COVID-19 Resource guide updated June 2021

This information guide has been produced to assist staff who are working on the current Coronavirus outbreak to quickly access evidence based resources to inform their decision making.  The guide lists a range of open access resources that have been promoted by different groups including Public Health England.  Some of the resources may require an OpenAthens Login.

If you are unable to access an article or a resource, please email Oxford Health Libraries for assistance.

Keeping up to date


  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Latest News

Training and Literature Searching

  • e-Learning for Healthcare – Coronavirus A short course from e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) covering searching principles and techniques to help the health and care workforce respond to the coronavirus.
  • Information skills training We offer training on using library databases and critically appraising literature.  Find out more here or email .
  • Literature Searching We can carry out evidence searches (or mediated searches) related to health and social care whether it is in support of patient care, clinical audit, guideline or care pathway development, Trust research project or other Trust business.  To request an evidence search please email the library or request online .

Evidence resources

BMJ Best Practice COVID-19. Includes information on history, examination, diagnostic, risk factors and treatment algorithm.

British Medical Journal (BMJ) Coronavirus: latest news and resources.All BMJ coverage of the coronavirus outbreak can be found.  All articles and resources are freely available.

Elsevier  Novel Coronavirus Information Centerfree health and medical research on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19

Cochrane Library Special Collections  Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care, The reviews in this Special Collection assess interventions that are referenced in the WHO interim guidance.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service CEBM’s evidence synthesis and dissemination service against the current COVID-19 pandemic.

UpToDate: COVID-19 Information for Clinicians in UpToDate®

Additional Clinical Topics

Society Guidelines

COVID-19 Patient Education

Questions and Answers

In Lexicomp® Clinical Drug Information

o    This topic is now available in the following languages: Arabic | Chinese Simplified | Chinese | Creole | French | German | Greek | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Polish | Portuguese | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Turkish | Vietnamese

Wolters Kluwer Coronavirus Resources & Tools page provides further resources.

Search Terminology

Expert Searches for Wuhan Coronavirus. Wolters Kluwer has developed Expert Searches focused on Wuhan coronavirus to aid scientists, epidemiologists and clinical researchers using the Ovid medical research platform.

Evidence Databases at the Knowledge and Library Hub Search up to nine different databases including Medline, Embase, Emcare, BNI and CINAHL to find research papers, journal articles, systematic reviews, clinical trials linked to full text papers where available.

Search Keywords   

To search database resources, it is important to use the right terminology.  PHE Knowledge and Library Services has produced a list of search terms to research on Databases.

  • coronavirus*
  • coronovirus*
  • “Coronavirus”
  • “Coronavirus Infections”
  • “Wuhan coronavirus”
  • Wuhan
  • “2019-nCoV”
  • COVID-19
  • WN-CoV
  • “novel coronavirus”
  • “new coronavirus”
  • CoV
  • 2019 novel
  • new coronavirus
  • ncov
  • ncov*wuhan
  • (outbreak* OR “respiratory illness” OR “respiratory disease” OR respiratory symptom* OR seafood market OR food market OR wildlife) and (Wuhan OR China OR Chinese)

CABI Global Health

Coronavirus update and free access.   CABI is making all its’ coronavirus information from Global Health database and CAB Abstracts freely available for the next 3 months. The content includes research on epidemiology, prevention, and control of SARS and MERS and research on animal coronaviruses.  To access: Please GO TO ‘login’ and follow the instructions.  Then copy and paste code: CV4Y85D5JG9 into the ‘Redeem a voucher’ section.


COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus. Free online video course from FutureLearn. Learn about the latest evidence on COVID-19, presented by international experts.
GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network)

Access to GIDEON has been enabled for all NHS OpenAthens accounts nationally until end of April 2020.  Click here to access the database. There is also a tutorial available at:

Knowledge for Healthcare 

Covid-19/Coronavirus Resources

Includes Evidence Sources for links to evidence on COVID-19 from trusted sources and General Information for links to information for trainees, patients and library services.

COVID-19 related searches carried out by NHS librarians are available at:                                                       

Patient Information

Patient Information leaflet: coronavirus. BMJ Best practice. Downloadable information guide.

Patient education COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) (The Basics). UpToDate. All topics are updated as new evidence becomes available

NHS 111 Online (COVID-19)  Symptom checker, general information and advice.

Point of Care Tools

BMJ Best Practice offers a step-by-step approach to help manage patient diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.  Use it to find answers quickly online or offline. Download the Apps on your android, iPhone or tablet. You will need an OpenAthens account to login to use the resources.

Multi language resources

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) COVID-19 Includes latest updates, publications and statistics.

Elsevier Coronavirus Information CenterFreely available information in English and Mandarin Chinese on the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

Doctors of the World Coronavirus NHS Guidelines translated into 34 languages

Guidance  Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance for health professionals.  Information on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Please visit this page for daily updates.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Coronavirus (COVID-19) NICE has published rapid guidelines and evidence reviews on COVID-19

Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center Clinical guidance.   Free health and medical research on novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) regarding diagnosis and treatment.

UpToDate. Society guideline links: Novel coronavirus. Includes links to society and government-sponsored guidelines from selected countries and regions around the world.

EPI-WIN – WHO Information Network for Epidemics COVID-19 Guidance  Provides tailored information to different audiences during a public health event.

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures Covid -19 Infection Prevention and Control  Includes information such as hand decontamination using an alcohol‐based hand rub, hand washing and also Isolation Procedures.

Royal College of Psychiatrists As the NHS response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) moves quickly, the College is working with NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) to update guidance for psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals working in mental health settings:

Page last reviewed: 1 June, 2022