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COVID-19 Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy Toolkit: Home


Welcome to the University of Ottawa Library's COVID-19 Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy Toolkit (the name was revised on July 5, 2021), a project collaboration between the Learning and Student Success; the Education, Law, Management and Social Sciences Research Support; and the Health Sciences, Medicine, Science and Engineering Research Support teams.

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The first goal of this online toolkit is to provide a list of resources related to COVID-19 misinformation and  vaccine hesitancy  available online and offline at the University of Ottawa Library. The second goal is to develop open educational resources to support learning and research activities at the University of Ottawa. 

This toolkit comprises of two pages. The "home page" provides you online and print COVID-19 misinformation and vaccine hesitancy-related books, journal articles, and webpages of Canadian provincial and federal public offices and the World Health Organization (WHO). We have also embedded the WHO and the Public Health Agency of Canada's Twitter accounts to inform you of recent news development about the COVID-19. 

The second page of this toolkit, "Open Educational Resources" (OER) is currently under construction, with more contents coming soon. Our goal for the OER page is to provide content that will be useful for classroom teaching and research. Thematic content includes what we know thus far about COVID-19 misinformation from academic literature, fact-checking strategies, suggestions to help adjust your research in light of COVID-19 misinformation, how to publish your literature review on COVID-19 misinformation, Q&A and feedback between librarians, students, professors, and researchers on COVID-19 misinformation. We will also include links to connect with peers or senior academics who are doing COVID-19 misinformation research, as well as an opportunity to test your knowledge on COVID-19 misinformation with our multiple-choice test. 

Importantly, this toolkit is available in both English and French.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at, bibliolibrary@uOttawa.caWe invite you to frequently revisit this toolkit as new information is continuously being added.

Scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles on COVID-19 misinformation

Researchers from various disciplines around the world have been publishing their work  on COVID-19 misinformation in journals and online conference proceedings. We conducted a database search and reviewed studies based on systematic literature review methodology and present the qualified studies below. Our goal is to assist students, professors, and researchers at the University of Ottawa to have quick and easy access to new peer-reviewed publications on COVID-19 misinformation.

Scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Books on health misinformation

The following books on health misinformation are available in print or electric version through the service of the University of Ottawa Library. At the time we produced this toolkit (August, 2020), no books had been published on COVID-19 misinformation. We will continue to monitor newly published books in this area and will update information about the new publications on this page. For French books on misinformation see the French version of this guide.

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