COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Research Guide

From the CDC’s COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) website:

“COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.

There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page for COVID-19.

This guide provides resources for researching COVID-19. In this guide you can find the following:

  • Research articles downloadable database
    • The CDC Database of COVID-19 Research Articles is now a part of the WHO COVID-19 database.  Our search results are now being sent to the WHO COVID-19 Database to make it easier for them to be searched, downloaded, and used by researchers worldwide.
    • The last version of the CDC COVID-19 database will be archived and remain available on this website.  Please note that it has stopped updating as of October 9, 2020 and all new articles are now being integrated into the WHO COVID-19 database.
  • COVID-19 Science Updates : To help inform CDC’s COVID-19 Response, as well as to help CDC staff stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 research, the Response’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer has collaborated with the CDC Office of Library Science to create a series called COVID-19 Science Update. This series, the first of its kind for a CDC emergency response, provides brief summaries of new COVID-19-related studies on many topics, including epidemiology, clinical treatment and management, laboratory science, and modeling. These summaries are released every Tuesday and Friday.
  • Databases and journals
    • Selected scholarly literature databases and journals available to help you find research about COVID-19.
  • Search Alerts
  • Secondary Data and Statistics
    • Selected sources for secondary data and statistics on COVID-19.
  • Websites
    • Selected websites and organizations where you can find more information on COVID-19.

Some resources within this guide are accessible only to those with a CDC user ID and password. Find a library near you that may be able to help you access similar resources by clicking the following links:  OR .


Materials listed in these guides are selected to provide awareness of quality public health literature and resources. A material’s inclusion does not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Public Health Service (PHS), or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nor does it imply endorsement of the material’s methods or findings. HHS, PHS, and CDC assume no responsibility for the factual accuracy of the items presented. The selection, omission, or content of items does not imply any endorsement or other position taken by HHS, PHS, and CDC. Opinion, findings, and conclusions expressed by the original authors of items included in these materials, or persons quoted therein, are strictly their own and are in no way meant to represent the opinion or views of HHS, PHS, or CDC. References to publications, news sources, and non-CDC Websites are provided solely for informational purposes and do not imply endorsement by HHS, PHS, or CDC.