Scholarly Resources on COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) for Dental Practitioners and Researchers


Due to the urgent need for evidence to support clinical decision-making and health policy, the way that biomedical research is conducted and disseminated during a pandemic is different than under normal circumstances. To help you better understand the many types of rapidly evolving evidence sources on COVID-19, take the online learning module created by our colleagues at Gerstein, Navigating the COVID-19 Evidence Landscape.

Key Evidence for Dental Practitioners

Publications from Faculty of Dentistry Researchers

Databases, Expert Searches and Literature Collections

  • Journal of American Dental Association COVID-19 Evidence Collection
    The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) has compiled a list of articles they've published on topics relevant to dentistry and COVID-19, including spatter reduction, prevention of aerosol contamination and other infection control precautions.

  • Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD) COVID-19 Special Issue
    The most recent issue of EBD attempts to analyse all the best evidence about Covid-19, its effects on dental patients and practice. Containing over a dozen evidence syntheses, this is a great way to stay up to date on the relevant research that has been published since the start of the pandemic. 

  • PubMed Articles Relevant to COVID-19 in Dentistry
    A curated list of PubMed articles relevant to COVID-19 in dentistry. The list is updated around 9 AM daily and was developed by our colleague Natalie Clairoux, Dentistry Librarian at the Université de Montréal. 

  • McMaster Forum Guide to COVID-19 Evidence Sources
    Developed and maintained by the McMaster Forum and its partners at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, this succinct list of COVID-19 evidence sources is intended to help health- and social-system leaders as they respond to unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • WHO Database of Global Research on Coronavirus
    Database of the latest scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization, updated daily.

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    The latest research information on COVID-19 from the NIH.

  • LitCovid
    A curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

  • Disaster Lit COVID-19 Database Search
    A curated search of the NLM's database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available for free on the internet.

  • COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)
    The most extensive machine-readable coronavirus literature collection available for data and text-mining to date, updated weekly and freely available.

Resources & Guides

From Associations/Institutions

From Librarians

  • Gerstein's COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Information Guide
    Librarians at U of T's Gerstein Science Informatin Centre have compiled an information guide on the latest research & guidance on COVID-19. Visit the link above to view resources to support research on the disease & virus.

  • Map and Data Library's COVID-19 Data Resources Guide
    Created by librarians at U of T's Map and Data Library, this guide is a collection of resources and tutorials related to COVID-19, including data sources, visualizations, and maps. 

  • Unity Health Toronto COVID-19 Resource Guide
    Our colleagues at Unity Health Toronto have created a curated list of new COVID-19 resources created by database vendors and scholarly publishers. Many of these resources are openly available and aim to increase access to high quality, transparent COVID-19 information in support of research on this topic.

  • Open Resources for COVID-19 Research
    This guide from librarians at Western University provides a list of freely available online resources to support COVID-19 research. These include special issues and collections from key scholarly journals as well as informaton resources and datasets from research institutions and academic publishers.

  • Guide to Epidemics in History, Literature and Art
    Check out this guide to secondary and primary literature relating to epidemics and their impact on history, literature, and art compiled by UTL librarians.


This information guide and the resources shared here were compiled with help from other medical librarians and library guides, which provided a starting point as well as the inspiration for the deveopment of this guide. 


This guide includes selected resources that are licensed by the University of Toronto Libraries or are freely available on the web.  While we strive to keep all content current and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability of information, products, services, or related graphics contained on any of the resources listed. Simply put, advice regarding your care should always include your physician and other qualified health providers. Please contact your dentistry librarians for further assistance.

Acknowledgements and Disclaimer adapted from Gerstein's COVID-19 Information Guide.


Last updated: February 2021