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Vol. 41 No. 1 — Jan/Feb 2021
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Responding to the Outrageous Claims About COVID-19: The Top Sites for Truth
by Lorette S.J. Weldon


Establishing the validity of sources has become even more important during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last year, we have encountered many differing medical claims and have received various bits of, sometimes contradictory, medical guidance.

Using Google Scholar and Publish or Perish (PoP) as tools, I applied bibliometric analysis techniques and used various metrics—including the h-factor—to determine which scholarly resources are most authoritative when it comes to verifying coronavirus facts and debunking its myths. Here are the top eight:

  1. Food and Drug Administration; www.fda.gov
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; cdc.gov
  3. National Institutes of Health; nih.gov
  4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; samhsa.gov
  5. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; ahrq.gov
  6. World Health Organization; who.int
  7. Other United Nations Specialized Agencies; un.org
  8. Johns Hopkins Medical; coronavirus.jhu.edu

Please share this list with your co-workers and patrons. For further information about how to use Google Scholar and PoP to conduct bibliometric analysis of resources and determine the authoritative status of scholarly works, see my related articles: “Using Bibliometrics to Build a Free Resource Library for Your Students,” Computers in Libraries, May/June 2020 and “How to Build a STEM Library to Support Student Research,” Computers in Libraries, July/August 2020.


Lorette S.J. Weldon (lorette.weldon@faculty.umuc.edu), Ed.D., M.L.S., B.S.I.F.S.M., B.A., is an adjunct full college professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus and an independent data librarian. Her blog is at librariansandlibrarymediaspecialists.blogspot.com.