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.
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; and
- 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.
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.
Students at DMGS have access to professional assistance for their research activities. The DMGS Library is currently supervised by Diane White, who retired from the National Security Agency as an intelligence analyst and information management specialist with a concentration in libraries and open source information. The Library is also supported by DMGS’ full-time and adjunct faculty and subject matter specialists who develop services and collections that fit research needs, and provide project and thesis consultation.
Additionally, students can use research time more efficiently by receiving specialized user education. The Library Director will assist students at all stages of the research process, and will work with students to find useful reference works, online indexes, and other sources, and illustrate the best ways to locate and use these tools to find the relevant information they need quickly.