ANU Library builds COVID-19 resource

9 October 2020

The ANU Library has developed a guide to COVID-19 resources. This guide was curated by subject specialist librarians and contains lists of resources on COVID-19 which are available from the ANU Library and on the open web.

Early on in this pandemic, ANU Library staff found that there were several high priority cross-ANU and cross-institution collaborations and projects happening around COVID-19.

However, there was a gap. There was not a resource which provided both search guidance as well as a central location for the most up-to-date research on COVID-19. Library staff had received feedback that a resource like this would save a lot of time and provide academics a common starting point.

Based on this feedback, the COVID-19 LibGuide was proposed and put together by Rachel Karasick - a librarian from the WK Hancock Library branch who specialised in Health and Medicine.

Rachel utilised health-focused databases, as well as multidisciplinary resources, to ensure the guide would cover a range of different subject areas. She also used RSS feeds to make sure the latest research was available at a single click. The RSS search strategies are also available for reuse and adaptation, which will allow academics and students to modify the searches for their own needs.

The guide also includes information on peer review and evaluating resources. This aims to help those less familiar with academic research to better identify reliable sources of information about COVID-19.

Many academic publishers have been making COVID-19 related research and resources freely available, so this guide is useful to people beyond the ANU Community. The ANU Library has also been keeping a running list of these openly accessible COVID-19 resources on our website.

The guide has had almost 2,000 views since it went live in April. It's unusual for a subject-based LibGuide to get that kind of traction so quickly! Verbal feedback from academics has been very positive, as well as reactions via social media.

The COVID-19 guide is part of a larger suite of subject guides developed by the ANU Library. These cover a wide range of subjects, and we are constantly adding to this list as new guides are developed.

ANU Library staff are keen for any feedback on how we can make this resource even more useful for ANU staff and students. If you have any suggestions, please contact science.library@anu.edu.au