With the spread of the Coronavirus, the world has entered a state of emergency. Facing the global epidemic, each individual should stay objective and informed. The information you are exposed to will greatly shape your judgement and decision making. Therefore, it is important to read objective and verifiable information sources. To guide you in your reading about COVID-19, DKU Library has curated this list of books, scientific research papers, government agency posts, NGO organization websites, data, and visual maps.
Reading academic books about epidemics and infectious diseases is a great starting point to understand epidemics and human society. To find books and eBooks on epidemic-related topics you can enter these suggested keywords in the Library search box:
Books & Media Search → Subject Search → “Epidemic” + “Other Relevant Subject Words”
The following video is a short demo:
Research and Scholarly Resources
Established in 1823, The Lancet Magazine is a top journal in the medical field. To assist health workers and researchers, the Lancet Magazine established the "CoronaVirus Resource Center" to publish content from the Lancet Magazine. The content of 2019 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is compiled. Everything listed is freely accessible. During the outbreak, many significant papers were published in the Lancet.
Founded in 1869, as a leading science journal, Nature provides up-to-the-minute research, evidence and data about epidemics, among thousands of other topics. This site brings together related research articles from Nature, as well as other reviews and related books on the subject. All the information on the site is freely accessible.
THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL
As one of the world’s oldest general medical journals, the BMJ collects its journals and learning resources on Coronavirus on this site. The resources are freely available.
THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL of MEDICINE
Among the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals, the New England Journal of Medicine provides a collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary.
ELSEVIER CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION CENTER
Specializing in scientific, technical, and medical content, Elsevier, a publishing and analytics company, has put together an Information Center for Novel Coronavirus. Its resources include curated information for the research and health community about the Novel Coronavirus. All resources are free to access and include guidelines for clinicians and patients.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION - COVID-19
This free collection includes relevant psychological research published across the APA Journals portfolio.
Additionally, the following selection of major academic publishing groups or magazines are making content about the coronavirus open to the public for free:
- Science (AAAS): Coronavirus: Research, Commentary, and News
- Oxford University Press articles on Coronaviru
- Taylor & Francis Novel Coronavirus Content
- Wiley Online Library: Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
- Ebsco COVID-19 Information Portal
Other Academic Sources and Analytics Websites
The following recommended URLs are websites and tools that summarize and analyze the available academic literature after the outbreak of the epidemic.
LitCovid (Hosted by National Library of Medicine)
LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing central access to 1642 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.
COVID-19 Open Research Map
This map allows you to interactively explore research output related to COVID-19, coronavirus and SARS-CoV-2 published since January 1, 2020. Each colored data point is a published document. Documents are connected when they use similar words and terminology in their abstracts.
Curated Zotero Citations from Yale Medical Library
The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library has developed a public collection of COVID-19 citations to aid the research and clinical practice missions of the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing and the Yale New Haven Hospital. The collection, accessible through this public Zotero library (no account required), includes daily updates from PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, Disaster Lit, and preprints from bioRxiv and medRxiv. The citations have roughly been sorted into different topics: epidemiology, immunology, modeling, sequencing, and treatment. There are also folders for different regions and the ability to view the collection by citation source. Most records include abstracts and all include links for users to pursue full-text access. To access the URL, click on a citation and scroll down to the URL field.
Government and Organization Websites
- WHO World Health Organization-Coronavirus Disease 2019
On this website you can find daily updates, information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
- National Health Commission of the PRC
China’s daily national epidemic information announcement. All data come from the official website of the Healthand Medical Commission. Domestic news on the epidemic, related prevention and control information are also available.
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This COVID-19 website, jointly established by the White House, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, provides prevention advice and the latest information on U.S. epidemic prevention.
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
The website provides reports and data on Europe.
Data and Statistics Websites
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University
This is a live data and interactive map web page designed by Center for Systems Sciences and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
COVID2019.app - LIVE stats & graphs
From Jan. 30th, 2020, COVID2019.app started as a live google spreadsheet tracking the new cases of the SARS-nCoV-2 from contributors’ teams in more than 45 countries. This shared google spreadsheet has very detailed statistics and graphics for each country.
DKU Library also recommends these sites providing access to a wide range of data:
- Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak timeline map (HealthMap)
- Novel coronavirus infection map (University of Washington)
- COVID-19 surveillance dashboard (University of Virginia)
- Dingxiang Doctor
News and Media
Recommended News Databases:
- Nexis Uni
Nexis Uni is the largest news database in the world. It is recommended for English-language resources.
- Wise Search
It is a daily updated news database which includes a large number of top-tier newspapers, magazines, newswires, TV and radio broadcasts from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other Pacific Asian areas. You can search using English or traditional Chinese.
- CIDRAP Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at University of Minnesota-COVID-19 Other News Resources
The University of Minnesota’s New COVID-19 special page has a news page that collects real-time updates on COVID-19 from reliable U.S. media including the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic Weekly and etc..
Recommended Chinese Journals:
- 三联生活周刊/Life Week
- 南方周末/Southern Weekly
- 南方人物周刊/Southern People Weekly
- 财经/Finance and Economics
- 中国新闻周刊/China Newsweek
The above Chinese journals have published many first-hand, in-depth reports during the epidemic. It is recommended to download Caixin’s APP. As for others, you may follow their WeChat public accounts. The library also has paper copies of Sanlian and Southern People Weekly (ready and waiting for you when you return to campus!).
Recommended English Journals
- The Atlantic
- The Guardian
- New York Times
The above are recommended English newspapers or journals, available in electronic format via Duke University Library. Search through the library's homepage https://library.duke.edu/find/journal-titles to find them.
Memory of COVID-19/2020新冠肺炎记忆
GitHub is an open source platform for private software projects. Amid this new epidemic of COVID-19, a repository has been created for netizens and researchers (such as natural language processing and epidemic prevention). It collects in-depth reports, non-fictional works and personal narratives of Covid-19 infected from various media sources in the mainland.
Some Research Methods and Suggestions
Recommended Search Keywords:
- In English: Official name: COVID-19 (named by WHO on Feb 11th 2020)
The virus has many variations in recent publications, including “novel coronavirus, novel pneumonia-like coronavirus, new coronavirus, china coronavirus, novel Chinese virus, coronavirus 2019, coronavirus disease 2019, 2019-nCoV, virus outbreak” and so on. We recommend you try different names when you are searching so as not to miss any results.
- In Chinese: 新型冠状病毒，新型冠状肺炎，新型肺炎，新冠肺炎，疫情, 突发公共卫生事件, 突发事件应急体系，突发事件预案
When you evaluate the information you are reading, please:
- Pay attention to the sources’ authors and their affiliation and evaluate their credibility and reputation;
- Check the research data’s collection procedure and research methods for the data and conclusion from articles or videos;
- Read original article, not the copied paragraphs or translated articles;
- And as always, think critically about all the sources you read.
Reading about the coronavirus in these stressful times can be upsetting, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. If you are feeling overly stressed or upset, reach out to DKU’s Counselling and Psychological Services for support: they are here to help you now more than ever: https://dukekunshan.edu.cn/en/student-life/counseling-and-psychological-services.
Declaration: the above resources or the contents listed on the websites or journals do not represent the views of DKU Library, please think independently and select carefully.