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Disaster and Emergency Management: Articles About DEM

Columbia College's Research Databses

Columbia College has access to several specialized research databases that contain thousands of high-quality articles relevant to your topic that are not available on the Internet. Your instructors will be highly impressed if you use these valuable resources. 

Types of articles include:

  • professionally written articles in trade publications
  • scholarly journal articles
  • newspaper articles 
  • articles/chapters from highly specialized Encyclopedias and/or eBooks

Keep scrolling for more information on how to access these articles. 

Finding Articles

Any, or all of these, would be a great start.

When accessing our databases, you will be prompted to log in. Enter your Username and Password. 

Username: Your username is your full CC email address, which should be your firstname.lastname@my.columbiasc.edu.
Password: Unless you have changed it, your password should be Koala (with a capital "K"), plus the last 4 digits of your SSN. 

Example
Username: jane
.doe@my.columbiasc.edu 
Password: Koala1234

** Please Note: If you are refused the first time, please log in a second time. (Sometimes it takes the system time to recognize you.)

Having trouble? Click the Contact Us tab on this guide. 

Q. In order to pull up the most relevant, helpful articles, what should I type in the search box once I'm inside the database?

A. Try one or more of these search phrases to get you started. But feel free to come up with your own terms.

  • Crisis communication
  • Crisis management
  • Disaster management
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster recovery
  • Disaster response
  • Emergency management
  • Emergency response
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • First responders
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Homeland security
  • Incident management
  • Natural disaster
  • Resilience
  • Risk assessment

Q. How can I make sure that the articles that come up in the Results list are the full article, and not just an abstract?

A. Make sure that the Full-Text box is check-marked. 

Do you have a specific journal or journal article citation you need to look up? Simply enter the title of the journal. If we carry it in full-text, it will appear in the results list. You can then search within that publication. 

eJournal Finder
Limit Your Results

The best way to find scholarly journal articles is by searching our online Databases.

Once inside the database:

  • Check-mark the Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed box. (You may have to scroll down a bit to see this choice).
  • Begin your search by typing in your keywords and clicking on Search.

Feel free to experiment by using helpful search features, such as Date Span or Full-Text only! 

Although check-marking the Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed selection box will greatly increase your chances of finding such articles, we also strongly suggest you evaluate the article as well; your professors will appreciate it if you do! Typically, "scholarly journal articles" tend to have the following characteristics: 

  • Longer/more substantive than an article in a popular magazine
  • Written by an author(s) with expertise in the field and easily identifiable credentials 
  • Well structured and well organized
  • Published in/by a reputable source
  • Long list of References at the end of the article

​Need advice? Just call or email a librarian. We're always happy to help!

Reference Desk: 803.786.3703
Email: refdesk@columbiasc.edu

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