New ‘COVID-19: Resources for research’ guide

A number of organisations have created great resources for supporting research into COVID-19. We’ve added these to our new “COVID-19: Resources for research“ Libguide at:

Here’s the list so far:

WHO is gathering the latest scientific findings and knowledge on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and compiling it in a database. They update the database daily from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searches of the table of contents of relevant journals, and the addition of other relevant scientific articles that come to their attention. The entries in the database may not be exhaustive and new research will be added regularly.

CORD-19 is a free resource of over 29,000 scholarly articles (13,000 with full text) about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses. For use by the global research community. Updated weekly.

LitCovid is an open curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing central access to a growing number of research articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorised by different research topics and geographic locations for improved access.

Microsoft Academic provide an overview of the services they provide, explain the focus of each and provide working examples on how to best use their data and to help generate insight from coronavirus-related scholarly communications.

Dimensions have created a spreadsheet of all their relevant research publications about the 2019 novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19 (which can also be accessed via their dedicated search link: The spreadsheet contains publications, datasets and clinical trials. Dimensions is updated once every 24 hours, so the latest research can be viewed alongside existing information. It brings together research outputs with datasets and clinical trials, both of which are just as vital as journal articles.

Daily level information on those affected by COVID-19. Johns Hopkins University has made a dashboard using the affected cases data. Data is extracted from the google sheets associated and made available here. This dataset has daily level information on the number of affected cases, deaths and recovery from 2019 novel coronavirus. Note: it is time series data and so the number of cases on any given day is the cumulative number.

An interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time. The dashboard, first shared publicly on Jan 22, illustrates the location and number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths, and recoveries for all affected countries. See more in related article: Dong, E., et al. (2020) An interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time. The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Global live statistics and coronavirus news tracking the number of confirmed cases, recovered patients and death toll by country, etc. due to COVID 19. More detailed statistics are given for some countries, for example: UK, China, Italy – see: Worldometer is run by an international team of developers, researchers, and volunteers with the goal of making world statistics available to a wide audience around the world. Worldometer is owned by Dadax, an independent company. They have no political, governmental or corporate affiliation.

Clare Allan
Senior Research Librarian

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