB5014 .N373 2007
You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.
- Academic OneFile. An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including anthropology. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles. A COD library card is required for off-campus use.
- Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost). Magazines and journals. Some full-text.
- Wiley Online Library. This is an index of books and articles published in journals that are printed by the Wiley company. A wide variety of topics are covered, but you only get bibliographic citations, no full-text articles. You can select a particular subject area to search in, or you can select a specific book or journal to search in by clicking on the broad subject, then selecting a narrower topic from that next page, then selecting the particular book or journal title on the third page.
- Chicago Tribune(1989-present). Full-text.
- CQ Researcher. Full-text articles covering topics of current interest and controversy.
- FEMA Resources and Documents Library
- Google Scholar. This provides access to many free full-text articles, as well as citations to many other articles.
- Homeland Security Affairs: The Journal of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. On the homepage, to the upper right, there is a SEARCH button for a search feature, to search the article contents by keyword. Journal issue tables of contents are found by clicking on the ARCHIVE button, next to the SEARCH BUTTON.
- Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). Access to citations and the full-text of thousandss of articles and official government reports. Click here for a description of the contents.
- IngentaConnect. This is an index to millions of journal articles, book chapters, reports, and more. Most are not available as full-text online items.
- International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters Cumulative Index. Sorry, no full-text articles here. But SOME full-text articles can be found through FEMA (click here).
- JSTOR: Scholarly Journals Archive of Older Issues.
- Military and Government Collection of articles.
- The New York Times
- National Newspapers Core (ProQuest).Full-text of six major national newspapers including the New York Times.
- Project MUSE. This database provides citations and abstracts only.
- The Wall Street Journal
- The Washington Post
- The "Agency Approach" to Locating Government Information on the Internet.
- Directory of Federal Agencies
- Disaster Information Management Research Center. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
- Encyclopedia of Federal Agencies and Commissions. Reference JK9 .H536 2004
- Federal Agency Profiles for Students. Reference JK421 .F42 1999.
- Federal Citizen Information Center.
- Federal Disaster Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries. (2005)
- Guide to United States Government Publications. Reference Z1223.Z9 G85 2002. This is an excellent reference tool that has major document series arranged by agency and Superintendent of Documents call number.
- How Government Works. Reference JK 271 .H 74 1999.
- Presidential Disaster Declarations.
- Ready.Gov. Preparedness information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- SCIENCE.GOV. The main gateway for Federal scientific information.
- Terrorism: Some Legal Restrictions on Military Assistance to Domestic Authorities Following a Terrorist Attack. U.S. Congressional Research Service. 2005.
- The Use of Federal Troops for Disaster Assistance: Legal Issues. U.S. Congressional Research Service 2005.
- U.S. Government Telephone and E-mail Directories
- United States Government Manual (A directory of government agencies.)
- USA.GOV. (The main gateway to online Federal government information.)
- USA.GOV - Disasters and Emergencies.
- Washington Information Directory. Reference JK1 .W3.
Government Document Catalogs and Bibliographic Resources
Use these databases, plus the Library Catalogs listed above, to find citations to government publications about disasters, planning, and agencies. Some items will be available online, and a link to the item may be provided. For other print copies, ask at the Library Reference Desk for assistance in finding these items.
- Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (1994 to date)
- DTIC: Defense Technical Information Center. A catalog of citations to defense-related technical reports.
- NTIS: National Technical Information Service. A catalog of U.S. Government technical, scientific, and medical reports.
- Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- C.D.C. - Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Citizen Corps
- The Coast Guard (USCG)
- Department of Defense (DOD)
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- Department of the Interior (DOI)
- Department of Justice (DOJ)
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
- Fire Administrationl (USFA)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). (For climate and weather data.)
- Small Business Association Disaster Assistance
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). (For information on earthquakes)
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). (for information on emergencies)
- The White House
- Disaster Center - Illinois. A directory of web sites with information on Illinois.
- Illinois Blue Book. Reference JK5730 .A25
- Illinois Emergency Management and Homeland Security Authorities Summarized. (CRS Report, 2004)
- Illinois Handbook of Government. Reference JK5730 .I45a.
- Illinois Resources from the Librarian's Index to the Internet. (A directory of web sites on Illinois.)
