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Resource Discovery List for Covid-19 Research

Announcement, New Resource

moving average of COVID-19, countries with >2,500 cases and >50 deaths

The Covid-19 pandemic has mobilized researchers around the world, particularly those engaged in health sciences and adjacent fields. The output of new preliminary research, trials, Covid-related data and code, as well as tools for visualizing and analyzing these materials, can be overwhelming. The following list of online venues that are hosting and curating Covid-related research and data is not intended to be comprehensive, but is a starting point for those who are engaged in this work, those who have an interest in initiating Covid-related research, or those who may be planning to use these materials in the classroom. With a broad variety of new and interdisciplinary research emerging by the hour, UH Libraries can help you identify, collect, organize research data, as well as archive and share the research data you generate, at the start of a project and at any phase along the way.

Federal repositories for COVID-19 data

Open-Access Data and Computational Resources to Address COVID-19 

From the NIH, Office of Data Science Strategy. Covid-19 open-access data and computational resources are being provided by federal agencies, including NIH, public consortia, and private entities. These resources are freely available to researchers, and this page will be updated as more information becomes available.” 

Covid-19 Secondary data and statistics

CDC collection of selected secondary data and statistics sources to help researchers find data on Covid-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus). Materials listed in these guides are selected to provide awareness of quality public health literature and resources.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Consumer Complaint Data

The FTC publishes updated coronavirus-related complaint data each weekday based on fraud, do not call, identity theft, and other reports consumers submit to the Consumer Sentinel Network via Complaint Assistant. The aggregated data begins January 1, 2020 and runs to the current date.

Covid-19 Demographic and Economic Resources

The Covid-19 Hub presents selected Census Bureau demographic and economic data to help guide decision making during the Covid-19 pandemic. The data are presented in interactive maps and downloadable resources that users can directly incorporate into their research and data products.

General Data Repositories for Covid-19 data

Dimensions Covid-19 publications, data sets, clinical trials

Dimensions, the sister company to the open data repository Figshare, is a scholarly database that includes awarded grants, patents, and clinical trials alongside publication and Altmetric attention data. Updated daily, this spreadsheet provides access to content from Dimensions.ai that includes a global body of publications, datasets, clinical trials, and grants.

Github Topic for Covid-19 

Github is an open community for software and code development, collaboration, and sharing. Commonly, subjects with heavy interest and focus are compiled as a Topic. This Github topic provides a compilation of public repositories that contain code focused around research and awareness of the virus.

Zenodo Coronavirus Disease Research Community – COVID-19

Zenodo is an open access, open source, international “catch-all” repository that was founded by CERN and the OpenAire Project in 2013. Zenodo allows users to create communities of research and sharing within the platform. This community collects research outputs relevant to the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) or the SARS-CoV-2. Scientists are encouraged to upload their outcome in this collection to facilitate sharing and discovery of information. 

Harvard Dataverse – COVID-19 Data Collection

Harvard Dataverse is a free data repository open to all researchers from any discipline both inside and outside of the Harvard community. This is a general collection of Covid-19 data deposited in the Harvard Dataverse. Researchers who deposit their related data into Harvard Dataverse will have the content linked to this collection, to increase discoverability of their data.

Research Repositories for Covid-19 Literature

LitCovid

LitCovid is a curated hub for tracking up-to-date and peer-reviewed scientific literature from PubMed about the 2019 novel Coronavirus, providing a central access point to relevant articles.

CORD-19

Covid-19 Open Research Dataset allows you to search scholarly articles, including over 13,000 with full text, about Covid-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.

Covid-19 SARS-CoV-2 preliminary research posted to medRxiv and bioRxiv

An up-to-the-minute collection of Covid-19 SARS-CoV-2 preliminary findings posted to medRxiv and bioRxiv, the two primary preprint servers for biologists, clinicians, and other health science researchers. Note that both medRxiv and bioRxiv receive many new papers on coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 daily, all of which undergo a screening process, but these are preliminary reports and have not been peer reviewed.

Tools for Covid-19 Visualization

Coronavirus world map and US map

Coronavirus world map and US map from John Hopkins University. The interactive world map gives you confirmed cases by country, region, and global death and recoveries. The US map breaks down to the county level and is updated daily.

Coronavirus infographic datapack

Coronavirus infographic datapack from information is beautiful contains a variety of visualizations related to Covid-19, such as infection trajectories, rising and falling of cases and deaths, connections with existing conditions.

CDC graphics

CDC provides graphics associated with Covid-19, including mortality and rates of hospitalization.

Coronavirus tracker by Tableau

Coronavirus tracker provided by Tableau visualizes Johns Hopkins University data to help you stay on top of key Covid-19 metrics, including totals, the spread of Covid-19, and outbreaks around the world. This dashboard will be updated daily.

IHME Covid-19 projections

Covid-19 projections created by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. It projects daily infections and testing, daily and total death, and hospital resource use in the world and the US. It also breaks down to states to further investigate the trends for specific areas.

 

These resources are just the tip of the iceberg of what is available. We can also help you navigate beyond the landscape of Covid-19 research. For additional information feel free to consult our research guides for Finding Data and Data Archiving or schedule a consultation.

 

HSL Update

Announcement

Beginning Monday, May 18, the Health Sciences Library will be closed, but staff will be on site from 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.

For assistance, contact Rachel Helbing via email at rrhelbin@central.uh.edu or phone at 713-743-5462.

Those who have received permission to return to campus may request physical materials and/or printing.

Physical materials (books, models, etc.):

    • Send requests to rrhelbin@central.uh.edu. Once a pick-up time has been arranged, materials will be checked out and placed on top of the book drop in the hallway outside the library.
    • Materials can be returned in the book drop.

