Inquiries into the Catastrophic

Spring 2012

Listed in: Special Seminar, as COLQ-336; Christopher T. Dole (Section 01)

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Tools


Specialized searches to find clinical research on interventions used to treat PTSD or ASD (acute stress disorder).The interventions seem to be commonly distinguished as "acute" (which are used in the first 2-3 weeks) and "postacute."

  • CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Psychopharmacological interventions
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Interventions) or, as it's sometimes referenced in disaster mental health,
  • TFCBT (Trauma Focused CBT)

Varieties of post-disaster CBT:

  • Anxiety management therapy
  • Imaginal exposure therapy
  • postraumatic stress managment (PTSM)
  • in vivo exposure
  • cognitive restructuring


Discover: Start here for books, articles & more (beta)
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.

PubMed (1966 to present)
Premiere biomedical index, includes MEDLINE and links to molecular biology databases.

Trip Database

The TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

Cochrane Library (UMass library database - visit UMass library to access)
Evidence-based information about medical treatments and therapies, designed for medical caregivers and patients.


What is Evidence Based Practice?

What are MeSh headings?

Evidence Based Practice Pyramid

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

Anthropological Index Online (1970 to present)
Index to current periodicals in the Museum of Mankind Library (incorporating the former Royal Anthropological Institute Library)

AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) (1987 to present)
Covers health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations, and education.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (1976 to present)
Index of resources published by the U.S. Government Printing Office

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (Gale)
Covers environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

FBIS: Federal Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports (1974-1996)
News in translation (by the CIA) from radio, television, and newspapers around the world.

Draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

Full-text legal materials back to volume 1, historic English law and more. (Alumni access)

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.

LexisNexis Academic (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

PAIS Index (1972 to present)
Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.

PsycInfo (1887 to present)
Covers the academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, sociology, education, and other areas.

PubMed (1966 to present)
Premiere biomedical index, includes MEDLINE and links to molecular biology databases.

Social Science Database (ProQuest)
Covers academic literature for disciplines ranging from anthropology, sociology, and political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.

Social Services Abstracts (1979 to present)
Indexes research on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development.

Sociological Abstracts (1952 to present)
Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines.


Encyclopedia of Social Measurement
Covers all core social science disciplines and presents a comprehensive summary of observational frameworks and mathematical models.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
Covers scholarship and fields in the social sciences.

Web Resources

Handy research sites include:

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine

Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available. The resulting pages point to other archived pages at as close a date as possible. Keyword searching is not currently supported.

Finding information about & produced by NGOS

Here's a custom Google search of NGO pages

This search engine was developed by David Oldenkamp at Indiana University and James Jacobs at Stanford. The site seaches NGOs with Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, sites listed on the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, the Duke University Libraries' NGO Research Guide and others.

Directory of Development Organizations. Over 47,000 organizations of all kinds listed by region and country. One of the most extensive compilation of NGO country directories.

InterAction. Alliance of US-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations, with links to more than 150 member organizations. Includes a Searchable database of documents by country, region and topic

Non-Governmental Organizations Research Guide (Duke University). Guide enabling users to browse NGOs alphabetically, by issue, region, and affiliation. Also highlights organizations providing access to statistical data.

USAID Directory of Registered NGOs. From the US Agency for International Development.

WANGO. World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. Excellent NGO directory by region.
An exceptional NGO research guide, courtesy of UC Berkeley's Government Documents department.

Humanitarian Relief

Alertnet. Humanitarian news network which aims to keep relief professionals and the wider public up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe.
Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN). Forum where field workers, managers and policymakers in the humanitarian sector share information, analysis and experience. Includes a series of papers and reviews.


National Voluntary Organizations Involved in Disaster

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) is the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities.

Relief Web. Web portal from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Hails itself as "the world's leading gateway to information on humanitarian emergencies and disasters."

United States

Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency



United Nations

 Official Web Site Locator for the United Nations System of Organizations
Alphabetical and classified lists of all the United Nations Organizations (UNOs), with searching capabilities and links.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Includes a section on emergency relief operations. See also the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System.
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Includes section on mitigation of marine related disasters.
Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit. United Nations mechanism to coordinate the international response to environmental emergencies and natural disasters.

Be sure to properly credit the ideas referenced in your academic work; clear citations also mean that your reader can locate the books, articles, and other sources you used. Don't leave your bibliography until the very end: collect, manage, and format information about what you find as soon as you start your research.

Zotero and Bibliographic Management

Zotero is a free plug-in for Firefox that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus, and you can download it on your own computer for free. Tutorials and documentation are also available. If you are an EndNote user, contact Susan Kimball for help.

Style Manuals

MLA, Chicago, and APA formatting and style guidelines, from the OWL at Purdue
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide online, from the full Chicago Manual of Style
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation 2012 edition
Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA 
Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style online version from Ohio State University Libraries 
American Chemical Society's ACS Style Guide
BibTex is a format commonly used in Computer Science and Math


Writer's Handbook from the University of Wisconsin/Madison: How to cite sources; sample documents and forms; advice on grammar, etc.

Avoiding Plagiarism from the Dean of Students Office provides strategies for ensuring proper attribution of sources.


Evidence Based Practice Pyramid