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Cochrane Library

High-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

Basic Search Tips

Support for Boolean Operators

How to Search Cochrane Like a Pro

The Riverpoint Library has made a very nice video guide to get you started. There is a brief mention of logging into this schools campus network that does not apply to the DMU community. This log in information is about 40 seconds into the video.

Limiting Your Search To Specific Databases within the Library

To limit your search in advance to a specific database in the Cochrane Library, select Search Limits.

Limiting to Cochrane Reviews is easy since the you can tell which box to click. To limit to the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) click on the box for Trials.

You can also run a search and limit your results to these two databases afterwards.

cochrane library search limits

A new pop up window will open. Under the Databases column, select which database you want to search.

cochrane library database options

Finding Full Text in the Cochrane Library

  • Good news! The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews has pdf's embedded within the records. No need to look any further for your full text.
  • Semi-Good news! The library was able to request integration of our open URL resolver (Ebsco linksource) into the CENTRAL database. But these links to full text do not consistently work. We can't seem to work out a resolution with the publisher. 

How to get to article full text in the CENTRAL database:

Step 1: Look for the Links option at the top of the record.


If you see this next screenshot then lucky you! The Find it @ DMU link should work.

links to full text


However, If you see this screen:

error message


Step 2: go back to the CENTRAL record. You can search for the source (the title of the journal) in the library's AtoZ ejournals database or Browzine, to see if the library has a subscription to the journal.

Saving Your Search Strategy - Current Awareness Tip

  • Individual searches can be saved by entering term(s), running the search and using the “Save Search” button. To save searches, a user must be registered with the Cochrane Library and be logged in to their personal account.
  • To run a previously saved search, a user must be registered with the Cochrane Library and be logged in to their personal account.
  • For Saved Searches, users can set an alert so they will receive an email every time new articles indexed with their search terms are published in the Cochrane Library.
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