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Searching for studies for inclusion in Cochrane Reviews

Topic category Searching and information retrieval
Date and Location
Thursday 20 October 2011 - 14:00 - 15:30
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
Information Retrieval Methods Group
Contact person
Contact person: 
Carol Lefebvre (Contact this person)
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Affiliation and Country: 
Cancer Research, Wales, UK
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UK Cochrane Centre, UK
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Cardiff University, UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
Cochrane review authors
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Type of workshop
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Abstract text
The aim of this workshop is to provide Cochrane review authors, with little previous experience of searching, guidance on searching for studies for inclusion in a Cochrane review. Questions to be considered will include:
1. Where to search for studies?
2. How to search efficiently?
3. What to do with the results?

This session is primarily aimed at Cochrane review authors, with little previous experience of searching, 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”. 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
• Organising and managing the search results
• Documenting and reporting the search process

The facilitators for this workshop are all members of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group. 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.