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COVID-19 Research Articles Downloadable Database

March 19, 2020

Updated August 10, 2020

The Stephen B. Thacker CDC Library is collecting COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) research articles and compiling them into an easily accessible and downloadable database to help researchers find the latest COVID-19 research.

This database is updated by systematically searching various bibliographic databases and hand searching selected grey literature sources. The methodology is posted below. Updates are posted every day, Monday through Friday.

In addition to this database, there are two other downloadable databases of COVID-19 articles. The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 research article databaseexternal icon is a database of research articles compiled daily by WHO. LitCovid external iconexternal icon is a database compiled by the National Library of Medicine from COVID-19 articles in PubMed.  Both databases’ articles are included in the collection below.

A larger comprehensive dataset containing not only research articles on COVID-19 but also research on other coronaviruses can be searched using the COVID-19 Open Research Datasetexternal icon by the Allen Institute for AI and their partners.  It was intended for researchers using natural language processing but also contains more than full text 33,000 articles.

While our methods aim to be as comprehensive, exhaustive, and systematic as possible, due to this situation rapidly changing this database may not contain all research published so far. Please check the methodology and the date when this database was last updated to understand what is included.

Most publishers are making their COVID-19 content Open Access but some articles that are not Open Access are accessible only to those with a CDC user id and password. Find a library near you that may be able to help you get access to articles by clicking the following links: https://www.worldcat.org/libraries external icon OR https://www.usa.gov/librariesexternal icon .

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.

Download Database of COVID-19 Research Articles

Below are options to download the database of COVID-19 research articles.  You can search the database of citations by author, keyword (in title, author, abstract, subject headings fields), journal, or abstract when available.  DOI, PMID, and URL links are included when available.

This database is updated every day Monday through Friday and was last updated on August 10, 2020.

Excel download:

Citation Management Software (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, Refman, etc.) download:

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation.  Some of the research included above is preliminary.  Materials listed in this database 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.

Accessing the Full Text

To access the full text, click on the DOI, PMID, or URL links.  While most publishers are making their COVID-19 content Open Access, some articles are accessible only to those with a CDC user id and password. Find a library near you that may be able to help you get access to articles by clicking the following links: https://www.worldcat.org/libraries external icon OR https://www.usa.gov/librariesexternal icon .

CDC users can use EndNote’s Find Full Text feature to attach the full text PDFs within their EndNote Library.  CDC users, please email Martha Knuth for an EndNote file of all citations.  Once you have your EndNote file downloaded, to get the full-text of journal articles listed in the search results you can do the following steps:

  1. First, try using EndNote’s “Find Full-Text” feature to attach full-text articles to your EndNote Library.
  2. Next, check for full-text availability, via the E-Journals list, at: http://sfxhosted.exlibrisgroup.com/cdc/azexternal icon  .
  3. If you can’t find full-text online, you can request articles via DocExpress, at: https://docexpress.cdc.gov/illiad/
Methodology

The following databases were searched from Dec. 2019-present for articles related to COVID-19: Medline (Ovid and PubMed), PubMed Central, Embase, CAB Abstracts, Global Health, PsycInfo, Cochrane Library, Scopus, Academic Search Complete, Africa Wide Information, CINAHL, ProQuest Central, SciFinder, the Virtual Health Library, and LitCovid.  Selected grey literature sources were searched as well, including the WHO COVID-19 website, CDC COVID-19 website, Eurosurveillance, China CDC Weekly, Homeland Security Digital Library, ClinicalTrials.gov, bioRxiv (preprints), medRxiv (preprints), chemRxiv (preprints), and SSRN (preprints).

Detailed search strings with synonyms used for COVID-19 are below.

Detailed search strategy for gathering COVID-19 articles, updated August 10, 2020 pdf icon[PDF – 135 KB]

Note on preprints:  Preprints have not been peer-reviewed. They should not be regarded as conclusive, guide clinical practice/health-related behavior, or be reported in news media as established information.

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: August 10, 2020