Searching for studies for inclusion in Cochrane reviews

Topic category Searching and information retrieval
Date and Location
Tuesday 2 October 2012 - 13:30 - 15:00
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
Information Retrieval Methods Group
Contact persons and facilitators
Contact person Affiliation Country
Carol Lefebvre (Contact this person) Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group United Kingdom
Facilitator Affiliation Country
Bernadette Coles Cardiff University United Kingdom
Carol Lefebvre Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group United Kingdom
Alison Weightman Support Unit for Research Evidence (SURE), Cardiff University United Kingdom
Target audience
Target audience: 
Cochrane review authors
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Level of knowledge required: 
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Abstract text
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:
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 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:
1. Developing a search strategy using PICO - sensitivity versus precision, Boolean operators and controlled vocabulary.
2. Going beyond MEDLINE - identification and comparison of resources.
3. Organizing and managing the search results.
4. 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.