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Disaster & emergency management

Liaison librarian

  • Julie [dot] Jones [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-5727
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Emergency Response Tools

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

A system to help emergency responders identify and respond to hazardous materials incidents. Contains information on information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

Available via the Web as WebWISER or as a standalone application for PCs and PDAs -- free download here.

Article Databases

  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
    Multidisciplinary full-text database.
  • ABI/Inform Global (ProQuest)
    General management and business database that indexes several key journals in disaster and emergency management.
  • CBCA Complete (ProQuest)
    Covers Canadian business and current affairs; includes some newspaper sources.
  • Google Scholar
    Searches scholarly literature across disciplines and sources.
  • PAIS International (ProQuest)
    Covers global public policy, social issues, demography, environmental studies, general social sciences.
  • ProQuest Research Library (ProQuest)
    Multidisciplinary database
  • PubMed
    Citation database of the National Library of Medicine in the U.S. Thousands of references on disaster and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Scopus
    Multidisciplinary database with coverage of disaster and emergency managment topics. Includes citation searching functions.
  • Social Sciences Full Text (EBSCO)
    Coverage of both applied and theoretical aspects of the Social Sciences.

Core Journals and Trade Publications

Grey Literature Sources

Associations, Organizations, Research Centres

The websites of professional associations, organizations, and research centres are excellent sources for engaging in discussions, maintaining current awareness, and accessing grey literature such as reports, working papers, fact sheets, conference proceedings, and training materials.

Government Websites

Newspaper Articles

  • Canadian Newsstand  (ProQuest)
    A searchable full-text database of major Canadian daily newspapers. Major titles include Calgary Herald (1988-), Edmonton Journal (1989-), Halifax Daily News (1990-), Montreal Gazette (1985-), National Post (1998-), Ottawa Citizen (1985-), Toronto Star (1985-), Vancouver Sun (1987-).
  • CBCA Complete (ProQuest)
    Covers Canadian business and current affairs; includes some newspaper sources.
  • Factiva
    Canadian and international news sources. Search by date, newspaper, author, keyword, subject.
  • Lexis-Nexis
    Local and international news and legal sources.
  • PressDisplay
    Browse recent newspapers from around the world as if you were browsing their print counterparts.



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