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Searching for studies for inclusion in Cochrane reviews

Date and Location




Friday 20 September 2013 - 13:30 - 15:00
Methods Group and core training

Methods Group

Information Retrieval Methods Group
Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person

Carol Lefebvre


Carol Lefebvre
Julie Glanville
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country

First name


Last name


Affiliation and Country

Australasian Cochrane Centre
Target audience

Target audience

Cochrane review authors with an interest in searching for studies

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Level of knowledge required

Type of workshop

Type of workshop

Abstract text


Objectives: the aim of this workshop is to provide Cochrane review authors with guidance on searching for studies for inclusion in a Cochrane review. Questions to be considered will include: where to search for studies; how to search efficiently and what to do with the search results. Description: this session is primarily aimed at Cochrane review authors and will focus on Cochrane Collaboration policy for searching for studies as described in Chapter 6 of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (Searching for Studies) and the recently published MECIR standards ( The workshop will highlight each area addressed in the Handbook chapter including: developing a search strategy using PICO; sensitivity versus precision; Boolean operators and controlled vocabulary; going beyond MEDLINE - identification and comparison of resources; organizing and managing the search results and documenting and reporting the search process. The facilitators for this workshop are both Co-Convenors of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group and authors of the Cochrane Handbook Chapter (Searching for Studies). The session will include presentations, demonstrations, group discussion and practical exercises. Due to the limited availability of computer labs at the Colloquium, please note that this will NOT be a hands-on workshop.