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The Cochrane Library is a collection of evidence-based medical databases. They are put together by clinicians, consumers, and researchers from around the world. It is a resource that can be used to support health care decisions, create care plans, and inform people receiving care. Among the titles included are the Cochrane database of systematic reviews and the Cochrane database of methodology reviews.

Search tips:

  • Using the browse feature to browse reviews allows you to access articles through an alphabetic listing of the contents of each database. This is only useful if you want an overview of the conditions covered in each database.
  • Use the search box on the first page to do a simple search. To assure proximity of terms, use quotation marks around the phrase you want to search. Searching back pain will search the words back and pain in any order and not necessarily next to each other. Searching “back pain” will look for the exact phrase.
  • Because the Cochrane Library is a full-text database, retrieval can be very large and include many references that aren’t really relevant. This usually happens if you choose to search all text. One way to restrict retrieval is to use the drop down menu and select record title. This will restrict the search to only the record title, which contains the main emphasis of the article. It is also possible to restrict the search to only the title, abstract, and keywords.

Where is it :

Go to the UNLV Libraries' home page. Under Find, select Articles, then under Article databases by name, click on the letter C and select Cochrane Library.

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