What is Cochrane Library?
The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.
Accessing Cochrane Library
Watch the video above or read the instructions below to learn how to conduct a search in Cochrane Library.
Conducting an Advanced Search
In Advanced Search, there are four tabs to choose from.
Using Search Manager
Here, you can add and combine lines to your search strategy. You can also specify search fields and search MeSH terms.
Consider the following example (click on image to expand it). In Line 1, we are searching for the keywords "child" AND "psychiatry" in the title/abstract/keyword field. In Line 2, we are searching for the MeSH term "child". In Line 3, we are combining our searches from Lines 1 and 2.
The number in the blue box to the right of each line tells us how many search results that search gets. Click on the blue box to see the results.
Click on image to expand it in a new tab.
The search results are separated into several tabs.
So what's included under each tab?
To the right of these tabs, there is a drop-down tab ("More") which provides access to Health Systems Evidence and Social Systems Evidence, repositories from McMaster Health Forum.
1. Click Select All or select the specific articles you want from the results lists.
2. Click Export Selected Citation(s).
3. Choose the RIS (EndNote) format and click Download.