The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. The Cochrane Library is available to all University of Dundee staff and students and is listed by title on the A-Z of Eresources page. For off-campus access select Sign in then Institutional login. Type Dundee in the search box and select University of Dundee. Enter your University of Dundee username and password.
The Cochrane Library is owned by Cochrane and published by Wiley and contains three main databases: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) which includes all Cochrane Reviews (and protocols) which are peer reviewed and prepared/supervised by a Cochrane Review Group (editorial team). Use this link for more detail on the Cochrane reviews and the different types of review, within the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials. In addition to bibliographic details (author, title, source, year etc) CENTRAL records often include an abstract (or summary) of the article, but not the full text of an article.
Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point-of-care decision making. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer and data from the outcomes from the Cochrane Review deemed most relevant to practising healthcare professionals.
Featured content includes Special Collections that are curated content collections on a specific health care topic, for example, ‘Diagnosing Skin Cancer’ etc. The federated search feature allows Cochrane users to search systematic reviews from the ‘Epistemonikos’ health evidence database. This feature is available via the Basic Search box on the home page, but is not available on the Advanced Search tabs.
Within the Cochrane website under the ‘Help’ tab there are also links to training videos, user guides and webinars via the Cochrane Library Training Hub.
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