DMGS Research Library

The DMGS Library contains an extensive collection of resources to support both the research and classwork within our graduate-level programs. The library serves registered DMGS students as well as members of the instructional and administrative staffs. Visiting scholars and other authorized researchers may access the library collections by approval of the Library Director.

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DMGS is a graduate-level institution, the collection encompasses a wide range of subject areas, with a particular concentration on all facets of national security and intelligence.

These include works covering:

  • Military History, Materiel and Operations
  • US and Foreign Intelligence Services and Operations
  • Intelligence Programs and Disciplines
  • Information Operations and Propaganda
  • Leadership and Policymaker Biographies
  • Language and Area Studies
  • International Relations
  • Soviet and post-Soviet Doctrine and Leadership
  • Jihadist Doctrine
  • World Religions
  • Government manuals, reports and monographs
  • Congressional reports and testimony
  • World and Current events
  • Emerging Threats and Priorities
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism

DMGS library users also have access to a variety of digital resources, including numerous periodicals, JSTOR libraries, and the Strategic Defence and Security Studies Collection from Taylor and Francis. In addition, the library provides interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery services to current students, faculty, and staff.

Research Support

Students at DMGS have access to professional assistance for their research activities. The DMGS Library is supervised by the Library Director who assists students and faculty as needed. The Library is also supported by DMGS’ full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and subject matter specialists. Together, we develop and curate services that are customized for each students’ term paper, project, and thesis research needs.

Additionally, students can use research time more efficiently by receiving specialized user education. The Director will assist students at all stages of the research process and will work with students to find useful reference works and online indexes. The  also willing to assist students in finding the best ways to locate and use these tools to find the relevant information they need quickly.

Library Research Methods Program


The Library Research Methods Program helps student and faculty researchers obtain the information they need for their term papers and thesis. DMGS researchers benefit from Library Research Methods Program services by developing the skills needed to define, articulate, and locate the exact information they need for their paper. DMGS librarians can help you develop a range of strategies and skills to become research experts in their field of study.

Faculty: Library research instruction adds value to your classes. Library Research Methods Program enriches your students’ research assignments by helping them to create work that is more effective and substantive. Librarians will work with you and your students on research strategies that will make the best use of DMGS library collections, services, and research resources.

Who We Reach

  • Graduate students
  • Faculty

What We Teach

  • Advanced search strategies and techniques to identify relevant research material.
  • How to assess sources for currency, relevancy, authority, and scholarly value.
  • How to assess the reliability and appropriateness of information found on the Web.
  • How to use RefWorks to manage citations and bibliographies.
  • How to identify specialized materials such as primary sources, government documents, statistics, multimedia, and archival sources.
  • How to write with academic integrity.
  • Basic research skills through the required Research Methods for the Social Sciences course & Academic Integrity tutorial available to students during their first semester.

Faculty may schedule in-depth instruction to introduce students to the many research databases, specialized sources, and techniques for making research more effective and efficient.

Course-Related Instruction

Students are introduced to relevant research materials for a specific course assignment. Librarians outline the research process and demonstrate the library catalog (KOHA), databases, and relevant open source resources. They can even create a course guide tailored to your assignment. Students get hands-on practice using these resources in the DMGS Library.

Sessions are most effective when held during class time with the faculty member present and after students have received and begun thinking about a research assignment. Two weeks’ notice is required.


DMGS graduate students may make an appointment to discuss a research topic, develop a search strategy, create a literature review, or examine resources relevant to a paper or project.

Librarians offer an overview of and in-depth assistance with important resources for master’s theses and term papers.


The Library Director can work with you to develop more effective research assignments and better integrate library resources into your classes and your students’ lives.


  • If faculty have textbooks that require more than 10% of its text read during a semester then the title qualifies as required reading material.
  • A finalized list of required reading titles for each course needs to be submitted to the Library Director at least three months prior to the start of the course’s semester.
  • The Library will supply at least two copies of each required reading title in the Course Reserves collection housed behind the Circulation Desk in the 10th floor Library.
  • Required articles are to be supplied by the professor directly to their class via SONIS. Please contact Liam Bamford, or a representative in the IT Department, for faculty SONIS training.
  • SONIS training  enables faculty members the freedom to upload their articles into the SONIS student information system for immediate student access to the course material. The Library only provides required textbooks.

The Library encourages students to purchase their required textbooks “used” online, as the Library does not supply enough copies for all students per class.

DMGS Library Hours

DMGS Library is open during regular fall, spring and summer semester schedule. While the Library is on this schedule, it will open weekdays Monday through Friday at 9AM and close at 10PM on weekdays. Weekend hours of operations run from 11AM to 7PM during regular fall, spring and summer semester schedules. This schedule may be interrupted for holidays, breaks, and unscheduled closures for weather.

The Library is reserved for DMGS students, staff, faculty and members of the DMGS Community. Guests are welcome to check-in at the Circulation Desk. For security reasons, all visitors will be asked to present their IDs upon entering the Library, so that they may borrow a visitor’s badge.

Weekdays after 6PM the street doors to the building will be locked and guests will need to be escorted by a member of the DMGS community to access the Library. The building can be accessed by “scanning” a DMGS ID to the small black box mounted on near the front door outside the Library.

The Library staff reserve the right to remove Library users, or any others deemed disruptive to academic activities from the Library with the assistance of DMGS Security.

Library Circulation Policy

All library collections are currently curated by the Library Director who is responsible for collection development and material evaluation. Students, faculty, and staff may check out circulating material upon registration. Materials marked for circulation may be checked out for a period of four weeks with up to two renewals (provided the item has not been placed on hold by another patron). No more than eight items may be checked out to an individual library patron at any one time.

The Library Reserve Service offers options for required and supplementary course materials; please contact the Library Director for information about placing materials on reserve. Materials designated as “reserve” do not circulate for the duration (usually a semester) of this status, and limited photocopying is permitted in accordance with appropriate copyright guidelines. Reference materials and Course Reserves do not circulate; exceptions to this policy are determined by the Library Director.