THE COCHRANE LIBRARY USER GUIDE

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Cochrane Library guideLast revised February 2015LibraryLeabharlannThe Cochrane Library is available free of charge (funded by the Health ResearchBoard) in the Republic of Ireland at www.cochranelibrary.com. It contains the full textof Cochrane reviews and abstracts only of other materials.Finding information1. Browsing by topicLibraryLeabharlann Find out what Cochrane Reviews are available by topic. Scroll to the bottom of the home page to see a choice of topics. Alternative fromthe top tool bar select Cochrane Reviews Browse by Topic

Go to the specific topic you are interested inSelect a review you are interested in

Selectif you want to print the Review2. Basic searchUse the search box at the top right of the screen. Enter your search terms and click3.ResultsResults are divided by type of study. The available top level results automaticallydisplay – in the example below Cochrane Reviews. Select display of other types ofstudies, e. g. Trials on the left of the screen. Browse results and select the title to seefull result.

At the top of the screen other search options display, including Search limits,Search Manager (for advanced searching), Medical Terms (Mesh), Browse. Forfurther details on those options, please see below.4. Finding your way around a Cochrane reviewCochrane reviews use a prescribed methodology. Reviews start as aProtocols are reviews in progress and are not finished. It may take several yearsbefore a completed review is published. Ais a finished product and willcontinue to be reviewed and amended to take account of new evidence. Each reviewis clearly marked with its status.Different types of stages and reviews:Reviews are displayed with various tabs and PDF downloadoptions. The tabs (in HTML format) are better for reading onscreen; the PDF is better for printing out. You can alsoselect specific parts of a review, e. g. tables, references.Previous versions of the same review can be viewed underOther versions.Reviews consist of an abstract (summary) and a plainlanguage summary. To read online, follow the relevant links,to print, choose PDF.

4. Other resultsOther results, for example Trials, provide you with a reference and in many cases anabstract, but not the full-text. To access the full-text, search the DDUH/TCD Librarycatalogues5. Search LimitsLimit your search in the search tab at the top of your search results.

6. Advanced search / Search ManagerSelect the Advanced Search link or access from the top of your existing searchresults. It allows you to search specific fields within a record.Search Manager is intended for complex search strategies for experiencedsearchers. It supports Boolean and proximity operators, nesting and field searching.For further information, contact the Librarian.

7. Medical terms (MeSH)MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) are controlled medical subject terms, which areattached to many, but not all, records in the Cochrane Library. MeSH search can findrelative information, which may not be picked up in a basic search. Go to:Enter search term(s) and click .If the term exists as a MeSH heading,various search tree options and qualifying options display. If it does not exist,potential matches display. Click on the relevant one to find further information.Further information is available from the DDUH Librarian.Keeping up-to-dateTo subscribe to e-mail alerts, save searches, etc, you need to be registered user ofWiley. To sign up (free), select log in at the top right of the screen.

Search tips1. Plurals are automatically searched, so searching child will also find children2. You can truncate terms by using * (e.g. dent* will find dental, dentist and dentistsetc.)3. Some alternative spellings are also automatically searched (e.g. tumor/tumour),but to be certain, use internal truncation e.g. isch*mic will find ischaemic orischemic.4. Use brackets to control the order in which the search executes, if you are using acombination of Boolean searching (AND, OR, NOT) .5. NEAR can be used instead of AND to narrow your search e.g. cancer NEARoral finds the two words within 6 words of each other in either order.6. When searching a phrase you must enter it with quotes, e.g. “dentalradiography”. Otherwise the words will be searched as dental AND radiographyAbout the Cochrane LibraryThe Cochrane Library consists of 6 distinct databases:Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Cochrane Reviews)Systematic reviews compare results from similar randomized trials to help identifyinterventions, which work, which do not, and which are harmful. A systematic reviewuses a predefined, explicit methodology. The methods used include steps tominimize bias in all parts of the process: identifying relevant studies, selecting themfor inclusion, and collecting and combining their data. Studies should be soughtregardless of their results.Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)CENTRAL includes details of published articles taken from bibliographic databasesand other published and unpublished sources. It is the world’s largest index ofpublished clinical trials. They do not contain the full text of the articles.Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR)CMR is a bibliography of publications on the controlled trials methods.Database of abstracts of reviews of effects (DARE)DARE contains abstracts of systematic reviews that have been quality assessed byCentre for Review and Dissemination (CRD), University of York.

Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)HTA contains details of ongoing projects and completed publications from healthtechnology assessment organisations.NHS Economic Evaluation DatabaseThis contains structured abstracts of articles describing economic evaluations ofhealth care interventions.

abstract, but not the full-text. To access the full-text, search the DDUH/TCD Library catalogues 5. Search Limits Limit your search in the search tab at the top of your search results. 6. Advanced search / Search Manager . The Cochrane Library consists of 6 distinct databases: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Cochrane Reviews)