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Getting started with your fire and emergency services research project

This guide is designed to help Executive Fire Officer (EFO) and Managing Officer students find the resources they need to research and write their applied research and capstone projects.

Need help researching a topic? We can help!

We’ll provide a brief, immediate response to ready-reference questions.

Or, for more in-depth research needs we'll prepare a customized bibliography for you spanning a wide variety of media formats. We prepare most of these to send out via email. They’ll include items available online as well as citations to others that we may be able to help you obtain via interlibrary Loan if you are not on the National Emergency Training Center campus.

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Check out our list of frequently requested research topics.

Call or email the library to let us know how we can help. Our toll-free number is 800-638-1821. You can also schedule a research consultation.

The Library offers a rotating schedule of research classes on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons while EFO and Managing Officer students are on campus.

See the class schedule

The research process

You might think that settling on a topic is the beginning of your research, while typing up your reference list is the end — but research seldom works like that. You may start out with one idea but end up in an entirely different place with an entirely different topic.

Select a link below for information on how the NETC Library can assist you along the way as you work on your National Fire Academy research project.

your research topic

for topic information

scholarly vs. trade sources

project references

diagram displaying the four parts of the research process: develop, search, evaluate, cite

Need help with your writing?

See these online guides and tips to learn how to best organize your writing, structure a paragraph, include evidence from your research into your writing, and much more.

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