COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) updates and resources

This page was last updated on Thursday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m.
Editor's note: added section for "Researching COVID-19"

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Responding to COVID-19

Miami University is delivering all instruction remotely, following directives from state public health officials in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding as we take steps to ensure the health and safety of the Miami community.

The University Libraries are delivering services remotely, with all physical locations closed.

This website will serve as a hub for the Libraries policies and updates as the situation evolves and questions arise.

Library closures

The University Libraries are delivering services remotely. All physical locations are closed.

Closures include all campus libraries along with group study rooms, King Cafe, and the Makerspace including virtual reality and multimedia production studios.

Events

All Library events have been canceled or postponed. See the University Libraries' Localist page for more details.

Library Services

In order to follow the directives of university administration, Ohio Governor DeWine, and state public health officials, staff are unable to retrieve materials from our physical collections.

However, please get in touch with a librarian if you need a particular book, journal, newspaper, or other text from our collection. We may be able to find an electronic version or a suitable alternative.

  • We're working to extend all checkout dates until summer, and will waive all fines.
  • If you'd like to return print materials (books, journals, newspapers, etc) or a phone charger, calculator, or other small and sturdy piece of equipment, you can deposit them in the book drop.
  • For laptops, iPads, tablets, cameras, and the like, please contact LibFines@MiamiOH.edu with questions — please don't send them tumbling through the book drop.

Interlibrary and OhioLINK checkouts of physical materials have been suspended, but digital copies may be available.

Have questions or need assistance? Get in touch with us.

All electronic resources — journals, databases, eBooks, digital collections, and more — can be accessed from anywhere in the world by using your Miami ID to log in. All links from the Libraries' guides and lists should automatically direct you to the proxy login.

If you happen to find yourself at a resource and are unable to access the materials because you weren't automatically directed through the proxy, simply add http://proxy.lib.miamioh.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the URL. See more details about using the proxy.

Librarians are available for virtual consultations and support.

All University Library locations are currently closed.

Faculty are encouraged to check in with their subject librarian to discuss alternative lesson plans to in-person library visits.

Resources for students, faculty, and staff

All electronic resources — journals, databases, eBooks, digital collections, and more — can be accessed from anywhere in the world by using your Miami ID to log in. All links from the Libraries' guides and lists should automatically direct you to the proxy login. If you happen to find yourself at a resource and are unable to access the materials because you weren't automatically directed through the proxy, simply add http://proxy.lib.miamioh.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the URL. See more details about using the proxy.

As faculty shift to remote instruction, the Libraries offer ways to enhance online learning.

Our research and instruction librarians are ready to assist with materials and instruction for your courses! Contact us directly or Ask Us!

In anticipation of possible absences, please use our general email if you do not hear back from your liaison librarian within a business day.

1. Connect students with electronic resources available through the library

The library provides online access to numerous online resources, including electronic books (ebooks), newspaper and journal articles, and streaming films. You can search our collections for works to use as part of online instruction. If you or your students need assistance locating online materials, we invite you to contact your subject specialist or request reference assistance via chat, email, or phone.

2. Share Open Access (OA) works

OA works are articles, books, films, lecture recordings and other learning materials that are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. There are a variety of OA repositories you and your students can use to find resources that can be used for instruction and the creation of new scholarship. They include the Directory of Open Access Journals and OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) a search tool developed by SUNY’s Geneseo's Milne Library that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 97 different sources and contains over 385,000 records.

3. Direct students to other works made publicly available online

You can also provide students with links to resources made freely and legally available online. This could include linking to news stories, reports, data sets, etc.

4. Make works available under user rights found in U.S. copyright law, such as fair use.

The fair use exception found in Section 107 of U.S. copyright law provides options for making copies of works available for students as part of the educational process. You can learn more about fair use and the four factors involved with making fair use determinations here. Have questions about copyright? Contact MU’s copyright librarian, Carla Myers, at myersc2@miamioh.edu or 513-529-3935.

5. Share public domain works

Works in the public domain are free of copyright protection this includes works whose term of copyright protection has expired and work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties (e.g., reports, photographs, and other resources produced by the CDC, NIH, NASA, etc.). Repositories such as Google Books, the HathiTrust Digital Library, and Project Gutenberg make available millions of books that are in the public domain due to their term of copyright expiring.

The COVID-19 global pandemic represents a massive area of research with impacts in virtually all fields of study. We've put together a collection of resources for those interested in researching COVID-19 and its effects around the world, including:

  • Systematic reviews, data, and research collections
  • Government resources for consumers
  • News, podcasts, and other media
  • Peer-reviewed open-access resources
  • Consumer health databases (subscription provided by Miami University Libraries)
  • Temporarily open-access resources related to COVID-19
  • Public health resources
  • U.S. government resources
  • Resources for librarians and health information professionals
  • World Health Organization (WHO) resources

Visit the research guide

Questions? Comments? Get in touch with social sciences librarian Anna Liss Jacobsen, who is collecting these resources.

Top Resources

Miami Hotline and Other Numbers

The Miami University Health Services Information hotline number is 513-529-3003. This line is updated with the most current information as it is made available.

If you need to make an appointment with Miami University Health Services, please call 513-529-3000.

The Butler County General Health District phone number is 513-863-1770; the after-hours, emergency-only number is 877-774-4636.

The Ohio Department of Health call center is operating from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Coronavirus Resources

Butler County General Health District

301 S. Third Street
Hamilton, OH

513-863-1770
513-863-4372 (fax)

www.butlercountyohio.org/health