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Ebm cochrane database of systematic reviews

  1. 1. Searching for Evidence:  Cochrane Database of  Systematic Reviews Susan Fowler, MLIS Medical Librarian Fowler@wustl.edu 314‐362‐8092 pg: 314‐360‐1069
  2. 2. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews • http://www.thecochranelibrary.com • “Gold Standard” for systematic reviews  – systematic review: a process by which a body of literature is  reviewed and assessed using systematic methods which are  intended to reduce bias in the review process and improve  understandability. • Free database, but requires paid subscription to access  most content
  3. 3. Cochrane Library Start at  Advanced  Search
  4. 4. Cochrane Search Example Question: Does the use of Echinacea really prevent the common cold?  Choose  Enter search terms  appropriate area  and combine using  to search from  appropriate  drop down.   Boolean operators.
  5. 5. Cochrane Search Example cont… Click on title  of review to  view details  of review  and access  full text if  available. 
  6. 6. Cochrane Search Example cont… Click  to get  full text if  available at  your library. 
  7. 7. Cochrane Systematic Reviews Pros – Compiled through rigorous standards  – Review process has already been done so  you don’t have to Cons – Limited content – Limited search capabilities – Access to most full‐text content requires paid  subscription
  8. 8. 20 Minutes If 20 minutes have passed and you still have not found what you are looking for, stop and ask for help. • 660 S. Euclid • St. Louis Children’s Hospital 314‐362‐7085 Lauren Yaeger, 314‐454‐2768 Susan Fowler, 314‐362‐8092 yaegerl@wustl.edu Pg: 314‐360‐1069 fowler@wustl.edu • BJ North, Rothschild  Medical Library Reka Kozak, 314‐454‐7208 kozakr@wustl.edu

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