Cochrane Library

About Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of online searchable databases containing high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Cochrane Reviews represent the highest level of evidence on which to base clinical treatment decisions. In addition to Cochrane Reviews, The Cochrane Library provides other sources of reliable information, from other systematic reviews abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations and individual clinical trials all the current evidence in one single environment.
The Cochrane Library contains:

  • The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Cochrane Reviews investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in a healthcare setting. They are designed to facilitate the choices that doctors, patients, policy makers, and others face in health care
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (Other Reviews): Complements Cochrane Reviews by quality-assessing and summarising reviews which have not been carried out by The Cochrane Collaboration
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Clinical Trials): Includes details of published articles taken from bibliographic databases and other published resources
  • The Cochrane Methodology Register (Method Studies): Presents a bibliography of publications that report on methods used when conducting controlled trials
  • Health Technology Assessment Database (Technology Assessments): Brings together details of completed and ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical and economic implications of healthcare interventions) from around the world 
  • The NHS Economic Evaluation Database (Economic Evaluations): NHS EED assists decision-makers by systematically identifying economic evaluations from around the world, appraising their quality and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses
  • EBM Guidelines : is an online aid in both diagnostic improvement and patient care. It fills the need for a resource addressing the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases and conditions encountered by health care professionals.
License Agreed: Access Available to DL registered institutes
Subject Strengths
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Clinical trials
To see the full Title list visit @: Cochrane title list 2009 .
Service Strengths
  • Saved Search Alerts: Retrieve and re-run detailed search queries in My Profile or set Saved Search email Alerts to notify you whenever new content that matches the specified search is published online
  • Citation Tracking: Citation Tracking allows you to view published works that have cited an article you are currently reading by selecting citations from journals on Wiley InterScience and other publisher sites. Citation Tracking is accessible only for licenced publications
  • Citation Download: Download abstracts and citations from online books and journals directly into reference management software applications such as Endnote
  • Easy navigation from a reference in a review to the cited journal article
  • Links from many CENTRAL records to the corresponding record in PubMed
  • Links to MEDLINE Abstracts and ISI Web of Science®
Usage Guides
Self-paced tutorial e-learning modules available, in the following languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Turkish and German (scroll down to the section on The Cochrane Library after following this link).