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Search tools for your research topic

Your topic determines the search tools you’ll use. Are you taking an historical view? Writing about current events? Looking at scientific research? Each of these scenarios requires different search strategies.

For your capstone project, you will likely use the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Library Catalog and Academic Search Complete. You may also want to consult websites using tools like Google Basics to improve your search results.

How to search

Boolean searching basics

How to improve your search terms

Ebscohost basic search tutorial

Where to search

Library resources

  • NETC Library Catalog – This is the best tool for finding articles and other materials on the topics most associated with fire, EMS, emergency management and homeland security.
  • EBSCO Host – Explore Academic Search Complete, a multidisciplinary database of full-text scholarly journal articles.

Other collections

  • Disaster Lit – Database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the internet.
  • Fire ReSearch Engine – Fire science literature from the International Association for Fire Safety Science.
  • Google Scholar – Searches across many disciplines, however, many articles are not available full text.
  • Homeland Security Digital Library – Includes documents from federal, state and local, and international governments.
  • Think Tank Search – From the Harvard Kennedy School Library, searches more than 600 think tank websites.