- lllinois State Geological Survey (ISGS). (For information about earthquakes and floods.)
- Illinois State Government Telephone Directory.
- State and Local Government web sites directory.
- Statistics selected by your Geography from Fed Stats/Map Stats
- llinois State Government Homepage.
- Illinois State Government Agencies
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
- Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
- Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
- Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA).
- Illinois National Guard
- Illinois State Legislature
- lllinois State Police (ISP)
- Cook County Homepage
- Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- DuPage County Government Homepage
- Protect DuPage: DuPage County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office
- DuPage County Interactive Map of Communities
- Kane County Homepage
- Kane County Office of Emergency Management
- Lake County Homepage
- Lake County, Indiana Homepage
- McHenry County Homepage
- Porter County, Indiana Homepage
- Will County Homepage
- Will County Emergency Management Agency
- Find a County (National Association of Counties)
- Illinois Local Health Departments
- City of Chicago Homepage
- City of Chicago Office of Emergency Mangement and Communications
- Community Statistics by Zip Code
- DuPage County Interactive Map of Communities
- Illinois Community Guidelines for Developing a Spontaneous Volunteer Plan.
Illinois Municipal Directory Reference JS451.I35 I4
Legislator's Guide to Local Governments in Illinois: Special Districts Reference JS451.I33 L43 2003
Local and Regional Government Information Reference JK2408 .L53 2005
- Chicago and Cook County, Illinois - Digital Atlas
- Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) online maps for buses, METRA, and The "EL"
- DuPage County Flood Maps
- DuPage County Interactive Map of Communities
- FEMA Water Hazard Flood Maps online
- Local Hometown Informaton
In addition to these web sites and books listed below, one should investigate the web pages of various government agencies, to see if they have links to other disaster plans and procedures.
- Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education (U.S. Department of Education)
- An ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities (U.S. Department of Justice, 2006)
- Animals: Disaster Preparedness and Response. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA, 2008)
- Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (2004)
- Biological Incident Operations: A Guide for Law Enforcement (U.S. Army)
- Building a Disaster-Resistant University: A How-To Guide (FEMA)
- Business Continuity and Emergency Planning (FEMA)
- Chemical and Biological Terrorism: Research and Development to Improve Civilian Medical Response (1999). Free PDF download available.
- Chemical / Biological / Radiological Incident Handbook (1998)
- Common Defense Against Uncommon Threats : The Federal Role in Critical Infrastructure Protection : Report of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (1997)
- Communications Challenges During Incidents of National Significance: A Lesson from Hurricane Katrina (2006)
Community Preparedness and Response to Terrorism General HV6432 .C654 2005
- Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation (2007)
- Critical Foundations : Protecting America's Infrastructures : The Report of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (1997)
- Critical Infrastructure Assurance Guidelines for Municipal Governments : Planning for Electric Power Disruptions (Chicago Metropolitan Area Critical Infrastructure Protection Program)
- Design Guide for Improving School Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds: Providing Protection to People and Buildings (FEMA, 2004).
- Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illnesses. (American Medical Association)
- Disabled: Emergency Preparedness (National Organization on Disability)
- Disciplines, Disasters, and Emergency Management Textbook (FEMA)
- Dispatcher's Guide for WMD Incidents (U.S. Army)
- Emergency and Risk Management Case Studies Textbook (FEMA)
- Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Programs
- EMS and Disaster Preparedness : Mass Casualty Events(CDC)
Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the U.S.General HV 551.3 .T 54 2001.
