The Firearms Research Digest is a database of firearms-related research, currently covering six years, from 2000 to 2009, compiled by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. The Digest will be expanded over time to include articles from 1988 to the present. It includes research published in academic journals in social science and economics, criminology, medicine, public health, and public policy. Articles were identified through a search of the following academic indexes: the social science indexes Academic Search Premier and EconLit; the educational literature database ERIC; the psychiatry/psychology index PsychInfo; the public health and medical index, MEDLINE; and the legal and public records LexisNexis database.
Search results provide full bibliographic citation and a brief summary of findings.
Not included here are materials from non-academic sources (including government, law enforcement, and advocacy groups); studies of a purely medical nature (e.g., treatment of gunshot wounds); studies of a purely historical or antiquarian nature (e.g., Civil War firearms). Links to other potential sources of information can be found here.
The Firearms Research Digest is an ongoing project. Please let us know if you believe an article is missing from the database and should be included.
Compilation of this database was funded by The Joyce Foundation.
Published results included in this database are the sole responsibility of the authors and journals identified, and not of the Harvard School of Public Health or The Joyce Foundation.