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I am an independent information specialist who focuses on forced migration issues. After receiving my Master’s in Library Science in 1991, I worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC and Geneva, as well as the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford.  I have written a number of articles and produced a variety of information resources relating to refugees and forced migration, including the following:




Forced Migration Current Awareness (FM-CAB) [access]

- A current awareness service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, IDPs and forced migration.


Forced Migration & Open Access [access]

- Created to provide information about open access to forced migration researchers and the extent to which it is employed in the forced migration research context.


Online Resources


Forced Migration FAQ [access]


Guide to Forced Migration Periodicals [access]


New Items (can be accessed directly or via FM-CAB): Books (on Pinterest); Journal Articles & Law (on Diigo)


Refugee Legal Aid Current Awareness Bibliography [access]




"Statelessness: A Web Research Guide." Forced Migration Current Awareness (originally published August 2011; updated Jan. 2015) [text]


"Internally Displaced Persons: Guide to Legal Information Resources on the Web." Forced Migration Current Awareness (originally published April 2009; revised & updated Jam. 2015) [text]


"Guide to International Refugee Law Resources on the Web."  Forced Migration Current Awareness (originally published July 2000; revised & updated Jan. 2015) [text]


Collecting Children's Refugee Literature: A Bibliography (March 2009; links checked Sept. 2013) [text]


"Guide to Forced Migration Resources on the Web."  Forced Migration Online (published June 2000; most recent update July 2006) [text]


Journal & Newsletter Articles/Papers


"Providing Open Access to Legal Literature," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 22 (Jan. 2012) [text]


"Open Access to Scholarly Research," Forced Migration Review, no. 38 (Oct. 2011) [text]


"Looking Online for Legal Literature," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 14 (April 2011) [text]


Self-Archiving Rates of Journal of Refugee Studies Authors (SSRN, posted 1 May 2010) [text]


'Is That Forced Migration Text Online?' Testing an Information Access Rule of Thumb (SSRN, posted 20 November 2009) [text]


"Using a Wiki to Publish a Research Guide," Library Hi Tech News, vol. 25, no. 9 (2008) [preprint] [abstract]


"Keeping Up with Refugee Research." Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 3 (September 2007) [abstract]


"Supporting the Forced Migration Research Community."  JISCMail Newsletter, no. 15 (February 2007): 1-2 [text]


"Forced Migration Online: A New Tool for Research." ASSIGNation, vol. 20, no. 3 (April 2003): 49-52


Deegan, Marilyn and Elisa Mason.  “Forced Migration: A Complex Subject.”  Library + Information Update (November 2002): 40-41


"Forced Migration Studies: Surveying the Reference Landscape."  Libri, vol. 50, no. 4 (2000): 241-251 [text


“Resolving Refugee Problems: An Introduction to the United Nations Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme and Its Documentation.”  Journal of Government Information, vol. 27, no. 1 (2000): 1-11 [abstract]






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