Note: The intent of this page is to provide a roadmap to resources--statistics, web sites, and published media on issues of gun control. The ALA Library has the same access to these materials as would any member of the library public, as we do not collect in this area. Individual libraries may have additional published resources or access to the subscription databases mentioned to further support research or to assist guiding local library users to these materials.
The databases listed below are the common ones with indexed content that would include firearms issues. The links go to the descriptive page; contact your local library reference staff for information on access.
From ProQuest, this database includes references to full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data.
From Proquest, a database with scholarly journal articles, dissertations, books and other information covering a wide variety of the social and behavioral sciences. It is useful for finding information on controversial topics as well.
Some search terms to try when searching databases for this topic:
CQ Researcher provides in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.NOTE: Some content requires a subscription.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy. CSGV is composed of 47 national organizations working to reduce gun violence. Our coalition members include religious organizations, child welfare advocates, public health professionals, and social justice organizations. This diversity of member organizations allows us to reach a wide variety of grassroots constituencies who share our vision of non-violence.
Made up of the foremost gun law attorneys in the nation, the Law Center tracks and analyzes firearms legislation in all 50 states, files amicus briefs in critical Second Amendment cases across the country, and works with lawmakers and advocates to craft and promote legislation that will reduce gun violence and save lives.
POLITICO is a nonpartisan, Washington-based political journalism organization that serves as the one-stop shop for fast in-depth coverage of the White House, Congress, politics and policy. They maintain a webpage dedicated to the latest news regarding gun control policy.
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else.
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) works to stop gun death and injury through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration. Its approach is to view the issues through a public health perspective.
Using published reviews from both Booklist and Choice, along with suggested titles from other sources, we have compiled an OCLC Worldcat list on Gun control. Those titles on the list with reviews in those two sources are so indicated; the other material has not been consulted but has been included based on publisher description and currency. The list includes titles intended for high school and older.
Entries link to the WorldCat record for the print title in most cases.
Search terms that might be used in local catalogs include:
Reports data from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence, presenting a comprehensive analysis of firearm-related deaths and injuries among U.S. children, examining overall patters, patterns by intent, trends, and precipitating circumstances. It concludes that "Firearm injuries are an important public health problem, contributing substantially to premature death and disability of children. Understanding their nature and impact is a first step toward prevention." Published in Pediatrics, June 2017; written by Katherine A. Fowler, Linda L. Dahlberg, Tadesse Haileyesus, Carmen Gutierrez, and Sarah Bacon.
FBI study, published September 16, 2013, to provide federal, state, and local law enforcement with data so they can better understand how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from these incidents. (PDF, 47 pages)
CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States.
From the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a comprehensive collection of data from national surveys, state-based surveys, and collected license statistics documenting trends in firearms and commerce.
A curated collection of several hundred thousand U.S. government documents pertaining to homeland security, Topics include terrorism, school violence, gangs, mass evaluation, social media use in emergencies, immigration.
"This report focuses on mass shootings and selected implications they have for federal policy in the areas of public health and safety. While such crimes most directly impact particular citizens in very specific communities, addressing these violent episodes involves officials at all levels of government and professionals from numerous disciplines. This report does not discuss gun control and does not systematically address the broader issue of gun violence. Also, it is not intended as an exhaustive review of federal programs addressing the issue of mass shootings." However it is helpful for the actual incidents of mass shootings.
An online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 700,000+ questions and responses, from 18,000+ surveys and 1,700+ polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.