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COVID-19

Specially constructed guide to pull together current research and clinical guidelines on topics connected to COVID-19.

Preprint Servers

During the COVID-19 outbreak, researchers have been using preprint servers to get research out very quickly. This isn't brand new, but the use of these servers has dramatically increased in biomedical research areas due to the pandemic. That said, you may want to search these servers to find the latest research, with the caveat of knowing the articles presented in these servers are not peer reviewed yet. As medRxiv states on their About page, "Preprints are preliminary reports of work that have not been certified by peer review. They should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information."


Search Strategies in Preprint Servers

Preprint servers can have character limits in their search interfaces. This may require you to cut out some terms in a long string. Otherwise, you can use similar search strategies used in PubMed or Embase without any field tags (i.e. [mesh] or [tw]).


Preprint Servers Custom Search

Seton Hall University has developed a customized Google search that allows users to search multiple preprint servers at the same time.

Basic Science Research Databases

Disclaimer

Links to information on this page are targeted to licensed health professionals and professional biomedical researchers to provide additional references as warranted, not for the public. Links are not medical advice nor are they endorsed by The Ohio State University or The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.