We've been getting a lot of questions from students interested in writing about COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, formerly known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (aka the Wuhan coronavirus) for their research papers so I'm putting together some quick resources and ideas to help!
News stories that are currently unfolding present some challenges to academic researchers. Because the story is emerging, the main sources of information are going to be news stories and, in this case, documents released by public health organizations and governments. Two forms of information that academic usually rely on -- magazines and books that provide analysis and context and scholarly, peer-reviewed articles -- won't have had time to come into existence. This doesn't mean you should give up on the topic! You might look for magazines, books, and peer-reviewed articles about other disease outbreaks and compare what we currently know about the COVID-19 with those. You might look up scientific articles about coronaviruses, or about how the Chinese government handles public health information, for instance.
Several scientific publishers have put together collections of articles that are related to the coronavirus in some way:
Nature.com has a preprint that's available open access on the novel coronavirus.
National Library of Medicine's general info on pandemic influenzas could provide some good info about pandemics.
Whenever there is a rapidly developing news story, especially one that might be causing some fear and panic, there is a big opportunity for misinformation to spread both intentionally and unintentionally. While it's always important to think about the quality of your sources, it becomes especially important in these situations. Here are a handful of sources that PCC librarians recommend:
If you're starting any kind of search on the Coronavirus, the disease has been referred to by several names, so it's worth trying several different keyword searches to find everything on the subject:
If you're searching for scholarly articles, the terms COVID-19, 2019-N-COV, and SARS-CoV-2 will be most useful. If you're searching for news sources novel coronavirus and COVID-19 will likely be most useful.
Interactive coronavirus map from Johns Hopkins
Some interesting articles shared by the PCC community:
Benjakob, O. (2020, February 9). On Wikipedia, a fight is raging over coronavirus disinformation. Retrieved February 11, 2020, from Wired.co.uk website: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/wikipedia-coronavirus
Gostin, L. (2020, February 3). What Questions Should Global Health Policy Makers Be Asking About The Novel Coronavirus? Retrieved from https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20200203.393483/full/
Leung, G. (2020, February 10). Opinion | The Urgent Questions Scientists Are Asking About Coronavirus. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/opinion/coronavirus-china-research.html