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Expos 20 | What is Health?



This resource guide has been designed for students in  WHAT IS HEALTH?, a Spring 2020 Expos 20 course taught by  Eve Wittenberg.

The resources and strategies described on this page are specifically targeted: they represent our undefinedfirst best guesses at where you might find topic ideas, background information, research studies, and current scholarly conversations from the disciplines most closely aligned with student health: medicine, psychology, education, and sociology.

See our suggestions simply as starting points -- a preliminary toolkit or research workbench. As you proceed to investigate COVID-19 in the context of student health, other resources or other problem solving strategies may have to be added in.

Remember that good research is often about following up on hunches, testing out a hypothesis and then seeing where else (or to what else) it leads. You may need to try several search combinations before you strike gold. 

Let me know if questions arise at any point in your project. We'll triage by email or set up a time to meet in person.  

Enjoy your work! 

Sue Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Programs for Writing, Lamont Library, Room 210

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Compass Points




LitCOVID:  curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel cCoronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to 4112 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access. Search for students response to get results perhaps more closely targeted to course themes. 

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Research projects often require you to look close up at a body of inquiry produced by credentialed practitioners and scholars in a particular field.  

This research is typically collected, codified, and made findable in a tool called a subject database. You'll use them to complement, supplement your forays into HOLLIS. Sometimes, these tools will even be 

Every academic discipline has at least one subject database that's considered the disciplinary gold standard -- a reliable, (relatively) comprehensive, and accurate record of the books that scholars are publishing, and the ideas they're debating and discussing in important and influential journals. 

Databases are like lenses: they change what you see and how you see it -- and they offer you easy and efficient ways to bring your questions into sharper focus. Some good options for Essay 3:

Web of Science [interdisciplinary science; includes health and health policy publications]

Global Health 

PsycInfo [produced by the American Psychological Society; good for most topics under discussion for Essay 3]

PTSDpubs [focused entirely on the published professional and academic literature on trauma; good for topics related to mental health and infectious disease/disease breakout]

Social Science Premium Collection [interdisciplinary; topics related to sports, social norms, social institutions will find coverage here.]

Academic Search Premier  [multidisciplinary mix of scholarly articles, magazine and news publications]




A rich site of information for heath care workers, the general public, and policy makers. Worth spending some time looking around here. 

Includes resources on mobilization









  • New York Times Coronavirus Outbreak 
  • Nexis Uni: Earliest dates of coverage vary  by title but a good rule of them is to consdier it for topics in the news from the 1980s forwardNexisUni is also good for searching  transcripts of major TV  and radio news broadcasts (including BBC and NPR). 


  •  Factiva: A news and business information database produced by the Dow Jones company. Material is drawn from newspapers, news sites, newswires, TV and radio transcripts.  Start of full-text coverage varies by title, but is generally better from 1980 forward. Factiva is the major competitor to NexisUni (see below) for current news access; try both and see which one is better for your purposes. 
  • Harvard Crimson
  • Harvard Gazette​
  • Inside Higher Ed
  • The Sift Archives on Coronavirus (from the News Literacy Project)