Note: SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 is a type of coronavirus and has also been referred to as a novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, but that usage is less common after March 2020. SARS stands for "severe acute respiratory syndrome."

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Search recommendations:

  1. Search for "coronavirus OR COVID-19" and limit results to 2020.
  • Use "Additional Filters" on the left for limit options such as article type.
  • Add additional keywords to your search to narrow your results, i.e. "(coronavirus OR COVID-19) AND humans AND symptoms"
  • You could also add "AND review" to find reviews of current evidence to date.
  1. Use the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) coronavirus and select a subtopic of interest (such as drug effects) to add to your search.
  • You may also want to add "AND "Humans"[Mesh]" if you are focusing on the impact of the virus on humans.
  • Limit your search results to 2020.
  • Note: While this search works well to focus on specific aspects of the virus, it will not pull up the most recent articles due to a delay in indexing the articles by subject.

Search Recommendations:

  1. Search for "coronavirus OR COVID-19 OR 2019-nCoV OR SARS-CoV-2" and limit results to 2020
  2. Use "Search within results" option to further limit results by adding additional search terms
  • Web of Science categories and Document type offer additional ways to limit results
  • You can sort results by Times Cited or by date
  • The number of citations can indicate an article's importance, but is also likely to be higher for older articles

Search for "coronavirus OR COVID-19 OR 2019-nCoV" and limit results to 2020.

  • Use "Subject" filters on left to narrow to topics such as "Human Medicine" or "Veterinary Medicine" or "Epidemiology"
  • Use "Select a Field" drop-downs to search categories such as:
    • "Parts, Structures & Systems" - i.e. if you want to research the impact of COVID-19 on kidney function
    • "Chemicals & Biochemicals" - for example, if you want to find research on the effectiveness of chloroquine in treating COVID-19
    • "Methods & Equipment" - such as nucleic acid testing, if you want to research its testing effectiveness for COVID-19

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