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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Announcement

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Select services are available in person. Many additional services are available remotely. To learn more, see our Fall Hours and Services flyer.

Visit our guide to Using the Library During the COVID-19 Pandemic for more information regarding access to library resources, reference assistance, and instructional support.

Many documents are available online from our Government Information LibGuide and our catalog. Quick links to online resources are available by GovInfo.gov  and U.S. Agencies - A-Z.

UMW Libraries Online Library Resources for Faculty and Students is another point of service for virtual use. Remote research assistance is available. You can call the Reference Desk at 540-654-1148, email us at refdesk@umw.edu, text us your questions at 540-657-3337, or use our chat function to talk to a librarian from your computer.

 

COVID-19 Guidance for Federal Depository Libraries including Additional COVID-19 Guidance (updated 3/13/2020)

FDLP has compiled some reliable Government Information on the Coronavirus..

 

Critical Releases from the Homeland Security Digital Library (October 2020)
From Consensus to Conflict: Understanding Foreign Measures Targeting U.S. Elections
  RAND Coporation
Homeland Threat Assessment, October 2020
  United States. Department of Homeland Security
State of the Nation: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey: Report #14: Misinformation and Vaccine Acceptance
  Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.); Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.); Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy
Strengthening the Cyber Resilience of North American Energy Systems
  Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Mexico Institute
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence: Public Action Plan
  United States. Department of Homeland Security

 

Critical Releases from the Homeland Security Digital Library (September 2020)

Attitudes on Voting in 2020: Preparing for Elections During a Pandemic
  RAND Corporation
Contagion Externality of a Superspreading Event: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and COVID-19
  IZA Institute of Labor Economics 
Fighting Coronavirus Misinformation and Disinformation: Preventive Product Recommendations for Social Media Platforms
  Center for American Progress
From the Factory to the Frontlines: The Operation Warp Speed Strategy for Distributing a COVID-19 Vaccine
  United States. Department of Health and Human Services; United States. Department of Defense
Genesis of a Conspiracy Theory: Key Trends in QAnon Activity Since 2017
  Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Mayors' 2020 Vision: An American Breakthrough
  United States Conference of Mayors
Protests & Public Safety: A Guide for Cities & Citizens
  Georgetown University. Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
Reimagining Grid Resilience: A Framework for Addressing Catastrophic Threats to the US Electricity Grid in an Era of Transformational Change
  Rocky Mountain Institute
State of the Nation: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey: Report #10: The Pandemic and the Protests
  Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.); Harvard Medical School; Rutgers University; Northwestern University (Evanston, III.); Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence: Public Action Plan
  United States. Department of Homeland Security

 

Critical Releases from the Homeland Security Digital Library (August 2020)

Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19 
  Public Health Law Watch
GEC Special Report: Pillars of Russia's Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem
  United States. Department of State
Mass Attacks in Public Spaces - 2019
  United States. Secret Service. National Threat Assessment Center
Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities
  Council on Criminal Justice
Reimagining Workforce Policy in the Age of Disruption: A State Guide for Preparing the Future Workforce Now
  National Governors' Association. Center for Best Practices
Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate on Russian Active Measures Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election; Volume 5: Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities (Redacted)
  United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence
Report on Police Reform and Racial Justice
  United States Conference of Mayors
Resetting Our Response: Changes Needed in the US Approach to COVID-19
  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Center for Health Security
• Tracking Mask Mandates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics
Way Forward on COVID-19: A Road Map to Reset the Nation's Approach to the Pandemic
  Association of American Medical Colleges

 

Critical Releases from the Homeland Security Digital Library (July 2020)

12 New Immigration Ideas for the 21st Century
  Cato Institute
Benefits of Coronavirus Suppression: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Response to the First Wave of COVID-19
  Mercatus Center
'Disinformation Online and a Country in Crisis'
  United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce
Issue Guide: COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing
  Associations of State and Territorial Health Officials (U.S.); B.Next
NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research
  National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
National COVID-19 Testing & Tracing Action Plan, Update Report
  Rockefeller Foundation
Policies to Help Communities Recover: Economic Uncertainty
  Mercatus Center
Promoting Economic Recovery After COVID-19
  Aspen Institute. Economic Strategy Group
Reimagining Workforce Policy in the Age of Disruption: A State Guide for Preparing the Future Workforce Now
  National Governors' Association. Center for Best Practices
Researching Violence Against Health Care: Gaps and Priorities
  International Committee of the Red Cross; Elrha; RAND Europe
Runway to Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus
  United States. Department of Transportation; United States. Department of Homeland Security; United States. Department of Health and Human Services
Science Disinformation in a Time of Pandemic
  Public Policy Forum (Ottawa, Ont.)
Uncertainty and Decision-Making During a Crisis: How to Make Policy Decisions in the COVID-19 Context?
  Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics
Use of Biometric Data to Identify Terrorists: Best Practice or Risky Business
  University of Minnesota. Human Rights Center
Who is Dying, and Why?
  Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics

 

Critical Releases from the Homeland Security Digital Library (June 2020)

Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2019
  United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Building Emergency Planning Scenarios for Viral Pandemics: UCL-IRDR Covid-19 Observatory
  University College, London. Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President's Plan for Opening America Up Again (May 2020)
  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Getting to the Source of Infodemics: It's the Business Model: A Report from Ranking Digital Rights
  New American Foundation
Global Economic Effects of COVID-19 [updated June 4, 2020]
  Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
Immigration Reform is Key in the Recovery from the COVID-19 Crisis
  Mercatus Center 
Reopening America: How to Save Lives and Livelihoods
  Brookings Institution
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Report to Congress: COVID-19 Strategic Testing Plan
  United States. Department of Health and Human Services
Warring Songs: Information Operations in the Digital Age
  Demos (Organization: London, England)
Was the Coronavirus Outbreak an Intelligence Failure?
  Conversations Network

 

Critical Releases from the Homeland Security Digital Library (May 2020)

Americans' Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19, April 2020
  George Mason University, Center for Climate Change Communication; Yale Project on Climate Change Communication
Blueprint for Testing Plans and Rapid Response Programs
  United States. White House Office; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.); United States. Food and Drug Administration
Cost of the COVID-19 Crisis: Lockdowns, Macroeconomic Expectations, and Consumer Spending
  Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics
Filling in the Blanks: National Research Needs to Guide Decisions About Reopening Schools in the United States
  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Center for Healthy Security
Health Departments: Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan
  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.); United States. Department of Health and Human Services
Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America's Public Health Care System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations
  Trust for America's Health
National Action Plan for Expanding and Adapting the Healthcare System for the Duration of the COVID Pandemic
  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Center for Health Security
Pandemic Resilience: Getting it Done
  Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics
Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors
  National Governor's Association; Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (U.S.)
Towards Global Pandemic Resilience
  Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics

 

Critical Releases from the Homeland Security Digital Library (April 2020)

Disaster Financial Management Guide: Guidance for State, Local, Tribal & Territorial Partners
  United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
Macroeconomics of Epidemics
  Northwestern University (Evanston, III.)
National COVID-19 Testing Action Plan: Pragmatic Steps to Reopen Our Workplaces and Our Communities
  Rockefeller Foundation
Policing in a Time of Pandemic: Recommendations for Law Enforcement
  Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics; Georgetown Law
Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience: Massive Scale Testing, Tracing, and Supported Isolation (TTSI) as the Path to Pandemic Resilience for a Free Society
  Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics

 

Critical Releases from the Homeland Security Digital Library (March 2020)

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