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Resources for researching disasters, as well as preparation, response, and recovery


Try these keywords when searching for information about your topic. 

  • Crisis management
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Disaster relief
  • Disaster victims
  • Climatic changes
  • Global warming
  • Natural disasters -- social aspects
  • Natural disaster
  • Natural disaster warning systems
  • Weather forecasting
  • Natural disasters -- social aspects
  • Natural disasters -- economics aspects

COVID-19: Library Information, Resources, & Print Access


As part of UCLA's transition to remote instruction, and the Library's necessary decision to close all Library locations, access to print resources and special collections is not available. Please take advantage of electronic resources such as ebooks and article databases. The UCLA community can connect to these online resources off-campus via the VPN or proxy server. Interlibrary loan is still available for electronic journal articles; however, ebooks cannot be borrowed on interlibrary loan. You can also temporarily access digitized print books via HathiTrust, although you cannot download or print these books--only do screenshots.

The library is also extending access to our print collection beyond what's available in HathiTrust through the Pilot Emergency Temporary Digititzation on Request Service (PETDOR). Please review the PETDOR FAQ for guidance on using this service. 

For help with any of our resources, please schedule an appointment with a librarian (audio/video Zoom appointments available), contact your subject librarian directly, or use our 24/7 chat service.    


Background Resources




Public Health

Technology Disasters and Accidents


Weapons of Mass Destruction