In our first Library research session, we'll learn strategies to make this broad topic more manageable, lay out an approach for this yearlong group research project that may occur entirely online, and learn to identify helpful research guideposts in the vast sea of online information.
The following links have also been made temporarily free online, but the content there is not necessarily COVID-focused. You can still search these resources for information related to COVID or other disease.
In addition, publishers are temporarily offering free online access to a wide variety of textbooks. Browse the LAVC Library's guide to online textbooks -- there might be some that would be helpful for your topic. Warning: Both RedShelf and VitalSource limit each user to 7 books. Before you access any book for this HIA project, make sure you already have what you need for your college classes!
Wikipedia (which is a type of encyclopedia) is not allowed as a source for most classes, but the Library has many encyclopedias that you CAN use a source for background information for college assignments. A few examples are listed below.
If you're writing about a controversial topic or a current event, these databases may help you see the big picture or different aspects of your topic, including multiple points of view. They contain a wide variety of sources, including "featured viewpoints" (which are opinion pieces) as well as journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; primary sources; and encyclopedia-like overviews or summaries.