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COVID-19: resources and information: Research and COVID-19

Research and the Novel Coronavirus

We are learning more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) every day. In researching this topic, you need to keep a few things in mind:

  • Type of Source: what makes a source scholarly? Why does that matter? 
    Scholarly Credible Popular

    Scholarly sources build on research and information from credible sources. They are written by specialists or experts in their fields, and backed up by research. Scholarly sources usually take longer to be published, because they are carefully reviewed for accuracy and correctness. For that reason, you may have a hard time finding many scholarly results on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 



    Credible sources are reliable sources of accurate information. A source can be credible without being scholarly. 



    Popular sources are usually written by journalists and other non-specialists for a broad, general audience. You can use these sources, but with caution. Be sure to check the requirements of your assignment before using popular sources. 



    Books with bibliographies or notations citing their sources, peer-reviewed journal articles 


    Government organizations, such as the World Health Organization or the CDC


    Magazines, Social Media posts, Opinion Pieces

  • Date of Publication: As this global health crisis evolves, we are learning new information every day. Please bear in mind that something published even a few months ago might be out-of-date. 

Suggested Key terms

When doing any type of research, it is important to have the vocabulary to search for exactly what you are looking for. This list of key words may help get you started. Please remember that "coronavirus" is a general term that applies broadly to many types of viruses, so to find information on this outbreak, you need to be more specific in your searches. 

Scholarly Sources

  • COVID-19 
  • SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the Novel Coronavirus disease)
  • 2019-N-COV (scientific abbreviation for 2019 Novel Coronavirus)
  • Pandemic or Epidemic

News Sources

  • Novel coronavirus
  • Wuhan coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Pandemic or Epidemic

Visualize COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

Map of Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

International count of cases and deaths

International count of cases and deaths

Data is sourced from CDC and WHO, and compiled by a third party. 

How COVID-19m is Impacting Daily Lives

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What areas are people talking about?

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Topic Ideas

If you want to learn more or write about this topic, might consider researching from some of these angles:

  • Compare the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to other epidemics/pandemics
  • Learn about other types of coronaviruses​
  • Research how the Chinese government handles public health information
  • Compare how different countries and governments are responding to the global health crisis
  • Investigate how blood plasma treatments have been used to combat other diseases
  • Research how vaccines are created
  • Discuss how pandemics/epidemics are portrayed in film, tv, and other media. 

Scholarly Sources

The Lancet: Coronavirus Resource Center

The Lancet is a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal. It is among the world's oldest, most prestigious, and best known general medical journals. To assist health workers and researchers working under challenging conditions to bring this outbreak to a close, The Lancet has created a Coronavirus Resource Center. This resource brings together new 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) content from across The Lancet journals as it is published. All of their COVID-19 content is free to access.



CINAHL Plus Full text offers access to scholarly journals, ebooks, reference materials, dissertations, conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheets, audiovisuals, and continuing education information.

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Our reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. 



CDC: Provisional COVID-19 Death Counts

This dataset shows COVID-19 related death counts by age, gender, and state, dating back to February 2020. The data also compares pneumonia and flu-related deaths. 

Statista Statista: Facts and Figures on the Coronavirus

Statistia is one of the many databases available to students. So far, they have created two datasets in relation to the Novel Coronavirus:

Credible Sources

Local Information