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Resources for students doing research about natural disasters.
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Research Resources for Studying Natural Disasters

Welcome to the Morris Library's website for studying about natural disasters.  This site is intended to assist students and faculty who are participating in the English 101 and using the Mercury Reader: Natural Disasters

Each tab contains selected resources to help your studies. There are also links to databases that will help you find more information. Remember, we are here to help you!  Contact a librarian for more ideas and suggestions on how to search.


    Find Articles about Natural Disasters

    We suggest you start with using OneSearch for finding research materials about natural disasters. A few sample search terms and sample articles found in the database are listed below. There are many more! If you need further assistance, please contact the librarians at Morris Library.

    Sample search terms:

    • Natural disasters
      • Natural disasters and government policy
    • Hurricanes
      • Hurricanes and civil rights
    • Floods
    • Drought
    • Tornadoes
    • Earthquakes
    • Drought
    • Wildfires
    • Volcanic eruptions
    • You may want to add the names of events to your search, for example, Katrina and homelessness, Tohoku and tsunami and Fukashima power plant, Mt. Pinatubo and policy, San Francisco earthquake and fire, Colorado and floods


    Examples of articles about natural disasters:

    Al-rousan, T. C., Rubenstein, L. M., & Wallace, R. B. (2014). Preparedness for natural disasters among older US adults: A nationwide survey. American Journal of Public Health, 104(3), 506-511. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301559

    Baker, S. M. (2009). Vulnerability and resilience in natural disasters: A marketing and public policy perspective. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 28(1), 114-123. doi:10.1509/jppm.28.1.114

    Blakeslee, S. (1997, Aug. 26). Facing the perils of Earth's cauldrons. New York Times, Section C, Page 1.

    Muttarak, R., & Lutz, W. (2014). Is education key to reducing vulnerability to natural disasters and hence unavoidable climate change? Ecology & Society, 19(1), 579-586. doi:10.5751/ES-06476-190142


    Search I-Share @ Morris Library, the library's catalog

    Search books, journals, government documents, videos, DVDs, music CDs, and music scores.

    Search I-Share @ Morris Library

    Here are a few suggested subject headings:

    • Natural disasters
      • Natural disasters government policy
    • Disasters
    • Disaster relief
    • Earthquakes
    • Emergency management
    • Floods
    • Natural disasters prevention
    • Natural disasters social aspects
    • Tornadoes
    • Hurricanes
    • Volcanic eruptions
    • You may want to add the names of events to your search, for example, Katrina and homelessness, Tohoku and tsunami and Fukashima power plant, Mt. Pinatubo and policy, San Francisco earthquake and fire

    Search I-Share @ Morris Library

    Here are a few examples of books available via Morris Library:

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    American Disasters - Steven Biel (Editor)
    Call Number: E179 .A494 2001
    ISBN: 0814713459
    Publication Date: 2001
    Location: 5th Floor, Morris Library
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    Contains chapters about natural and man-made disasters in US history.

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    Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault - John Dvorak
    Call Number: QE535.2.U6 D96 2014x
    ISBN: 9781605984957
    Publication Date: 2014-02-15
    Location: 5th Floor
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    The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 - National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences
    Call Number: Q. 551.2209798 N277G
    Publication Date: 1968-1973
    Location: Morris Library Basement, Q. Books section
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    This is a multi-volume report based on investigations done after the earthquake.

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    The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action - Elizabeth G. Ferris
    Call Number: JZ6369 .F44 2011
    ISBN: 9780815721376
    Publication Date: 2011-03-30
    Location: 5th Floor
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