Carrying out literature searches
Public Health Scotland Covid-19 research repository
Proquest Database of coronavirus research
Medical Library Association (MLA) Covid-19 literature searches - search strings and filters.
Covid-Evidence Living database of evidence on Covid-19 interventions, developed by the University of Basel and Stanford University
University of British Columbia wikipage - see contents list for search resources including Google Scholar, Ovid, PubMed, audiovisual and top impact medical journals.
Public Health England. Finding the evidence: Coronavirus - frequent searches of PubMed, additional medical information sources and pre-print journals. They include a brief digest of each article and are organised in themes.
HSE Library, Ireland Evidence summary search protocols
TRIP Database search advice
WHO Global Research on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - WHO is gathering the latest scientific findings and knowledge on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and compiling it in a database.
NHSGGC Library Network - COVID-19 Search Filters (includes an adapted Cinahl filter)
Sources of Information
If you want to do a literature search on coronavirus/Covid-19, the following websites are regularly updated with collections of relevant resources.
Right Decision Service
Evidence and support for decision making including point of care resources, evidence summaries, and national body and royal college guidelines.
NHS England Clinical information for primary care, secondary care and community health
Resuscitation Council UK Statements on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), CPR and Resuscitation
Social Care Institute for Excellence Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for social care
Liverpool University COVID-19 Drug Interactions
Health Information and Quality Authority (Ireland) Database of public health guidance on Covid 19
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Checklist for hospitals preparing for the reception and care of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) patients (last updated February 2020)
European Association of Hospital Pharmacists
Covid-19 Chinese Consultation Center Release
Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19 (GMCC). English language available.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Evidence Summaries / Rapid Reviews
Oxford Medicine Online Covid-19 response resources
VA Evidence Synthesis Program Database of evidence reviews and summaries
MedRxiv preprint server for health sciences - has very recent research papers but not peer reviewed so needs careful critical appraisal.
PubMed Bibliometric spreadsheet showing who's publishing what on Covid-19 (Google spreadsheet, scrapes data from PubMed).
University of the Highland and Islands List of relevant resources and guidance compiled by the Highland Health Science Library. Refworks folders on epidemiology, incidence and prevalence of the illness.
ScotPHO Map of community vulnerability
University of Nottingham - Centre for Evidence-Based Dematology Covid-9 resource. The journal articles in the resource are found by a comprehensive PubMed strategy with several hundred search terms. Archived on 31/03/21.
Ebsco Covid-19 information portal
Springer Nature Research, evidence, data and support for research
BMC Methodology for research (archived June 2021)
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief - signposting resource for affected and / or bereaved families
Dignity Health Libraries - Compilation of resources including research, patient information and medical images.
Semantic Scholar - COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)
ZB MED COVID-19 Hub - includes search engine and genome browser
Australian Library and Information Association - live literature searches on several topics including prevention, diagnosis, management and services.
CABI has made 17,000 relevant records on coronavirus from Global Health database and CAB Abstracts free to access for a limited time. The coronavirus content including research on epidemiology, prevention, and control of SARS and MERS, and research on animal coronaviruses, has been made open access as a way of contributing to the response to the outbreak.
To gain the access, visit the Global Health website, go to ‘login’ and follow the registration instructions and copy and paste voucher code CV4Y85D5JG9 into ‘redeem a voucher’ section.
Sebastian Engel-Wolf - map of current active cases, based on Johns Hopkins University data
International Long-Term Care Policy Network Resources to support community and institutional long-term care responses to Covid-19
Open-access resources from journals
Knowledge Network subscription resources (including journal articles) currently free to access.