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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): In Science Literature

Keywords & Terms

Before this disease was officially named, it had been referred to by several names. 

Scholarly sources, use these terms:

  • COVID-19 
  • SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the Novel Coronavirus disease)
  • 2019-N-COV (scientific abbreviation for 2019 Novel Coronavirus)

News sources, use these terms:

  • Novel coronavirus
  • Wuhan coronavirus
  • COVID-19

Scientific literature and developing research

Because the story has so recently emerged, the main information sources will be news stories and documents released by public health organizations and governments.  While there are some scholarly articles published recently on COVID-19, you will not find books on this topic.

Research Suggestions

  • Compare literature about other disease outbreaks to COVID-19.
  • Search for articles about coronaviruses, or how the Chinese government handles public health information. 

Google Scholar and Scholarly Articles

Google Scholar will most likely contain the latest scholarly research on the Novel Coronavirus. Be sure your Google Scholar preferences include Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) as your library (under library links) so you can access AUM -licensed content. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

Google Scholar



Scientific literature and developing research

Scientific resources

Several scientific publishers and journals have put together collections of articles that are related to the coronavirus: