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COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Information Guide

This guide is a living document. More content will be added as new information and resources become available and as the COVID-19 situation develops. Last updated: May 7, 2021

Resources for Researching the Coronavirus

This page contains resources for doing research on COVID-19. Below you can find:​

(Disclaimer)


See also: Freely-available e-books and documents found in WorldCat:  COVID-19 resources


Before starting your research, take our online learning module Navigating the COVID-19 Evidence Landscape:

undefined1. Describe different types of information sources and the evidence processing involved in creating them

2.  Understand the unique special considerations to be aware of when searching for and using ever-evolving evidence for COVID-19

 


Search Strings for Health Science Databases (PubMed, MEDLINE, etc)

See also: For general search strategies and tips, check out our Comprehensive Searching Guide

SELECTED NEW 2021 MeSH (Medical Subject Headings in Medline) - updated Nov 18, 2020 - for more new MeSH, see source

Diagnosis Viruses

Infections

Respiratory Tract Diseases

Complex Mixtures Equipment and Supplies

Environment

and Public Health

COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Testing/

COVID-19 Serological Testing/

COVID-19 Testing/

SARS-CoV-2/

COVID-19/

COVID-19 Vaccines/

N95 Respirators/

Physical Distancing/
Enzymes & Coenzymes Amino Acids, Peptides, and Protein Chemical Actions and Uses Animal Diseases Eukaryota

Coronavirus 3C Proteases/

Coronavirus Papain-Like Proteases/

Coronavirus RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase/

Coronavirus Envelope Proteins/

Coronavirus M Proteins/

Coronavirus Nucleocapsid Proteins/

Coronavirus Protease Inhibitors/

Viral Zoonoses/

Pangolins/

Coronavirus Expert Search (Ovid MEDLINE 1946-Present)
Developed January 21-22 by OVID expert searchers

Copy and paste each line into MEDLINE 
1
(exp coronavirus/ or coronavirus*.mp.) and (wuhan or beijing or shanghai or 2019-nCoV or nCoV or COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2).mp.
2
coronavirus*.ti. or (novel coronavirus*.mp. and (exp china/ or china.mp.)) or ((pneumonia.mp. or exp pneumonia/) and Wuhan.mp.)
3
('COVID-19' or '2019-nCov' or 'SARS-CoV-2').mp. or exp Coronavirus Infections/
4
2 or 3
5
limit 4 to yr="2020 -Current"

Drug Therapy for COVID-19 (broad)
Developed March 20 by Loren Hackett at Cleveland Clinic Floyd D. Loop Alumni Library

1
(nCoV or 2019-nCoV or ((new or novel or wuhan) adj3 coronavirus) or covid19 or covid-19 or SARS-CoV-2 or "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2").mp.
2
(therap* or treat* or dose or doses or dosag* or pharmacotherap* or drug or antiviral).mp.
3
1 and 2

 


COVID-19 and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Updated April 7 by Ovid Expert Searchers


Evidence and use of cloth DIY masks during disease outbreaks (including COVID-19)

Updated April 7 by Ovid Expert Searchers


COVID-19 and Hydroxychloroquine 

Updated April 7 by Ovid Expert Searchers


Stress and Coping for Nurses (including during pandemics)

Updated April 7 by Ovid Expert Searchers


COVID-19 and Telemedicine

Developed April 6 by by Ellen Aaronson at Mayo Clinic Libraries

Copy and paste each line into OVID Medline with Preprints.  

1  ((("Corona virinae" or "corona virus" or Coronavirinae or coronavirus or COVID or nCoV) adj4 ("19" or "2019" or novel or new)) or (("Corona virinae" or "corona virus" or Coronavirinae or coronavirus or COVID or nCoV) and (wuhan or china or chinese)) or "Corona virinae19" or "Corona virinae2019" or "corona virus19" or "corona virus2019" or Coronavirinae19 or Coronavirinae2019 or coronavirus19 or coronavirus2019 or COVID19 or COVID2019 or nCOV19 or nCOV2019 or "SARS Corona virus 2" or "SARS Coronavirus 2" or "SARS-COV-2" or "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus 2" or "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2").ti,ab,hw,kw.
2
exp Telemedicine/ OR (telemed* or telehealth* or telemental*).ti,ab. or (video* adj2 (consult* or interview* or monitor*))
3
OR (remote adj2 (interview* or consult* or monitor* or care or follow-up))
4
OR (phone adj2 (call* or interview* or consult* or monitor*)) OR (virtual* adj2 (consult* or interview* or monitor* or follow-up or diagnos* or assess*)).mp. [mp=title, abstract, original title, name of substance word, subject heading word, floating sub-heading word, keyword heading word, organism supplementary concept word, protocol supplementary concept word, rare disease supplementary concept word, unique identifier, synonyms]
5 2 or 3 or 4
6 1 and 5

PubMed General Search

Copy and paste the text below into PubMed, or click here to see the search results.

 

((wuhan[All Fields] AND ("coronavirus"[MeSH Terms] OR "coronavirus"[All Fields])) AND 2019/12[PDAT] : 2030[PDAT]) OR 2019-nCoV[All Fields] OR 2019nCoV[All Fields] OR COVID-19[All Fields] OR SARS-CoV-2[All Fields]


PubMed Sensitive Search

Copy and paste the text below into PubMed, or click here to see the search results.

 

("COVID-19"[Supplementary Concept] OR "COVID-19"[All Fields] OR "2019 novel coronavirus disease"[All Fields]) OR ("COVID-19"[Supplementary Concept] OR "COVID-19"[All Fields] OR "2019 novel coronavirus infection"[All Fields]) OR ("COVID-19"[Supplementary Concept] OR "COVID-19"[All Fields] OR "2019 ncov disease"[All Fields]) OR ("COVID-19"[Supplementary Concept] OR "COVID-19"[All Fields] OR "2019 ncov infection"[All Fields]) OR ("COVID-19"[Supplementary Concept] OR "COVID-19"[All Fields] OR "coronavirus disease 2019"[All Fields]) OR ("COVID-19"[Supplementary Concept] OR "COVID-19"[All Fields] OR "coronavirus disease 19"[All Fields]) OR (coronavirus[All Fields] OR coronavirus'[All Fields] OR coronavirus's[All Fields] OR coronavirusapplikation[All Fields] OR coronaviruscpe[All Fields] OR coronaviruse[All Fields] OR coronaviruses[All Fields] OR coronaviruses'[All Fields] OR coronavirusinfektion[All Fields] OR coronavirusinfektionen[All Fields] OR coronaviruslike[All Fields] OR coronavirusreplikation[All Fields] OR coronavirussen[All Fields] OR coronavirusurile[All Fields]) OR (coronovirus[All Fields] OR coronoviruses[All Fields]) OR ("coronavirus infections"[MeSH Terms] OR ("coronavirus"[All Fields] AND "infections"[All Fields]) OR "coronavirus infections"[All Fields]) OR ("severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2"[Supplementary Concept] OR "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2"[All Fields] OR "wuhan coronavirus"[All Fields]) OR ("severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2"[Supplementary Concept] OR "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2"[All Fields] OR "2019 ncov"[All Fields]) OR ("COVID-19"[All Fields] OR "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2"[Supplementary Concept] OR "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2"[All Fields] OR "2019-nCoV"[All Fields] OR "SARS-CoV-2"[All Fields] OR "2019nCoV"[All Fields] OR (("Wuhan"[All Fields] AND ("coronavirus"[MeSH Terms] OR "coronavirus"[All Fields])) AND 2019/12[PDAT] : 2030[PDAT])) OR (wn[All Fields] AND ("complications"[Subheading] OR "complications"[All Fields] OR "co"[All Fields])) OR (novel[All Fields] AND ("coronavirus"[MeSH Terms] OR "coronavirus"[All Fields])) OR (new[All Fields] AND ("coronavirus"[MeSH Terms] OR "coronavirus"[All Fields])) OR (2019[All Fields] AND novel[All Fields]) OR (new[All Fields] AND ("coronavirus"[MeSH Terms] OR "coronavirus"[All Fields])) OR ncov[All Fields] OR ("severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2"[Supplementary Concept] OR "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2"[All Fields] OR "sars cov 2"[All Fields]) OR (ncov[All Fields] OR ncov'[All Fields] OR ncov's[All Fields] OR ncovascularisatlon[All Fields] OR ncovering[All Fields] OR ncovid[All Fields] OR ncovin[All Fields] OR ncovino[All Fields] OR ncovp[All Fields] OR ncovp1[All Fields] OR ncovs[All Fields]) AND wuhan[All Fields]


