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USERS GUIDE
CIP Digital Archive

Overview of collections
How to do a simple search
How to do an advanced search
Registering as a researcher
Other useful resources

Overview of collections

The primary focus of the CIP Digital Archive is federal-level policymaking related to critical infrastructure protection (CIP).

Visitors to the CIP Digital Archive will find in-depth collections of primary source documents that shed light on the evolution of CIP policy in Congress, federal agencies and the White House.

As of October 2005, the Digital Archiveís richest collections included:

  • Congressional hearings, 1993 to 2005 (selected).
  • General Accounting Office (GAO) reports, 1969 to 2005 (selected).
  • Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, 1989 to 2005 (selected)
  • Office of Technology Assessment reports, 1972 to 1995.
  • Executive Orders (Presidential) (selected)
  • Key federal-level commission reports. (Final reports, and ancillary materials, as publicly available). Examples: Presidentís Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP); Gilmore Commission; Bremer Commission; Hart-Rudman Commission; Presidentís Council on Year 2000 Conversion; 9/11 Commission.
  • National plans and strategies, particularly those authored by the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) of the Department of Commerce from 1997 to 2001 and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2001 to 2005.
  • "Think tank" reports, white papers, and studies (selected)
  • Oral history interviews conducted by the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) in conjunction with the Critical Infrastructure Protection Project (CIPP) at George Mason University. Many interviewees are former members of the Presidentís Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP) or other high-level federal officials in the area of critical infrastructure protection. (Researcher registration required for access to transcripts. See below.)
  • Links to other useful digital archival sources in government, private sector or academe.

The collecting of materials for the CIP Digital Archive is ongoing. Future additions will include more historical material, as well as more recent documents.

How to do a simple search

Enter any number of keywords, separated by spaces, into the search box at the top-right corner of any page. Press Enter/Return, or click on the Submit button to view your search results.

How to do an advanced search

Click on the Advanced Search button directly below the Simple Search box.

Advanced Search allows you to search using four different methods. You can also combine methods to improve your search results.

By entering one or more keywords in the top search box and pressing Enter/Return, you will pull up all relevant results from the entire archive. This search is the same as a Simple Search, described above.

To limit your results, enter one or more keywords in the top search box and then review the "categories" list, the "object types" list and the "file types" list, highlighting any criteria that you choose. You can select more than one category, object type or file type by depressing the Cntrl button on a PC or using the "open apple" button on a Mac. Click on one selection at a time to highlight each desired item.

After you have entered all research parameters, click the Search Objects button at the bottom of the page. A list of search results will follow.

Search results cannot be saved, so print out any lists or note any valuable combinations of research parameters to allow easy duplication of the original search.

As with any search engine, try various keywords and approaches to achieve the most comprehensive results.

Registering as a researcher

A small number of items in the CIP Digital Archive require registration to gain access. The majority of these limited-access materials are transcripts of oral history interviews conducted by the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) in conjunction with the Critical Infrastructure Protection Project (CIPP) during 2004 and 2005.

Click on this link to be taken directly to the registration page.

Hard copies of the transcripts are also available in Special Collections at Fenwick Library, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Certain restrictions may also apply. Be sure to contact library staff before your visit to confirm that the transcript(s) you seek will be available.

For a list of the transcripts available in digital form in the CIP Digital Archive, consult the indexed items found under the CIP Oral History Project category in the Digital Archive. (Use Advanced Search.)

If you are looking for a list of all items related to a particular individual, including any interview transcripts, search under the personís name using the Digital Archive search engine. For example, type in Lacombe to pull up a list of items in the Digital Archive containing Lacombe in either the title or text.

Other useful resources

The field of critical infrastructure protection is evolving so rapidly that no single source can encompass all relevant materials. In addition to using Internet search engines, be sure to check:

  • The Bibliography on this website: a useful selection of materials not available in digital format (as of 2005).
  • The Links list on this website: a list of additional resources available online. Of particular value are the websites for the General Accounting Office (GAO), Congressional Research Service (CRS), the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Library of Congress (LOC). The various Presidential Libraries around the country might also have materials of interest.

Thank you for visiting the CIP Digital Archive.