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Homeland Security Digital Library

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

As a student, you are able to sign up for an individual account allowing access to full collection of nearly 175,000 documents.

Create a CHDS site for full access to HSDL at:

Follow instruction provided on this page and fill out the form with your information.  Be sure to use your cairn email address.


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the "congressional watchdog," GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. Search documents within the HSDL or visit the GAO site ( to view recently issued reports.



The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

Browse CRS Reports