EAS 123W Natural Disasters

Finding Books, Articles, Media and More…

The search box on the Library Website <http://www.sunybroome.edu/library> allows you to search books, ebooks, videos and articles simultaneously (the everything search tab), then narrow your results to books or articles to a specific source type. http://www.sunybroome.edu/library. If you prefer, you can use the books/media tab on the “Quick Search” feature to search for books, and the articles tab to search for articles from magazines, journals and newspapers.

How to Find a Book

Books on Natural Disasters

Aswad, E. (2006). Greater Binghamton flood 2006. Binghamton, NY: Carriage House Photography. [REF F127 .S96 A8 2006]  

Aswad, E. (2011). The Southern Tier of New York State flood of 2011. Binghamton, NY: Carriage House Photography. [REF F127 .S96 A8 2011] 

Avilés, L. B. (2013).Taken by storm 1938: A social and meteorological history of the Great New England Hurricane. Boston, MA: American Meteorological Society. [QC945 .A95 2013]

Cocco, S. (2013). Watching Vesuvius: A history of science and culture in early modern Italy. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. [QE523 .V5 C63 2013]

Fountain, H. (2017). The great quake: How the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet. New York, NY: Crown. [QE535.2.U6 F65 2017]

Ingram, B. L., & Malamud-Roam, F. (2013). The West without water: What past floods, droughts, and other climatic clues tell us about tomorrow. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. [QC903.2 .U6 I54 2013]

Jones, L. M. (2018). The big ones: How natural disasters have shaped us (and what we can do about them). New York, NY: Doubleday. [GB5014 .J66 2018]

Kieffer, S. W. (2013).The dynamics of disaster. New York, NY: Norton. [GB5014 .K54 2013]

Kocin, P. J., & Uccellini, L. W. (2004). Northeast snowstorms. Boston, MA: American Meteorological Society.  [Ref QC851 .A5 v.32 No. 54] Vol. 1: Overview  Vol. 2: Cases

Lockwood, J. P., & Hazlett. R. W. (2010).Volcanoes: Global perspectives. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. [QE522 .L63 2010]

Miles, K. (2017). Quakeland: On the road to America's next devastating earthquake. New York, NY: Dutton. [QE538.8 .M5387 2017]

Montz, B. E. (2017). Natural hazards: Explanation and integration. New York, NY: Guilford Press. [GB5014 .T63 2017]

O'Neill, K. M., & Van Abs, D. J. (2016). Taking chances: The coast after Hurricane Sandy. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. [QH104.5 .A84 T35 2016] 

Oppenheimer, C. (2011). Eruptions that shook the world.Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [QE522 .O58 2011]

Penna, A. N., & Rivers, J. S. (2013). Natural disasters in a global environment. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. [GB5014 .P46 2013]

Pyle, D. M. (2017). Volcanoes: Encounters through the ages. Oxford, UK: Bodleian Library. [QE522 .P95 2017]

Robinson, A. (2016). Earth-shattering events: Earthquakes, nations, and civilzation. London, UK: Thames & Hudson. [QE543.3 .R62 2016] 

Samuels, R. J. (2013). 3.11: Disaster and change in Japan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. [HV555 .J3 S26 2013]

Shonting, D. H., & Ezrailson, C. (2017). Chicxulub: The impact and tsunami: The story of the largest known asteroid to hit the earth. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. [QE613.5 .M4 S56 2017]

Thommen, L. (2012). An environmental history of Ancient Greece and Rome. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [GF13.3 .G74 T4713 2012]

Waitt, R. B. (2014). In the path of destruction: Eyewitness chronicles of Mount St. Helens. Putnam, WA: Washington University Press. [QE523 .S23 W35 2014]

Welky, D. (2011). The thousand-year flood: The Ohio-Mississippi disaster of 1937. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [HV610 1937 .M57 W45 2011]

Williams, G. (2013). Washed away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's most widespread disaster, terrorized a nation and changed it forever. New York: Pegasus Books. [GB1399.4 .O3 W55 2013]

Winchester, S. (2006). A crack in the edge of the world: America and the great California earthquake of 1906. New York, NY: Harper Perennial. [F869 .S357 W56 2006b]

Zeilinga de Boer, J., & Sanders, D. T. (2002). Volcanoes in human history: The far-reaching effects of major eruptions. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [QE522 .B64 2002]

Zeilinga de Boer, J., & Sanders, D. T. (2005). Earthquakes in human history: The far-reaching effects of seismic disruptions. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [QE521 .Z45 2005]

Reference Works

The Reference Collection contains dictionaries, encyclopedias and specialized books related to many different subject areas. The Reference Collection is located on the first floor of the Library, and is for use in the Library only.  Here’s a good start:

Carmichael, R. S. (Ed.) (2017). Notable natural disasters (2nd ed., Vols.1-3). Ipswich, MA: Salem Press. [REF GB 5014 .N373 2017]

          Vol. 1: Overviews. Vol. 2: Events to 1970. Vol. 3: Events 1971-2016.   ebook

Favor, L. J. (2011). Natural disasters. New York: Facts On File. [Ref GB5014 .F38 2011] 

Includes primary sources for some disasters.

Newton-Matza, M. (Ed.). (2014). Disasters and tragic events: An encyclopedia of catastrophes in American history (Vols. 1-2). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. [Ref E179 .N58 2014]

Gale Virtual Reference Library  Articles from reference books, including:


eBook Search   Searches our ProQuest Ebook Central and EBSCO ebook collections


    The library subscribes to many databases with full-text articles from scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.  One place to start is the everything search box or the articles tab accessible from the Library’s homepage.  

    • Search tips
      • Use quotation marks for phrase searching ("hurricane dorian")
      • Use the wildcard symbol (?) within a word to find variations in spelling (wom?n wil find woman and women)
      • Use the truncation symbol (*) to find alternative endings (volcan* wil find volcano, volcanoes and volcanic)
      • Use the operator AND to narrow your search, OR to broaden your search
      • Use parentheses to group terms with multiple operators (earthquakes AND (cost* OR damages))
      • On the detail record (the page that comes up when you click on the article title):
      • note that the article is not an editorial or book review

    Specialized Databases Available Through the SUNY Broome Library

    There are different types of article databases, e.g., multi-disciplinary, subject specific, viewpoint. To search for articles select a database that covers the scope of your topic.


    • Academic Search Complete  Searches humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
      • Tip: On your search results, select your "Source Types," e.g., Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, Academic Journals. You can also limit by date range (on left).


    • Statista Lots of statistics, graphs, charts, and reports!

    More Databases:

    If the article you need is not full text, look for the “Find Full Text or Request Copy” link on your results page. This link will search other library databases for a full text version, check the Library's print subscriptions, or create an Interlibrary Loan request for you. You will need to create an ILLiad account to submit a request.

    For newspaper articles, try these databases:

    Selected Internet Sites

    National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) https://www.noaa.gov/

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)  https://www.usgs.gov/

    Fact sheets & data on numerous types of natural disasters with links to more federal agency resources.


    • Flood of '35. WSKG, 2002. [Non-Circ DVD F127 .S6 F4 2002]
    • Herculaneum uncovered [Non-Circ DVD DG70 .H4 S43 2007]
    • Japan's killer quake. PBS, 2011. [Non-Circ DVD QE537.2 .J37 2011]
    • The Dust Bowl. PBS, 2012. [DVD F595 .D87 2012]

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    K. Pitcher    rev. 9/10/2019