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Biodefense (Policy)

Core resources for students in the Biodefense masters and PhD programs.

COVID-19 Resources

It's important to remember that the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic is a new, ongoing, and developing issue. Therefore, subject headings relating to Coronavirus 2019 might not be applied to every article in a timely manner and you may need to use keywords to search.

Potential keywords:

  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Coronavirus

Below are suggested databases to research:

Cactus COVID-19 Research Platform

This site is the world’s largest AI-driven & human-curated collection of research, news, literature reviews, clinical trials, datasets, and other educational resources on COVID-19.

Founded in 2002, Cactus Communications is the world’s largest provider of scholarly communication services to researchers, publishers, institutions, and corporations.

Coronavirus Free Access Collection from Cambridge Core

This collection provides free access to content on COVID-19 that is published in Cambridge University Press's family of publlications.

COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access from Taylor & Francis

This collection provides free access to content on COVID-19 that is published in Taylor & Francis's family of publications.

EBSCO COVID-19 Information Portal

This portal is an open-access initiative to provide access to news articles, maps and visuals, reports, and more from around the web.

Oxford University Press Resources on COVID-19, Other Coronaviruses, and Related Topics

This collection provides free access to content on COVID-19 that is published in Oxford University Press's family of publications.

ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database

The Coronavirus Research Database aggregates authoritative content from ProQuest with content made available at no cost by members of the International Association of STM Publishers – including Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and The BMJ. Full-text content in the database is available either directly from ProQuest or via links to publisher sites.

American Society for Microbiology Resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This resource hub contains information on COVID-19 research, protocols and advisory materials for diagnostic testing procedures.

Founded in 1899, the American Society for Microbiology  is a professional organization for scientists who study viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. ASM publishes scientific journals and books related to microbiology and collaborates with policymakers to advocate for evidence-based policy and the highest standards in scientific practice.

Cell Press Coronavirus Resource Hub

Curated by members of the Cell Press editorial team, this page features the latest content related to COVID-19 as it appears in various Cell Press journals.

Cell Press publishes over 50 scientific journals across the life, physical, earth, and health sciences, both independently and in partnership with scientific societies. Their flagship publication, Cell, began in 1974, and publishes findings of unusual significance in any area of experimental biology.

CORD-19: COVID-19 Open Research Dataset

This site provides more than 130,000 scientific articles about COVID-19 for use by the global research community.

The United States federal government provides county-level guidance on COVID-19, with resources on masking, vaccines, testing, and treatment.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Reliable Government Information Resources

This bibliography from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is a collection of federal resources related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Comprehensive website for information on Coronavirus

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports on Coronavirus Disease 2019

Published research products the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has prepared for Congress related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Laws enacted by Congress search results related to COVID-19

National Library of Medicine: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Comprehensive site for information

SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Toolbox

American Biological Safety Association's Resources and Tool Kit

Coronavirus: DOD Response

News and information from the US Department of Defense

COVID States Project

This multi-university group of researchers aims to identify links between social behaviors and virus transmission, as well as the impact of messaging and regulation on individual and community outcomes during this crisis. Data and research are published in reports, papers, blog posts, and various visualization trackers.

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak on Scitrus

This site collects preprints, news stories, and datasets on the COVID-19 outbreak from around the web, all tagged for searchability.

SCITRUS is a free content delivery service that is powered by machine learning. SCITRUS aggregates every scientific article published and evaluates them according to your specific interests to produce a custom, personalized live feed in a familiar magazine-like interface. The most relevant articles are displayed chronologically, from newest to oldest, with the most important articles for you appearing larger than all others.

Path to Zero: Key Metrics for COVID Suppression - Pandemics Explained

A project of the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Brown School of Public Health, this map displays global COVID risk levels on a per country basis, with county-level risk levels available for the United States. Additional maps display testing targets, infection rate, and hospital capacity.


Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker from The New York Times

Updated frequently, this page provides in-depth tracking of the various COVID-19 vaccines as they move through three phases of testing, those that have been approved for early or limited use, and those vaccines that are approved for use in the general public.

*The New York Times is providing free access to its coronavirus coverage, however, in order to access articles in their entirety users may need to sign up for a free account with The Times.

COVID Tracking Project

A project of The Atlantic, this site collects and publishes data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (CRC) is a continuously updated source of COVID-19 data and expert guidance. This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.

Considered one of the top medical institutions in the world, Johns Hopkins Hospital is a teaching hospital and biomedical research facility of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

New England Journal of Medicine Coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

Providing free access to articles and other resources on the COVID-19 outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary.

Established in 1812, the New England Journal of Medicine is one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world. Published weekly, the Journal provides high-quality, peer-reviewed research to physicians, educators, researchers, and the global medical community.

F1000Research Disease Outbreaks Gateway

This resource collects papers, articles, case reports, metrics, posters, slides and research of a medical and scientific nature on COVID-19.

F1000Research is an open research publishing platform for scientists, scholars and clinicians offering rapid publication of articles and other research outputs without editorial bias. All articles benefit from transparent peer review and editorial guidance on making all source data openly available.

Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

This fact sheet from the U.S. State Department presents problems faced by the U.S. government as it works with the Chinese government to determine the COVID-19 pandemic's origin, including the theory that the virus originated in a virology lab.


LitCovid provides access to nearly 49,000 scientific articles on COVID-19 as published in PubMed. Articles are organized by research topic and geographic location and updated daily.

LitCovid is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology, part of the National Library of Medicine under the National Institutes of Health, which is the federal focal point for medical research in the United States.

LIVIVO COVID-19 Collection

This collection contains nearly 50,000 articles from various scientific sources, including preprints from bioRxiv and medRxiv.

LIVIVO is an interdisciplinary search engine for literature and information in the field of life sciences. It is run by ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences.

The Lancet COVID-19 Resource Centre

This resource brings together COVID-19 content from across The Lancet journals as it is published. All content is freely available to access.

The Lancet is one of the world's oldest and best known medical journals. Founded in 1823, The Lancet has sought to address urgent topics in our society, initiate debate, put science into context, and influence decision makers around the world. Today, The Lancet has evolved as a family of journals across various medical disciplines.

Lex-Atlas: Covid-19

A global academic project mapping legal responses to Covid-19

The ABA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force

The ABA Coronavirus Task Force is a nationwide task force of volunteer lawyers and judges that identifies legal needs arising from the pandemic. Information on this website includes how the pandemic has impacted the delivery of legal services, court access and rules changes, legal needs, public benefits programs, and pro bono services.

Founded in 1878, the American Bar Association (ABA) sets model ethics codes for the legal profession and accredits U.S. law schools, a practice the association has done since 1923.

Fastcase COVID-19 Resources

Fastcases's COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together free legislative and government updates with COVID-19 content from leading news media sources. Samples of the information provided by Fastcase include Docket Alarm, highlighting recent legal cases involving COVID-19, webinars on relief support that meet CLE standards, and state-specific bar association resources.

Legal Information Institute COVID-19 Resources

This website collects information on legislative, regulatory, judicial, and executive responses in the U.S. to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Founded in 1992, the Legal Information Institute is a small research, engineering, and editorial group at Cornell Law School that collaborates with publishers, scholars, computer scientists, and others to promote open access to the law.

Law in the Time of COVID-19

This libguide, compiled by Mary Whisner at the University of Washington School of Law, collects resources to support Law in the Time of COVID-19 (LAW B599, a special topics class offered Spring 2020) and to inform anyone interested in the wide array of legal issues related to the pandemic.

Legal Issues Raised by the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog post, written by Concord Law School, explores the following legal issues in America related to the COVID-19 pandemic: quarantine and stay-at-home orders, criminal law, civil procedure, family law, employment law, and insurance.