The mission of the Meharry Medical College Library is to support students, faculty, researchers, and clinicians by providing access to current, authoritative biomedical information resources that effectively integrate technology to promote best practices.


The Library aspires to strengthen its role as an essential partner in student learning, research and clinical care through exceptional services.


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7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

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9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

COVID-19 Scholarly Resources

Vital Information on Preprint Article Review
NOTE: While preprints are the newest scholarly articles made available, these preliminary reports either have not yet undergone the peer-review process or are under peer-review. They should not be considered conclusive, used to inform clinical practice, or referenced by the media as validated information. Find the newest COVID-19 articles — both critically appraised and those under review from scholarly peer-reviewed journals — in some of the resources listed on this page.

Peer-Reviewed/Preprint Articles & Resource Compliations


AccessMedicine COVID-19 Central
Find bedside clinical resources, guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, case definitions, and 3D views inside the virus on this site maintained by McGraw-Hill Education’s AccessMedicine team.


COVID-19 Oxford Academic Resources
These free resources are provided by Oxford Academic and includes journals and other electronic references such as:
Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2nd. ed.)
Concise Medical Dictionary (9th ed.)
Oxford Bibliographies
Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Very Short Introductions
Oxford Handbooks Online
Oxford Scholarship Online


EBSCO COVID-19 Information Portal
Conduct searches in the following scholarly publications:
The Lancet
Journal of Virology
Journal of Clinical Virology
Virus Genes
Virus Research


Elsevier COVID-19 Clinical Toolkit
Includes clinical overviews, guidelines, order sets, procedure videos, diagnoses, prescribed medications, imaging, drug monographs, patient education, and more for health care professionals treating patients in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Care and Intensive Care units.


MedRxiv and Biorxiv Covid-19 Literature Searching
Find pre-print studies vetted by researchers at Yale and editors of BMJ journals in this Yale-built repository. Content includes studies that are not yet peer-reviewed.


National Library of Medicine COVID-19 Articles (LitCovid)
Find the latest citations for more than 4,000 peer-reviewed articles in PubMed from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Library of Medicine site, devoted to updated listings of the latest coronavirus-related PubMed content.


New England Journal of Medicine COVID-19 Articles
Review NEJM’s COVID-19-related original articles, special reports, perspective pieces, correspondence, editorials, and images in clinical medicine, along with NEJM Catalyst articles and podcasts, and NEJM Resident 360 discussions for medical residents to peruse.


SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Preprint Articles (
Includes more than 200 articles added in the past week under review or accepted by such peer-reviewed journals as:
Nature Research
Journal of Translational Medicine
BMC Infectious Diseases
Respiratory Research,
BMC Public Health
Infectious Diseases of Poverty
BMC Neurology
Virology Journal
BMC Health Services Research
BMC Psychiatry


Society of Critical Care Medicine Published Content
Read the latest articles published in the Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and Critical Care Explorations journals.

Medical Literature Search Strategies


COVID-19 Live Literature Searches
Provided by medical librarians, these topical searches include COVID-19 infection prevention, diagnosis, management, therapeutics, complications, containment, use and reuse of PPE, surge planning for hospitals, immunity, and rehabilitation, among other clinical topics related to patient and clinician care.
Medical disciplines for which PubMed search strings have been provided include:
Respiratory Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Intensive Care


EBSCO ‘Sensitive Search’ Strategy
Find search strategies for use in EBSCO databases and in the scholarly content aggregator’s COVID-19 Research Portal.


PubMed COVID-19 Search Strategy
Use this search query when conducting a general search related to COVID-19 content, courtesy of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).


Clinical Guidelines

ASPEN Resources for Clinicians
Guidelines, recommendations, and scholarly articles compiled by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition


ECRI Guidelines Trust
ECRI assumed the work of the former AHRQ Guideline Clearinghouse to house its list of clinical guidelines, and the ECRI Guidelines Trust replaces the clearinghouse; users must register but content is free with registration.


Guidelines on the Management of the Critically Ill
Guidelines on the Management of Critically Ill Adults with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), published in the Critical Care Medicine journal


COVID-19 Point-of-Care Resources

DynaMed COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
Consult the DynaMed bedside tool — provided by Meharry Medical College Library — for evidence-based content such as definitions, etiology and pathogenesis, diagnosis, prognosis, guidelines, calculators, and media.


UpToDate Clinical Effectiveness COVID-19 Resources
Consult the UpToDate bedside tool — provided by Meharry Medical College Library — for evidence-based content by clinical topic, along with society guidelines for general care and specialty care.

COVID-19 Institutional, Global Agency, and AI-Generated Datasets

AI-Powered COVID-19 Watch
This AI-driven site created by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides minute-by-minute updates on WHO data, news reports, and interactive charts on the evolution, progression, and trajectory of the COVID-19 crisis.


