Open & Emergency Resources During C19

image of book covers from the National Emergency Library

While for the well-being of ourselves and others we are physically isolated, access to information is more important than ever. In response, the following are newly created, exceptionally available, and under-recognized open resources for your learning, teaching, and research in a Covid-19 world.
Conducting Experimental Research:  Research as a Transferable Skill

Exceptionally Available Collections

Emergency Access by Publisher
Several platforms, publishers, and licensors are allowing expanded access to their collections. This guide is maintained by the libraries and intended for those in the Tulane community who wish to take advantage of these limited-time opportunities.
National Emergency Library
The Internet Archive has suspended waitlists on their lending collection of 1.4 million digitized books. A rationale for that decision is here. Updates on the National Emergency Library and other collections from the Internet Archive are available through RSS syndication. If you are new to RSS, use the libraries’ Research Guide on RSS for assistance.

Expanded access to HathiTrust increases access for Tulane students, faculty, and staff from 26% to 46% of the library's print book collection, including copyrighted works. HathiTrust is also requesting proposals for their Advanced Collaborative Support Program through April 30, 2020.

Fighting Viral Misinformation

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
Mike Caulfield’s open textbook Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers is useful for anyone trying to get closer to the truth. His model suggests four basic tactics for evaluating information and emphasizes building a habit of monitoring emotional reactions. The textbook also maintains a reference list of reputable fact-checking organizations.

Open Infrastructure for Scholars

ORCID - “ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more. You can use your iD to share your information with other systems, ensuring you get recognition for all your contributions, saving you time and hassle, and reducing the risk of errors.”

Zotero - “Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. If you’re using Zotero for research related to COVID-19, let us know at We’ll provide unlimited online file storage for the duration of the crisis.”

Humanities Commons - “A network for people working in the humanities. Discover the latest open-access scholarship and teaching materials, make interdisciplinary connections, build a WordPress website, and increase the impact of your work by sharing it in the repository.” - OSF is a free, open platform to support research and enable collaboration. Share papers in OSF Preprints or a community-based preprint provider, so others can find and cite your work. Track impact with metrics like downloads and view counts. Store data, code, and other materials in OSF Storage. Every file gets a unique, persistent URL (doi) for citing and sharing.