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Investigating the Pandemic of 1918 and its Relationship to Today’s Coronavirus: A History of the Health Sciences Guide : Access and Additional Resources

Note for COVID-19 Access

Doing your own research during COVID-19 is informed by restricted library use, non face-to face with library staff and one’s own remote restrictions.

Please know that is here to assist, as best she can. After you have read the suggestions below, perhaps tried some of the online resources, and come up with a theme you are investigating, feel free to contact Micaela (at Ebling Library, remotely) and perhaps she can help.

Getting Access

Once you find the title of a book, journal article, pamphlet, etc. that you would like to see, you need to get or access a copy of it. A lot of it, especially through Full Text databases, will be easy to access. The rest is more dynamic with COVID-19. 

Some of the libraries (like Ebling Health Sciences Library) have very restricted use, some libraries have restricted hours, or restricted check out policies. Memorial and College and some other campus libraries now have appointments and pick up services. This is an overview of what you need to know to use campus libraries (Ebling is open ONLY to health sciences graduate students, faculty and staff) in terms of pick ups, visits, equipment checkout, etc.

While much is dynamic, there is much that is available online, and these tutorials will help you with those processes.

How to Order an Article Through a Database

Getting Access to UW-Madison Resources Off-Campus

How to Order a Document

Getting Help

In terms of the Pandemic of 1918 and all the primary material needed from Rare Books & Special Collections at Ebling, can try to help you with scanned material, track down copies of early 20th century material, assist you in a variety of ways. She is a font of useful information, do send her an email.

Other Resources

Presentations on the Pandemic

Micaela presented at UW-Madison's Wednesday Night @ the Lab in March, 2019, discussing her exhibition, Staggering Losses: WW1 & the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Though an hour long, the last portion of the YouTube video is instructive regarding the Pandemic. Forgive the unscripted stand up comedy at the outset. Micaela has done shorter, remote presentations since the 2020 "safer at home" initiatives. If you are interested in have her present to your class or other audiences please contact her:

On October 21, 2020, Micaela did a presentation for the Waunakee Public Library entitled "Twice in a Lifetime: Experience with an Exhibition on the Pandemic of 1918 and How it Resonates in 2020. It included a short background on the exhibition, how the "Spanish Flu" affected our local populations and how the exhibition resonated for those who visited. Micaela will also touch on the similarities and differences between the two Pandemics. Available through YouTube: