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Preventive & Social Medicine: Home

About this Guide

This Guide brings together some research resources for Preventive and Social Medicine, including databases & journals, major reference works and other key sources. Different types of resources are available via the navigation bar, above. For further assistance with finding research materials, please contact Richard German, Subject Librarian for Preventive and Social Medicine.

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Coronavirus Information

Sites with clinical information on Covid-19:

There is information available on the NZ Ministry of Health web site and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has developed a database of New Zealand research on Covid-19.

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to relevant articles in PubMed.

DynaMed and BMJ Best Practice have information pages about COVID-19 (the disease caused by the virus now known as SARS-CoV-2). Elsevier's Covid-19 Hub has gathered some front-line clinical tools and resources to help you deliver excellent care and information to your patients.

A review article, which will be updated weekly, has been published on PubMed.

The BMJ has a landing page for COVID-19 information, as do the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and JAMA Wolters Kluwer (another publisher) has also created a landing page, which includes a list of MEDLINE articles on COVID-19 as well as search strategies. Another publisher, McGraw-Hill, has launched their Covid Central pages and another of our database suppliers, ProQuest, has curated a searchable Coronavirus Research Database.

There is further information available from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and the OECD

Johns Hopkins University in the US provides a very useful map showing the global spread of COVID-19.

Digital Science is supporting the global research effort by providing all relevant content on COVID-19 from their application Dimensions as a single export file, updated daily, to make sharing and distributing research information easier. The file is openly available as a csv file hosted on Figshare


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