RCSI Library will no longer update this blog post. For a more up to date version of this information please go to our dedicated LibGuides page libguides.rcsi.ie/COVID19
RCSI Library has collated a selection of resources on the coronavirus including medical databases, government and national healthcare websites, and resources made available by publishers to facilitate international research.
Tips for searching the literature
It is recommended that you search key medical databases to find journal article references, and then access the full text of these articles via our e-journal portal and document supply service.
Medline/PubMed - medicine
Embase – medicine and pharmacology
Scopus – medicine and science
Cochrane – systematic reviews
Web of Science – interdisciplinary
A list of RCSI Library resources can be found on our A-Z LibGuides Page
- Search for your keywords in all fields - sample keyword search using “inverted commas” for exact phrases:
coronavirus OR “COVID-19” OR “2019 novel coronavirus disease” OR “2019-nCoV” OR coronavirinae OR “2019 novel coronavirus”
- Search for Subject Headings to ensure your search is comprehensive. Subject Headings are provided in some databases: MeSH in PubMed; Emtree in Embase.
- Combine searches of similar meaning with OR, then combine different topics with AND.
- Use Filters if appropriate: do not filter to Human if you think recent animal research may be useful. Do not limit your results to full text in any database as this will exclude relevant articles from your results set. Recent articles in press may only provide an abstract if full text is not yet available.
- Sort your results by most recent.
When you do a keyword [All Field] search in PubMed, the results automatically include a subject heading [MeSH] search. Click on Advanced Search – Details to view the search strategy. Sort Results by most recent.
Open Embase from the library A-Z LibGuides page. In the Advanced Search tick the Mapping options to include Emtree and free text searches.
Embase Disease Term: Coronavirus infection
Embase Emtree Subject Terms: 'coronaviridae'/exp OR 'coronavirinae'/exp
Open Scopus from the A-Z LibGuides page and click on the Advanced tab. Copy and paste the following search string and click on Search:
TITLE-ABS-KEY(coronavirus OR "Middle East respiratory syndrome" OR "Severe acute respiratory syndrome" OR "Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus" OR "Feline infectious peritonitis virus" OR "Murine hepatitis virus" OR "Avian infectious bronchitis virus") AND RECENT(60)
Search for coronavirus in the Title Abstract Keyword fields and click on the Clinical Trials tab to view registered trials if there are no relevant systematic reviews published yet.
BMJ Best Practice
Guidance for healthcare professionals and the public
Department of Health, Ireland – information for the public
Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Ireland
HSE guidance for the public
Department of Health, England - information for the public
Department of Health, England – guidance for healthcare professionals
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
World Health Organisation
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health
U.S. National Library of Medicine - For a pre-set search see the Additional NLM Resources link to Journal Article Citations (PubMed)
U.S. Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering: interactive map of reported cases
Publishers providing access for researchersWellcome and Nature are among organisations to call for Coronavirus content to be shared openly. A number of publishers including those listed below have made content available:
The New England Journal of Medicine
Wiley Online Library
Taylor and Francis Group