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Literature searching: Cochrane Library (Wiley)

Cochrane Library Quick Link

What is the Cochrane Library?

Includes:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
  • Cochrane Clinical Answers

Top tips - searching the Cochrane Library

  • If you already have a Medline search strategy, translate that into Cochrane using the Polyglot Search Translator
  • If starting from scratch, Wiley search support: Cochrane Library training 

If you already have a Medline search strategy

Translating a search strategy from Ovid Medline to the Cochrane Library:

  • Use Advanced Search > Medical term (MeSH) - Search Manager tab
  • Good news - Cochrane Library uses MeSH like Medline (so you don't have to rethink the subject headings) BUT the syntax (commands) look radically different
  • Use the Polyglot tool to translate text search lines from Ovid Medline to Cochrane Library eg caregivers/ or caregiv*.ti,ab becomes [mh ^caregivers] OR caregiv*:ti,ab
  • Results will be provided in different tabs on the side of your search screen, so make sure you download each set separately to get them all