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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): In Science Literature

Information and resources for people interested in learning about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Names of "Coronavirus"

Before this disease was officially named, it had been referred to by several names. 

Scholarly sources, use these terms:

  • 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, use these terms:

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

Writing about Coronavirus

Scientific literature and developing research

Several scientific publishers and journals have put together collections of articles that are related to the coronavirus (below). Because the story has so recently emerged, the main information sources will be news stories and documents released by public health organizations and governments. Research suggestions:

  • Compare literature about other disease outbreaks to COVID-19.
  • Search for articles about coronaviruses, or how the Chinese government handles public health information.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Be sure your Google Scholar preferences include Willamette University as your library (under library links) to access Willamette-licensed content. For more customization & info visit our Google Scholar page.

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Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)

Academic Search Complete provides full text for more than 8,500 academic, social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multi-cultural journals. It offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 12,500 journals. Over 7,300 of the full text journals are peer reviewed.

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PubMed (Medline) is THE PLACE TO START for life science info, especially related to medical and health related issues. Some full-text articles are available, but it is primarily an index. It also abbreviates medical journal titles according to CSE citation format. 

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