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COVID-19 Ovid Search Alert

The Ovid platform includes the following databases: CAB Abstracts, Embase, Global Health, Medline, and PsycInfo.

Access to Ovid is restricted to patrons 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: https://www.worldcat.org/libraries external icon OR https://www.usa.gov/librariesexternal icon .

What is a search alert?

Want to be notified when a new article is published that matches your search? Set up a search alert! Search alerts will automatically rerun your search and email you new results on a schedule that you set. Set up search alerts for your area of research, journals, tables of contents, authors, and more.

Search alerts help you stay on top of the latest literature and save time!

Suggested search alert for COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus).

The following search is a basic search to use to create a search alert.  For a more detailed or customized search contact your librarian.

(coronavir* OR corona virus* OR betacoronavir* OR covid19 OR covid 19 OR nCoV OR CoV 2 OR CoV2 OR sarscov2 OR 2019nCoV OR 2019 novel coronavirus* OR 2019 novel CoV OR wuhan virus*).mp. OR ((wuhan OR hubei OR huanan) AND (severe acute respiratory OR pneumonia*) AND outbreak*).mp.

Suggested controlled vocabulary to add to the end of the keyword search:

  • CAB Abstracts: OR exp Betacoronavirus/
  • Embase: OR Coronavirus infection/ OR coronavirinae/ OR exp betacoronavirus/
  • Global Health: OR exp Betacoronavirus/
  • Medline: OR Coronavirus Infections/ OR Coronavirus/ OR betacoronavirus/

Note:

  • NEW: Research articles downloadable database
    • The Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library is systematically searching the literature and compiling a downloadable database of research articles and grey literature on COVID-19 for researchers. Updates are posted on Friday.  Ovid database articles are included.
Create a Ovid Search Alert

1. Login to your Ovid account. Don’t have a personal account in Ovid? Learn how to create one hereexternal icon.

2. After performing your search in one of the Ovid Databases, click on Search History.

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3.  Check the box next to the search you would like to save.  Under Actions click on Create Auto-Alert.

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4. Name your saved search and set your preferences for how often you would like to be updated and in what format. You can choose to be updated monthly, weekly, or daily.  Click Save at the bottom of the page.

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Edit or Delete a Search Alert

1. Login to your Ovid account.

2.  Select the database in which you created the search alert.

3. Click on Search History.  In the upper right, click on View Saved.

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4. Check the box next to the search you would like to change and then edit or delete it using the symbols.  If you delete the search it will ask you to confirm that you would like to delete it.

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Create a RSS Feed

1. Login to your Ovid account. Don’t have a personal account in Ovid? Learn how to create one hereexternal icon.

2.  After performing your search in one of the Ovid Databases, click on Search History.

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3.  Check the box next to the search you would like to save.  Under Actions click on Create RSS.

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4. Ovid automatically names your RSS feed but you can change it if you prefer. Click Save at the bottom of the page.

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5. Ovid will generate a link for your RSS feed.  Click on the highlighted here.

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6. You can then subscribe to the RSS feed by clicking on Subscribe to this feed.

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Disclaimer
Disclaimer

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.

Page last reviewed: March 23, 2020