COVID-19 Searches by Publication Type

Click one of the hyperlinked options below to see the search results in PubMed.
From 
UnBound Medicine

Journal Articles
Medical News
Case Reports

COVID-19 Diagnosis and Complications

Click one of the hyperlinked options below to see the search results in PubMed.
From 
UnBound Medicine

Asymptomatic/Pre-symptomatic 

Radiology Imaging

Pulmonary Complications

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome


COVID-19 Drugs Being Considered to Treat Coronavirus

Click one of the hyperlinked options below to see the search results in PubMed.
From UnBound Medicine


COVID-19 and Sepsis

Click here to see search results in PubMed.
March 25 by Clinical Librarian Team at the Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Reusing PPE

Click here to see search results in PubMed.
March 25 by Basia Delawska-Elliott and Andrew Hamilton from Oregon Health & Science University, copyedited by Tracy Shields at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth


COVID-19 and Dentistry

Click here to see search results in PubMed.
March 20 collaboration by Dean Giustini at UBC and pubmedsearches.blogspot.com and Natalie Clairoux at Université de Montréal, Bibliothèque de la santé)


Pediatrics and COVID-19

  1. Click here to see search results in PubMed
    March 18 by Brian Baker @ Valley Children's Hospital
  2. Click here to see search results in PubMed
    March 18 by Kathy Zeblisky @ Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Cancer Patients and COVID-19 (recent)

Click here to see search results in PubMed.
March 18 by Yimin Geng; Kate J. Krause @ Research Medical Library, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center


Pregnancy and Vertical Transmission of COVID-19

Click here to see search results in PubMed.
March 18 by Maureen Dunn @ Concord Hospital


COVID-19 and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Click here to see search results in PubMed.

April 9 by Abigail Smith @ SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library


COVID-19 and Critical Care

Click here to see search results in PubMed. 

April 6 by Lindsay Boyce @ Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


COVID-19 and Geriatric/Elderly/Aged Patients

Click here to see search results in PubMed. 

April 6 by Grace Spiewak at Funk Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


COVID-19 and Airway Management/Anesthesia

Click here to see search results in PubMed. 

April 1 by Ellen M. Aaronson at Mayo Clinic Libraries


COVID-19 and Self-collection of Swabs for Diagnosis of Respiratory Viruses

Click here to see search results in PubMed. 

March 30 by System Library Services at Providence St. Joseph Health

Stress, Coping & Suicide Prevention for Nurses and Physicians, including during Epidemics

Developed by expert searchers at Ovid May 25, 2020, in consultation with the APA.

Copy and paste each line into Ovid APA PsycINFO

1 exp *nursing/ or *nurses/ or exp physicians/
2 "stress and coping measures"/ or exp coping behavior/ or exp "resilience (psychological)"/ or exp stress management/ or *suicide prevention/
3 disease outbreaks/ or epidemics/ or pandemics/ or (coronavirus* or 2019-ncov or ncov19 or ncov-19 or 2019-novel Cov or ncov or covid or covid19 or covid-19 or covid 2019 or "coronavirus 2" or sars-cov2 or sars-cov-2 or sarscov2 or sarscov-2 or sars-coronavirus2 or sars-coronavirus-2 or SARS-like coronavirus* or coronavirus-19 or corona virus* or novel coronavirus*).mp
4 (("3410" or "3430") and ("3310" or "3350" or "3365")).cc.
5 (1 and 2) or (1 and 3 and 4)

 

Google Scholar Search

By medical librarian Wichor Bramer (Erasmus MC–Erasmus University Medical Centre)

Copy and paste the text below, or click here to see the search results.

 

2019nCoV|"2019 nCoV|CoV|coronavirus"|"2019 novel|new coronavirus|cov"|"wuhan coronavirus|cov|ncov|outbreak"|"wuhan*coronavirus|cov|ncov|outbreak"|"wuhan**coronavirus|cov|ncov|outbreak"|"coronavirus|cov|ncov*wuhan"

Medical Library Association (MLA)

Access a variety of Medline and PubMed literature searches created by health science librarians, compiled and updated frequently by the Medical Librarians Association (MLA), on topics like:

  • cancer and coronavirus
  • pediatrics

CADTH

Search strings developed by research specialists at CADTH. Topics include COVID-19, respiratory pandemics, ethics (customized for pandemics), PPE, patient isolation, and telehealth. Searches translated for MEDLINE, PubMed, and LITCOVID.


Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

Access a variety of PubMed searches organized in the following topic areas:

  • General
  • Prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • Health Services
  • Other

ScienceDirect

Access Elsevier's search string for retrieving articles in ScienceDirect below, or access the search results here.

"COVID-19" OR Coronavirus OR "Corona virus" OR "2019-nCoV" OR "SARS-CoV" OR "MERS-CoV" OR “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome” OR “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome”


 

UnBound Medicine

Access expert search strings for PubMed focused on the following areas:

  • Top Medical Journals
    • NEJM
    • The Lancet
    • JAMA
    • MMWR
    • Science
  • Countries with Significant Coronavirus Cases
    • China
    • Italy
    • Iran
    • Japan
    • Korea

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

This library guide contains a variety of advanced search strategies in PubMed, Embase & Scopus.

RSS Feeds for Database Search Updates

These RSS Feeds provide real-time updates to articles published in Scopus* on the Coronavirus. Click on the links below to have the top 20 results sent to your RSS reader each day.

*Note: restricted to current U of T users.

Curated Research Collections

Government institutions, publishers, and academic journals have compiled curated research collections on COVID-19. These literature hubs provide organized resources you can use to help inform your research:

Compiled by the Computational Biology Branch of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)/National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Provides access to 1200+ (and growing) articles on COVID-19. Categorized by different topics and geographic regions.  Updated daily.

Access guidance, latest updates, research from the BMJ, and most read articles. Includes guidelines on remote consultationssystematic reviews on diagnosis and prognosisrandomized trial of cloth vs. medical masks and more. Articles are compiled from journals such as the British Journal of Ophthalmology, Gut, Stroke and Vascular Neurology. Content is free and updated daily. 

COVID-19 Primer provides a comprehensive overview of the latest information on the disease, and is updated every 24 hours. Using the most advanced NLP algorithms, read summaries and discover trends and terminologies used in the latest COVID-19 research papers. You can subscribe to the weekly briefing in the top right corner.


Living Map of the Evidence

This living literature map is updated every few days. It categorizes the emerging literature by:

  • intervention
  • transmission/risk/prevalence
  • diagnosis
  • vaccine development
  • treatment development

Created by the Department of Health and Social Care Reviews Facility (a collaboration between three centres of excellence: EPPI-Centre (Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre), UCL Institute of Education, University College London; CRD (Centre for Reviews and Dissemination), University of York; and PHES (Public Health, Environments and Society), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Protocol Registries for Reviews

Provided by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

An online registry of protocols for systematic reviews, rapid reviews, and overviews/umbrella reviews. PROSPERO is currently fast-tracking registration of protocols related to COVID-19. Please note that there are registries for both human studies and animal studies. 

Preprints & Rapid Reviews

NOTE: Preprints are preliminary studies that have NOT BEEN PEER-REVIEWED. They should not be regarded as conclusive, guide clinical practice/health-related behaviour, or be reported in news media as established information.

​​bioRxiv RSS feed for latest preprints on COVID-19:

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Clinical Trials

Datasets & Dashboards

Need some data help? Check out these useful resources from the U of T Libraries Covid-19 Data Resources Guide (Map & Data Library): 

Using Data Critically   |   Data Evaluation Checklist   |   Data & Statistics Sources  

Maps & GIS   |   Visualizations   |   Tutorials


  • Round up of additional dashboards & data sets (Shiny app, R packages, code and data): 

Top 100 R resources on Novel COVID-19 Coronavirus (Updated Mar 12, 2020)


Guidance on working with COVID-19 data:

Provided by Research Data Alliance (RDA) COVID-19 Working Group (CWG) members.

Guidelines and recommendations on data sharing under the present COVID-19 circumstances. The fifth and final draft of the Recommendations and Guidelines from the RDA COVID-19 working group.

From the United Nations, Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Hub of global and national dashboards in different languages. Also includes guidance, actions, tools, and best practices for statistics shared by the global community

Lab Protocols & Preparation - videos

Emerging Research Innovation & Development

Resources for Researchers

Safeguarding Your Research 

  • Provides information from the Government of Canada on how to safeguard your research and innovations.
See also:
For progress trackers for drugs, treatments, and vaccines - check this section on Developing Medical & Technical Innovations