Coronavirus (COVID-19) Informational Resources


We know many of you are concerned about Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, and it can be really intimidating trying to find reliable information. Here are some credible resources you can use to inform yourself about how to keep yourself healthy.

Our thanks to Michelle Eberle, MLS from the Massachusetts Library System for putting this list together.

Please note: these resources are for informational purposes only and do not replace the advice of a medical professional.

Call ahead to Health Services or a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (RI Department of Health) Information from the Rhode Island Department of Health, including Rhode Island-specific resources.

Share Facts ABOUT COVID-19 (CDC)
Know the facts about Coronavirus disease 2019 and help stop the rumors.

Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 (SAMHSA) SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Coronavirus Advice for the Public (World Health Organization)
Basic protective measures against the new Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Infections (MedlinePlus)
Includes a summary of Coronavirus, how it spreads, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)
What you should know, situation updates, and information for specific audiences

How to Prepare for Coronavirus in the U.S. (Washington Post, March 3, 2020)




Dr. Robert Ballard: Explorer, Oceanographer, Geophysicist, Educator, the Most Interesting Man in the World


We here at the library are thrilled to welcome  Dr. Robert Ballard to as part of Student Arts and Speakers Series on Monday, October 5 at 8 PM in Bello Grand Hall. Your librarians are frankly geeking out over the visit. Curious why?

According to his URI Profile,

(Professor) Ballard came to instant fame in 1985, of course, as the discoverer of the final resting place of the ill-fated R.M.S Titanic. Since that time he has led expeditions to locate the sites of other shipwrecks including the German pocket-battleship Bismarck, the aircraft carrier Yorktown and numerous other vessels including ancient Phoenician ships off Israel.

But his explorations (well over 100) also include research missions into such phenomena as hydrothermal vents in the sea floor and the exotic ecosystems that surround such vents.

Professor Ballard gave one of my favorite TED Talks in 2008 on the Astonishing Hidden World of the Deep Ocean.

You can also watch Professor Ballard and his team on the E/V Nautilus during their expedition season (April through September) at Nautilus Live. Don’t despair if the ship is in port, you can always watch recordings of their latest explorations on the EV Nautilus YouTube channel.

Professor Ballard has a strong Rhode Island connection: he received his PhD in Geological Oceanography from University of Rhode Island in 1974 and is Professor of Oceanography and Director of URI’s Center for Ocean Exploration and Director of the Institute for Archeological Oceanography.

Interested in reading Dr. Ballard’s research? Get started here.


Leap First, Ask Later.

Iron age shipwrecks in deep water off Ashkelon, Israel

Roman Shipwrecks – Probing the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, a nuclear submarine locates the remains of trading vessels that sank west of Sicily 2,000 years ago.


The discovery of the Titanic

Return to Titanic : a new look at the world’s most famous lost ship

Titanic : an illustrated history

See everyone on the 8th!