The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

Library Research Methods

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.

As befits 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, Ms. Walters, 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. Ms. Walters will assist students at all stages of the research process, and will work with students to find useful reference works, online indexes; including the best ways to locate and use these tools to find the relevant information they need quickly.

Library Research Methods Program


Library Research Methods Program helps bridge student and faculty researchers with 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

Library Circulation Policy

All library collections are supervised by the Library Director who is responsible for collection development and material evaluation. Students, faculty and staff may check out circulating material upon registration using their DMGS access card. 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; 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 do not circulate; exceptions to this policy are determined by the Library Director.