The Disaster Information Reference Library


Version 4.4 is the most recent semi-annual update of this reference library. It has been published as of May 09, 2022, as a minor update. Another minor update will follow during this summer. The library now contains 4,099 references of predominantly English-language, peer-reviewed work in the study domains of disaster information and information technologies and their uses in the context of disasters. This represents an increase over the previous version of 166 references, or 4.2%.

The DIRL is intended to become an indispensable tool for Disaster Information and Technology-interested scholars. In particular, reviewers of paper submissions may want to rely on this reference library.

Packaged in a zip file, bibTeX, RIS as well as an Endnote package (enlp) versions are available. Mendeley or Zotero versions can easily be created by importing from RIS or bibTeX files. Please get back to us in case of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your interest and cooperation.

Acknowledgement: No curator can do the work alone. Under the curator and editorship of Hans Jochen Scholl, the DIRL has been maintained and expanded over the years with the help of teams led by Jan Boyd and Galen Guffy and graduate student team members Andrea Leigh Berg, Andrew Mckenna-Foster, Jessie Novotny, Marie Peeples, and Hannah Robinson.

Citation: Scholl, H. J. (2022). The Disaster information Reference Library (DIRL). Versions 4.4—5.0. Retrieved from:

Please also note: The DIRL is provided on basis of self-service. Do not request any support.