|3.Cochrane changes and
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases
published by the Cochrane Collaboration, including
the full text of the Cochrane Systematic Reviews,
a growing full text database of reviews of healthcare
interventions. Starting in January 2005, the Cochrane
Library will be available exclusively via the new Wiley
Interscience site. This marks the conclusion of a
year of transition and development, with extensive
input from users. It is important to note that this
new site will have the most up to date comments, revisions,
or withdrawals of Cochrane Systematic Reviews.
Some improvements over the previous version:
- When examining results under the Cochrane Database
of Systematic Reviews, protocols are marked with
a P, and reviews with an R. No longer do you need
to double click to see results.
- It is now possible to edit a search strategy.
Select Search History; then choose the search strategy
- Cochrane Advanced Search now allows you to search
easily within specific fields as well as within
- Cochrane Advanced Search page has a very useful
list of "Search Tips" on the right side
of the screen. For example, Tip #7 explains how
to search the text of thefull record for words that
occur within a certain distance of one another.
This is a very effective technique for searching
large full text articles like the Cochrane Systematic
- In terms of content, one change is that the list
of references is no longer searched.
- Previously to look at the outline of the article,
you would need to click on the Outline button at
the top of the page. Now after selecting the record,
the outline automatically appears on the left hand
side of the screen.
- You can sort by the type of document you wish
- Reviews are now available in PDF format.
- E-mail alerts can be set up for registered users.
On the Saved Searches page there is an activate/stop
toggle button for alert status. Once activated,
you will receive an email when a new document is
published in the Cochrane Library.
- Under the Special Features section on the right
hand side of the main page there is:
1. A direct link to a Permission Request Form (PDF)
used to request copyright permission from Cochrane.
Requesters must also contact the authors directly
before republishing material from Cochrane.
2. Information pertinent for reviewers is found
by clicking For Reviewers.
Quick guide to differences in search behavior (Wiley
See also Wiley's
complete Cochrane help.
To connect to Cochrane, go to the Gerstein home page
and click on Cochrane in the Medical databases column.
For more information on the new Cochrane interface,
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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