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Systematic Review: COVID-19 resources

COVID-19 live literature searches

ALIA HLA COVID-19 live literature searches

A page dedicated to live and automatic searches using Pubmed,on a range of different COVID-19 topics. Developed by members of HLA (Health Libraries Australia) 

MLA COVID-19 live literature searches

Created from crowd-sourced suggestions from MLA (US based Medical Library Association) members and other health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. US and Canadian health professionals have contributed.

Cochrane resources and news on COVID-19 
Cochrane provides high-quality, relevant, and up-to-date synthesized research evidence to inform health decisions. This page highlights content relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the various related activities that Cochrane is undertaking in response.

Dimensions COVID search API
Automated search for publications, clinical trials, datasets from Figshare and elsewhere


LitCOVID- NLM (National Library of Medicine)
LitCovid A curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus


University of British Columbia wiki - COVID-19 Part 2 pathfinder for researchers
Compiled by medical librarians- includes suggested search strings for Ovid Medline and Google Scholar


EPPI Centre UK- COVID-19: living systematic map of the evidence
The NIHR Policy Research Programme Reviews Facility is a collaboration between: 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.


Grey literature & Datasets


Searching unpublished policy documents, preprints, guidelines and registered trials and other sources of grey literature relating to COVID-19

PubMed may not have the very latest publications available as it takes some time to index content. Many searches and resources now include the preprint servers like MedRxivbioRxiv and SSRN as well as Google Scholar for more recent publications. 

It is important to remember when searching that preprints are not yet peer-reviewed. They report new medical research, which is vital during this Pandemic, however the research has not yet been evaluated and therefore should not be used to guide clinical practice.


BMJ COVID-19 live literature searches

Curated page of live searches and links relating to the COVID-19 pandemic
by Farhad Shokraneh, 
Information Scientist, University of Nottingham.



Australian Clinical Guidelines - National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce
High-priority, evidence-based clinical guidelines updated weekly with the latest research


Disaster Lit - an emergency medicine and public health database, from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Disaster Lit describes and links to reports, webinars, training, conferences, factsheets and other documents that are not commercially published. . Materials are carefully selected by National Library of Medicine (NLM) medical librarians and subject experts from nearly 1,000 approved sources and provide current awareness for health professionals, first responders and emergency planners who have disaster health responsibilities.

Disaster Lit Resources on Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019)


COVID-19 policy dataset is a zip file of policy documents from 2020 relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The documents are in PDF format and have an accompanying JSON file explaining their provenance: where they were collected from, their publication date, original location etc.


Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker - OxCGRT

The first ever tool to track and compare policy responses of governments tackling the coronavirus outbreak around the world has been launched by the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.

This resource is freely available and will continue to be updated throughout the crisis. The tracker launches with data from 73 countries so far, including China, South Korea, Italy, UK, Canada and USA.

Collects publicly available information on 11 indicators of government response (S1-S11). The first seven indicators (S1-S7) take policies such as school closures, travel bans, etc. are recorded on an ordinal scale; the remainder (S8-S11) are financial indicators such as fiscal or monetary measures. For a full description of the data and how it is collected, see this working paper.


National LIbrary of Medicine - National Center for Biotechnology Information
NCBI Virus
 is an integrative, value-added resource designed to support retrieval, display and analysis of a curated collection of virus sequences and large sequence datasets.

NCBI Virus’ COVID-2019 data hub



Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)
Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 , a free resource of over 45,000 scholarly articles, including over 33,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.


COVID-19 Primer
summarizes research trends as well as the news coverage and social media discussion on scientific research about the COVID-19 pandemic and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It employs natural language processing and generation to read and analyze research papers, bubble up trending concepts and discussions, as well as write the summaries. Includes twitter datasets.