Printing:

    • Send files to be printed as attachments to rrhelbin@central.uh.edu. Once a pick-up time has been arranged, prints will be placed on top of the book drop in the hallway outside the library.

All remaining library services will continue to be provided remotely, both on and off campus.

    • Reference/access questions
    • Research consultations
    • Instruction
    • Literature search assistance

Thank you, and stay healthy!

Health Sciences Library space closure

Announcement, News

The Health Sciences Library space is closed until further notice.

Please check this blog for updates.

 

Library services are still available!

We are working remotely to continue providing library services to our health sciences faculty, staff, and students.

Contact us for questions about electronic resources access, instruction requests, research consultations, literature search assistance, etc.

Ways to reach us:

  • Contact your liaison librarian directly.

 

Rachel Helbing                                                       

rrhelbin@central.uh.edu                                   

713-743-5462                                                           

Health & Human Performance

Health Education

Medicine

Optometry

Pharmacy

 

Stefanie Lapka

slapka@central.uh.edu

713-743-8334

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Nursing

Social Work

 

  • Contact our general email address. It will be monitored from 7 am – 6 pm Monday through Friday.

 

hslib@central.uh.edu

 

Try to stay healthy, everyone!

PubMed Update

Announcement, News, Special Event

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has been developing an updated version of PubMed which will replace the current interface sometime in early 2020.

New features will include enhanced search results and a responsive design for mobile devices.

The new site is currently available to preview and use at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?otool=uhulib

Be sure to click on the green “Feedback” button in the lower right corner of the page to let NLM know what you think, or if you encounter any problems.

To help you get ready for this change, the Health Sciences Librarians will be hosting PubMed demonstration & help sessions in December (at the Health Sciences Library) and January (in the Faculty Café).

New PubMed demo drop-in sessions,
Held at the Health Sciences Library conference room:

Monday, December 2……….12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, December 3……….12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday, December 5……..3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10……..11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, December 12……12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Friday, December 13…………9:00 am – 11:00 am
Monday, December 16……..10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 18..12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New PubMed demo drop-in sessions,
Held at the Faculty Café:

Thursday, January 9…………8:30 am – 10:30 am
Friday, January 10……………8:30 am – 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 15……11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, January 23……….2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Not ready to make the switch? You can still access full-text articles through the current version of PubMed by using UH Libraries’ custom link, https://libraries.uh.edu/pubmed

Please stop by one of our upcoming sessions, or contact the Health Sciences Library with any questions.

Rachel Helbing, rrhelbin@central.uh.edu, 713-743-5462

Stefanie Lapka, slapka@central.uh.edu, 713-743-8334

Phones are back up

News

You should now be able to call us on our main line and get through: 713-743-1910.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused by this outage.

Phones are down

News

The Health Sciences Library main desk phone lines are currently down. We are working with campus IT to solve this problem. In the meantime, please call Jessica (713-743-7870), Rachel (713-743-5462), or Stefanie (713-743-8334) directly for assistance.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

American Diabetes Month

Health Observance

November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes occurs when the body either does not produce insulin (Type 1), or does not produce or use insulin very well (Type 2). In both instances, the result is high blood sugar levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 15% of adults age 20 and over have diabetes. This is a disease that affects many members of the University of Houston community, whether directly or indirectly. It can be helpful to know where to find information that is geared toward multiple audiences on health topics like these.

To find trustworthy information about diabetes written for laypeople, visit MedlinePlus.gov. This is a website produced by the National Library of Medicine which helps to take some of the guesswork out of searching for health information online.

Laptop next to notebook and pen on desktop.
Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay

Those of you who are researchers, clinicians, or health sciences students may want to delve into the journal literature. We have the complete run of the journal Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association available online. You can also try searching PubMed with the MeSH term Diabetes Mellitus to find studies from a wide range of journals.

Be sure to visit our blog each month for new health observance summaries.

A new PubMed is coming…

News
PubMed Labs, the test version of the new site.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) let us know some months ago that they’ve been working on a new version of PubMed (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma19/ma19_pubmed_update.html). I attended a webinar today to learn more about the new features, functionality, and look of the site, which is set to launch at the beginning of 2020.

The “labs” (or beta) version is already available to use. If interested, give the new site a try at UH’s custom link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pubmed/?otool=uhulib

Be sure to click on the green “Feedback” button in the lower right corner of the page to let NLM know what you think, or if you encounter any problems that need to be fixed prior to launch.

Once the new site has officially switched over, we’ll be offering open classes on how to get the most out of your PubMed searches. Watch this space (and your email) for more information.

Group Study Room update

Announcement

As of this morning, the glass study room walls in the Health Sciences Library are now frosted. The effect is mostly opaque (although the glass on the doors is still clear).

We hope this will help you stay focused as you work in the rooms.

HSL Conference Room

Announcement, New Service

We’ve implemented a new process for faculty and staff to reserve the conference room (2221-A) in the Health Sciences Library.

Going forward, please visit https://uh.libcal.com/reserve/hsl-private/2221A and use the calendar at the bottom of the page to schedule the room.

Description

The Health Sciences Library Conference Room is equipped with a Polycom HDX 8000 conferencing system with Zoom integration. Can utilize both camera and room microphones for interactive Zoom meetings. CougarNet-login desktop computer, laptops available for checkout, cables and adapters to connect your own laptop. 82 inch monitor on the wall as well as a glass markerboard.

This room can be reserved by faculty and staff. The capacity is 14.

Directions

Located in Health 1/Health 2 inside the Health Sciences Library. The Health Sciences Library is room # 2222; the Conference Room # is 2221-A.

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