Disaster Lit: Selection Guidelines

Materials we add to the Disaster Lit® database must align with the scope of the database and support the NLM DIMRC mission and goals. Our selection process, described below, ensures that we add only high-quality resources.

Approved Sources List

We conducted a wide search of established, trustworthy, non-commercial organizations, resulting in a list of over 1,400 authoritative entities involved in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. They are government agencies, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, research institutes, higher learning institutions, and more. Examples include:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • World Health Organization
  • International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent
  • Columbia University, Earth Institute, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
  • Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
  • RAND Corporation

We continuously evaluate sources and update the list, adding new organizations and removing others as needed.

We also prioritize our sources. Priority One sources regularly and consistently publish grey literature that is in scope for Disaster Lit.

Selection Process

Our selectors follow a documented selection process focusing on Priority One sources. Every day they review material published by these sources via RSS feeds, social media accounts, and email subscriptions, in search of resources that are in scope for Disaster Lit.

If a new resource from an approved source is in scope, our selectors ensure that it is openly available online, in an accessible format, at no cost. Resources that meet these criteria are added to the Disaster Lit database.

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