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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Scholarly Literature

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China (COVID-19) represents a significant and urgent threat to global health. Therefore, many publishers, like the ones below, are participating in the free exchange of current health information in order to ensure that research findings and data relevant to this outbreak are shared rapidly and openly to inform the public health response and help save lives. You can learn more at the Wellcome Trust.

Government and Organizational Resources

YouTube was recently blocked on DISA networks computers, so you may need to use personal phones/iPads to view educational videos.  

Educational Resources


Guidance for Providers (for training, please select the Education tab)

Tips and Tricks for Teaching Remotely: Developing online courses takes immense thought and planning.  However, for the duration for the academic term, we will need to do our best to quickly transition from in person instruction to remote instruction.  Be flexible in your expectations as you will not be able to deliver courses in the exact same way and students will not be able to interact in the exact same way as a face to face classroom.  Use the information below to ease the transition for yourself and your students.


How to Communicate

Announcements Canvas allows for announcements to be sent through the course.
Email Canvas allows for direct email through your course.  You can email individual students, groups, or the whole class.
Teams Microsoft Office 365 (no FOUO/PII authorized) lets you set up Teams with calls, virtual meetings/seminars, file sharing, chat, wiki pages, and more communication outlets. (Note: A6 recommends using O365 on commercial Internet)
Decide what your main method of communication will be with students and what your timeline for communication will be.  Make sure this information is included in your course information so you and your students can manage expectations during this transition.


How to Deliver Content

Delivery: Asynchronous: (recommended) will be the easiest method of instruction for you and your students as you quickly transition to an online format.  It allows for the most flexibility and considers students' challenges with other scheduling needs during this pandemic.  You can record sessions and add features via the Adobe Creative Suite of software.  See the Teaching and Learning Center's Media Lab for access for access and assistance with this technology. 
Delivery: Synchronous: Use Teams or other web conferencing software sparingly for real time communication with students.  Whevener possible, record and post these conferences in Canvas or in your Teams account for access.  Remember that students are facing major adjustments in technology access and scheduling during this transition, so it is important to keep delivery flexible and accessible.
Course materials: Use Canvas to hang your course materials such as copyright cleared readings or slide decks.  You can also provide permalinks to to library materials or provide links to subject related LibGuides to help students find related readings for your course.  For assistance with permalinks or LibGuides, contact the library staff at


How Will Students Complete Learning Activities

Canvas has a number of tools to allow students to submit assignments and assessments.  For assistance on using these features of Canvas, see the AU Canvas Guides
Teams is a great space for student interaction and collaborative work.  Use a team to monitor group discussions and group projects conducted by students. 

Click here for the Federal Government's Telework Program

Telework Guide

Access to the Air University Library and its resources is available to current Air University staff, students and faculty. For access information, please see links below:

Literature Searching

Ask a librarian for assistance with a literature search

‚ÄčA lit search is searching a database for targeted results on your topic

  • Contact us for a lit search for these types of questions:
    • Research/QI project searching 

Other related pieces to lit searching:

  • We're happy to teach you to search literature efficiently on your own
  • We can consult on best keywords, phrases, and controlled vocabulary for your searches if you want to work with us instead of have us conduct the search for you. 
  • We can also work with you to see if there have been similar papers/projects done in the past, though rule-out searches are tricky based on database availability. 
  • We offer assistance with extensive/long-term research projects such as systematic reviews/meta-analysis/scoping reviews, but we request that you meet with us so we can discuss library services and timeframes.

Request document delivery if you're looking for full-text PDFs for citations you've found

Set up a an NCBI account

My NCBI allows you to save searches, save collections of citations, manage filters, and save site preferences for major NCBI databases in PubMed.

We recommend setting up a free account (you don't have to use your address) so you can have personalized features, such as the links to full text results, highlighting of your search results, and the abstracts displayed when you search rather than just the summaries of articles.

Once you've created an account, go to the Filters box, click on "Manage Filters" and then select "Link Out". In the box, type in "Darnall" and check off both the boxes for filter and link icon. Next, in the search box, type in "Free Full Text," and check off the box for "filter."

Now you can go back to the top of the screen and click on "MyNCBI" again to customize your results display. Choose "NCBI Site Preferences" then, on the next page, change your highlighting preferences to a color of your choice (it is probably default to a non-color), and your "result display setting" to "abstract" and whichever number you choose instead of summary. You're all set and ready to search!

More information on NCBI accounts (there's a lot more to them, including saved searches)

Signing up for an account

MyNCBI Site Help


Tips and Tricks for Teleworking during COVID-19

Local Resources

LitCovid from NLM/PubMed

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to over a thousand relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

CDC Handwashing Guide

Keep calm and wash your hands - CDC

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