Butte Lab COVID-19 County Tracker
View trends about rates and intensities among counties nationwide at this site created and maintained by the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute.


COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)
See how researchers joined the Allen Institute for AI to create this Semantic Scholar site, which provides free content that includes more than 36,000 full-text articles.


COVID-19 Primer (AI-Driven)
This AI-driven site gathers content every 24 hours; subscribe to a weekly briefing, view the papers most discussed on social media, and follow trending news from television, newspaper, and newsradio reports.


Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 Projections
View projections on how hospital resources are being used, based on the number of COVID-19 deaths.


Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center
Track reported cases of coronavirus in real time, including total number of cases worldwide and in the United States, total number of deaths, and total of those who have recovered.


World Health Organization (WHO) Database of Global COVID-19 Research Center
Find updates on registered clinical trials — including the Solidarity Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Treatments — and research activity updates, along with COVID-19 Emergency Use Listing Procedure (EUL) content.


Recommended Reading & Listening


Elsevier Expert Podcasts
Expert Insights Podcasts on COVID-19 with Elsevier
Episode 1: SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Transmissibility, Pathophysiology and Treatment


Expert Insights Podcasts on COVID-19 with Elsevier
Episode 2 : COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness


Expert Insights Podcasts on COVID-19 with Elsevier
Episode 3: Medical Informatics and COVID-19: Role and Utility of Hospital Digital Resources and Telemedicine in Managing the Pandemic


Tracking COVID-19 Activity
Map It. Zap It. UAB COVID-19 Symptom Tracker
Nearly 19,000 people have shared their symptoms and health status as part of a University of Alabama-Birmingham research study. Even if you feel healthy, check in daily to complete a survey that takes less than two minutes to complete.


The Covid Tracking Project
This joint effort by journalists at The Atlantic magazine and the founder of Related Sciences makes it possible to view data on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and more, state by state.


New York Times Maps of the United States
Use these interactive U.S. maps to find information on the number of confirmed cases county by county and where incidence of the virus is rising fastest


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charts
See what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on throughout the nation to combat COVID-19


COVID-19 Medical & Cultural Podcasts
In the Pipeline: Hydroxychloroquine Update
This blog was created by regular contributors to the Science Translational Medicine journal; this post is an informative discussion on a drug being used experimentally on critically ill COVID-19 patients.


NPR Article & Podcast: When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus
Code Switch, a podcast airing on National Public Radio, advances the national conversation on all things race and society; ‘When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus’ is a COVID-19-related article and podcast.


Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World
Oxford University Press Blog post ‘The Story of COVID-19: By the Numbers’


Digital Resources
The MMCL is increasingly focusing its collection on electronic resources to maximize the utility and accessibility of information across the campus and from home. MMCL provides access to 5,634 electronic journals, 6,526 eBooks, 260 databases, and 1,064 web resources available via an integrated Digital Library. The digital library provides fast access and multiple routes to electronic resources including tools to support evidence-based practice. These tools include a suite of evidence-based medicine Cochrane databases; UpToDate expert reviewed clinical medicine database; the differential diagnosis tool DXplain; A.D.A.M. a human anatomy database; and a wealth of clinical textbooks and journals available via ClinicalKey.


The MMCL also provides access to full-text journals through the Ovid system as well as over 1,000 clinical and research-focused full-text journals through the ScienceDirect database. AccessMedicine provides users with clinical textbooks including Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment. Users can also access health-focused databases such as Health Reference Center Academic and Health and Wellness Resource Center via the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Education and Information Services
The core priorities for the Meharry Medical Library are:

  • Information: providing health and life sciences information that advances research, scholarship, education, and patient-care;
  • Education: developing and implementing programs to train and educate faculty, staff, and students in the skills needed to effectively find, evaluate, and manage health and life sciences information; and
  • Communication: partnering with patrons, being familiar with their needs, and providing and promoting resources and services that meet those needs.


Services and resources include circulation, collection development, reference, computerized bibliographic searching, instruction in information retrieval and use, integrated library system, reserve and special collections. Materials unavailable in the collection are obtained from other medical libraries at no cost through cooperative arrangements (interlibrary loan). Computer-based bibliographic retrieval services are available through the National Library of Medicine.

Library Technologies
Laptops, Tablets, and smartphones are supported by a strong bandwidth access throughout the library. To meet students where they are in the mobile realm, the library created the mobile technology website using LibGuides (

This web site highlights free and subscription based recommended mobile apps. Other important topics include EBM resources, Citation Management Tools, Copyright, and Consumer Health resources.

Total Volumes
MMCL’s collection of 68,127 volumes includes essential resources for healthcare scholarship and research, with a focus on health disparities and minority health. Users can locate library holdings via MMCL’s online catalog. MMCL also participates in consortia agreements to offer its users interlibrary loan access to print resources not held at Meharry.

Last Updated: June 27, 2017


Sandra Parham, MLIS

Library Executive Director
Phone: (615) 327-5770


Clare Kimbro, MLIS

Reference Librarian
Phone: (615) 327-6465


Vanessa Smith, B.S.

Health Information Analyst III/Information Desk
Phone: (615) 327-6463





To have remote access to all available digital resources in the Meharry Digital Library, you must obtain a valid Meharry Computer Account.

Meharry Computer Accounts are issued to individuals who have a direct faculty, student, or work role with Meharry. The licenses for our electronic library resources restrict use to such individuals. Others may use the resources only if they are physically on the campus.


If an individual from such a group has a working relationship with Meharry, they may consult with the department they are working with to request a Computer Account from the Office of Information Technology for the duration of their work relationship.


Remote Access Instructions

  1. Be sure to login with your Meharry Computer ID to get access to MMC Digital Library paid subscription resources.
  2. Click on the link Log in with MMC Computer Account above and to the left of “A B C D … Z” on Digital Library Home Page.


Visit the Evidence-Based Medicine Database



The Meharry Medical College Archives collects, preserves, organizes, and provides access to archival and historical materials documenting the history of Meharry Medical College and its presidents, alumni and faculty.


Our collections include catalogues, class bulletins, photographs, institutional records, artifacts, and personal papers of notable individuals in the history of the College from its inception in 1876 such as past presidents, former deans and department chairs, departmental records and personal collections including the Matthew Walker, M.D. Collection, and the Hubbard Hospital and Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital merger.


Other holdings include a biographical collection of Meharrians and outstanding African American health professionals, pictures of early faculty and early buildings on the South Nashville Campus and the North Nashville Campus.


Visit the MMC Archives

Meharry Medical College Digital Library


Visit the Digital Library



As part of its service commitment, the library has a collection of service request forms that allow students, faculty, staff and residents to request services of different departments. Each online form is designed to help you inquire a specific request for service.


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The circulation department is the central distribution area of the library. It handles distribution of books, audiovisual materials, and reserved materials as well as handling accounting for overdue charges and copy machine accounts. Here, a variety of material may be reserved, checked out, and returned by patrons of the library.


Circulation Policies and Charges




Reserve Material


Checkout Duration:

28 Days

5 Days

24 Hours

Library Use Only


$0.25 per day

$0.50 per day

$1.00 per hour

Library Use Only



Checkout Duration:

28 Days


$0.25 per day



Checkout Duration:

5 Days


$0.50 per day


Reserve Material

Checkout Duration:

24 Hours


$1.00 per hour



Checkout Duration:

Library Use Only


Library Use Only



Located on the first floor of the library, the Library Computer Lab is the primary center for electronic information access on Meharry’s campus, providing access to library online resources, Microsoft Office Suite software, Computer Based Training/Testing software, and Internet. All workstations have access to a printer in the lab. The Computer Lab is open to all Meharry students, faculty, residents, and staff. The Lab hours are the same as the library hours.

Available and Supported Software:

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • SPSS and SAS
  • EndNote and RefWorks
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader – PDF reader
  • Internet Explorer
  • Roxio Easy CD creator – CD burning software

The Computer Lab is staffed by library staff and technical support. Please ask for assistance if you need help with literature searching, computer and software use.



The Meharry Librarians are dedicated to informing and educating the Meharry community on the print and web-based tools for clinical, research, and curriculum needs. The MMC library offers training sessions in online resources.

Our Online Resources:

MMC Digital Library

SIRSI Library Catalog




OVID databases



Training on additional resources is available upon request. Classes will be held in the Electronic Classroom (below) of the S.S. Kresge Learning Resource Center, Room 318. Librarians will also conduct remote training sessions (orientations, department meetings, class meetings) upon request.


For questions or scheduling adjustments, please contact:


Clare Kimbro
Reference Librarian
Phone: 615-327-6454



To support the library and college’s training and education, library patrons have access to a well equipped electronic classroom, which is Room 318 located on the 2nd floor of the library.

Training Workstation Specifications:

  • The electronic classroom utilizes Thin Client PCs for students.
  • The instructor’s workstation features the Smart Board projection software.

Available and Supported Software:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access)
  • Internet Explorer
  • EndNote and RefWorks
  • Statistical Software (SAS,SPSS)

Reserve a Classroom — In addition to scheduled training classes, the library classroom is also available for curriculum-based database training or staff training sessions. Faculty members or department personnel may reserve a classroom by contacting:


Vanessa Smith
Health Information Analyst


Notes: If special software is needed for the training session, please contact Media Services to have the software checked and installed beforehand.


Media Services
Phone: 327-4357