- Flu.gov Information from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
- Fundamentals of Emergency Management (FEMA)
- The Future of Emergency Management - Papers from the 2005 FEMA Emeergency Management Higher Education Conference
- A Guide to F-Scale Damage Assessment (U.S. National Weather Service, 2003)
- Hoping for the Best While Preparing for the Worst: Disasters, Emergencies, and the Community College
- Illinois Emergency Management Agency Planning
- Improving Health System Preparedness for Terrorism and Mass Casualty Events: Recommendations for Action (American Medical Association, 2007)
- Interim Pre-Pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States: Early, Targeted, Layered Use of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions. (2007)
- Library Disaster Response (American Library Association)
- Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders (International Red Cross. 2006)
- Mass Fatality Incidents: A Guide for Human Forensic Indentification (U.S. Department of Justice, 2005)
- Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: A Community Planning Guide (2007)
- Mental Health All-Hazards Disaster Planning (U.S. National Mental Health Information Center)
- Missing People, DNA Analysis and Identification of Human Remains - A Guide to Best Practice in Armed Conflicts and Other Situations of Armed Violence (International Red Cross. 2005)
- Modular Emergency Medical System: Expanding Local Healthcare Structure in a Mass Casualty Terrorism Incident (U.S. Army, 2002)
- National Incident Mangement System (NIMS): A Guide for County Officials (Int. Assoc. of Emerg. Managers)
- National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza
- Nuclear Detonation - Planning Guidance for Response (2009)
- Operational Best Practices Regarding the Management of Human Remains and Information on the Dead by Non-Specialists (International Red Cross. 2004.)
- Pandemic Flu Resources (American College Health Association)
- Pandemic Flu: A Planning Guide for Educators (U.S. Dept. of Education. 2006).
- Pandemic Influenza: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: Guide for Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources
- Planning Guidance for a Response to a Nuclear Detonation (2009)
- Preparedness Guidelines for Homeland Security: Prevention and Deterrence
Principles of Emergency Planning and Management. General HV 551.2 .A54 2002 & Online
- Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local, and Tribal Public Health Directors
Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide. General RA 425 .L28 2001.
- Public Health Risks of Disasters: Communication, Infrastructure, and Preparedness -- Workshop Summary
- The Public Transportation System Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide.\
- Quick Reference Guide for the National Response Plan
- Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Really Ready, from the Federation of American Scientists. Information for businesses and those with disabilities
The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster. General HT 170 .R46 2005.
- SAFECOM: Emergency Communications Topics and Information (Department of Homeland Security)
- Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning: Nature's Most Violent Storms: A Preparedness Guide Including Tornado Safety Informaton for Schools (2000)
- Tracking and Predicting the Atmospheric Dispersion of Hazardous Material Releases: Implications for Homeland Security (2003)
- Training Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters (2000)
Understanding the Economic and Financial Impacts of Natural Disasters . General Collection HC79 .D45 B46 2004.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Influenza Pandemic Planning Template/Checklist
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Geological Survey Seismic Hazard Analysis Tools
- Winter Storms, the Deceptive Killers: A Preparedness Guide (FEMA, 2001)
- Chicago Region (a C.O.D. Library Research Guide)
- Illinois Earthquake Information
- Hazard Maps Online from ESRI
- Hazard Maps Online from FEMA
- Illinois Statistical Abstract General HC107.I3 I64 2001
- Illinois Statistical Data from StateMaster.com
- Northern Illinois Data
- Seismic Hazard Map of Illinois from the U.S.Geological Survey
- Social / Demographic / Economic Statistics Sources (A C.O.D. Library Research Guide.)
- State and County Quick Facts (from the U.S. Census Bureau, www.census.gov)
- State Facts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
- StateMaster.com. Lots of figures arranged by state and topic area.
- Statistics selected by your Geography from Fed Stats/Map Stats
. Lots of figures arranged by country and topic area.
- Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI)
- Cities and Their Vital Systems: Infrastructure Past, Present, and Future (1988)
- Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
- Culturally Diverse Communities (National Resource Center for Advancing Emergency Preparedness)
- Dartmouth Flood Observatory
- Edgewood Chemical Biological Center Information Products (U.S. Army)
- Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)
- Institute for Biosecurity
- International Crisis Group
- International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters (International Research Committee on Disasters)
- Pacific Disaster Center
- Public Entity Risk Institute
- RSOE-EDIS Alertmap
- State and Local Government web sites directory
- Terrorism Information Center. From the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, this web site also includes a "Terrorism Knowledge Base," "Responder Knowledge Base," "Lessons Learned," Electronic Document texts, databases for personal use, and other sources of information.
- United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
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The Library can obtain copies of articles or books from other libraries for you. Inquire at the Reference Desk. You may also consult journal title lists from other libraries in the area.
Click here to fill out an online Interlibrary Loan form.
- Click here for help with citing your general non-governmental sources.
- The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources. General J9.5 .G37 2002
- Citing Government Information Sources
- How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Purdue OWL)