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Information resources to understand the Ebola outbreak

October 8, 2014

In the interests of equipping Rutgers community members and the general public with the most current and accurate information on the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, librarians in the Rutgers' Biomedical Health Sciences Libraries recommend the following website created by the US Department of Health and Human Services: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/ebola_2014.html

The Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources website offers information on US and international organizations with expertise on the Ebola outbreak, authoritative social media accounts that share up-to-date reports, multi-language resources, and practical health resources for the public.

Of particular interest to health sciences students and faculty, biomedical researchers, and others is the fact that several well known publishers are participating in an emergency activation initiative to make their published content available free of charge to support medical efforts related to the Ebola outbreak. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between the U.S. National Library of Medicine and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 650 biomedical serial titles and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. Access to articles from authoritative journals, such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Science, and others, is available free from the Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources website.

For more information on this website, or for suggestions of other useful resources, please contact the reference desk at one of these libraries:
> The George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences,
  Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences-Newark
  973-972-4358
> The Library of Science and Medicine
  Busch campus-Piscataway
  848-445-2895
> The Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences
  Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences-New Brunswick
  732-235-7610