Answered By: Denise Gehring
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2021     Views: 3

Search keywords to use in library databases

  • covid-19 or coronavirus or 2019-ncov or sars-cov-2 or cov-19

Subject Terms: 

  • Medline with Fulltext (MESH 2021):
    • Coronavirus infections (this is the broader term): Virus diseases caused by the CORONAVIRUS genus. Some specifics include transmissible enteritis of turkeys (ENTERITIS, TRANSMISSIBLE, OF TURKEYS); FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS; and transmissible gastroenteritis of swine (GASTROENTERITIS, TRANSMISSIBLE, OF SWINE).
    • COVID-19: A viral disorder generally characterized by high FEVER; COUGH; DYSPNEA; CHILLS; PERSISTENT TREMOR; MUSCLE PAIN; HEADACHE; SORE THROAT; a new loss of taste and/or smell (see AGEUSIA and ANOSMIA) and other symptoms of a VIRAL PNEUMONIA. In severe cases, a myriad of coagulopathies often correlating with COVID-19 severity is seen (e.g., BLOOD COAGULATION; THROMBOSIS; ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME; SEIZURES; HEART ATTACK; STROKE; multiple CEREBRAL INFARCTIONS; KIDNEY FAILURE; catastrophic ANTIPHOSPHOLIPID ANTIBODY SYNDROME and/or DISSEMINATED INTRAVASCULAR COAGULATION). In younger patients, rare inflammatory syndromes are sometimes associated with COVID-19 (e.g., atypical KAWASAKI SYNDROME; TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME; pediatric multisystem inflammatory disease; and CYTOKINE STORM SYNDROME). A coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the genus BETACORONAVIRUS is the causative agent.
    • COVID-19 Vaccines: Vaccines or candidate vaccines containing SARS-CoV2 component antigens, genetic materials, or inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus, and designed to prevent or treat COVID-19.
    • COVID-19 Testing: Diagnosis of COVID-19 by assaying bodily fluids or tissues for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, SARS-COV-2 antigens or the VIRAL RNA of SARS-COV-2
    • COVID-19 Serological Testing: Diagnosis of COVID-19 by assaying bodily fluids or tissues for the presence of antibodies specific to SARS-COV-2 or its antigens.
    • COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Testing: Diagnosis of COVID-19 by assaying bodily fluids or tissues for the presence of the VIRAL RNA of SARS-COV-2.
    • SARS-CoV-2 (use this for COVID-19 Virus): A species of BETACORONAVIRUS causing atypical respiratory disease (COVID-19) in humans. The organism was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. The natural host is the Chinese intermediate horseshoe bat, RHINOLOPHUS affinis.
  • CINAHL with Fulltext (Cinahl Subject Headings):
    • Coronavirus Infections: Virus diseases caused by the CORONAVIRUS genus.
    • COVID-19
  • APA PsycInfo (APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms):
    • Coronavirus (use this for COVID-19)
  • Academic Search Premier (Academic Search Premier - Subject Terms):
    • COVID-19
    • COVID-19 testing
    • COVID-19 treatment
    • COVID-19 pandemic
    • COVID-19 vaccines
  • Coronavirus Research Database:
    • covid-19
    • covid-19 diagnostic tests

Coronavirus Research Database:

A free health and medical research database for openly available content related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.

This database brings together trusted content from journals, preprints, conference proceedings, dissertations, and more related to COVID-19 and other coronaviruses. This database brings together not only content from open-access journals, but also pre-prints and additional content being made freely available by major publishers from around the world. This versatile content set is designed to help students, researchers, and health care professionals investigate answers to pressing questions arising in the wake of the pandemic. The database will continue to grow as more is learned and new content is published.

Includes content from leading STM Publishers:

  • The BMJ
  • Springer Nature
  • Nature Publishing Group
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Elsevier
  • John Wiley & Sons
  • Brill
  • Emerald Publishing Group
  • Future Science
  • AAAS
  • American Nurses Association
  • CSIRO

Includes select content from leading publications:

  • PLoS One
  • The BMJ
  • The Lancet
  • Cell Press
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • JAMA
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Virology Journal
  • Viruses
  • Journal of Travel Medicine
  • Annals of Intensive Care

Additionally, there are preprints from servers such as BioaRxiv and arXiv, news and reports from providers like Cortellis (BioWorld), and select book chapters from Taylor & Francis, InTech Open, and others.

Research Help

To get a start on coronavirus research, try exploring the pre-made searches we've created below:

Coronavirus therapy

Coronavirus and vaccines

Coronavirus and health care providers

Coronavirus mitigation measures

Occupational, educational, and healthcare impacts of the coronavirus

Coronavirus and mental health

Coronavirus and misinformation

Everything MERS and SARS

Respiratory and lung injury and disease therapies and treatments

Note: Full text for certain publications is subject to market availability.

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