This set of training materials about searching for studies can be used in your workshops and adapted to your needs.
A systematic review requires a systematic search of the literature. This presentation introduces the role of the Trial Search Coordinator, and describes the principles of a comprehensive and rigorous search. It also describes sources to search and how to build a search strategy. The presentation can be downloaded as a PowerPoint presentation for your own training purposes.
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Three exercise handouts are available. The first one is a guided tour through building a search in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL). It is designed to be completed alone or in pairs, and uses a real world example search of ‘Caffeine for daytime drowsiness’. The second handout is a list of databases and sources to consider for searching. The third handout allows participants to consider search terms for their review based on the PICO structure.
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- Recognise the role of the Trial Search Coordinator in supporting planning and conducting of searches
- Explain the purpose of a rigorous search process in conducting Cochrane Reviews
- Identify sources to search for research studies, including key bibliographic databases and grey literature
- Construct a search strategy, including the use of PICO tool and Boolean operators
- Locate the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
- Perform a search using the regular and advanced functionality of CENTRAL
- Devise search terms and synonyms using the PICO structure
- Prepare a training session on searching for studies
Zusammengestellt von Miranda Cumpston und Carol Lefebvre
Basierend auf Materialien des UK Cochrane Zentrums, Australasian Cochrane Zentrums, derr Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Gruppe, Canadian Cochrane Zentrums und Dutch Cochrane Zentrums Englische Version freigegeben vom Cochrane Methods Board
Übersetzt in Kooperation zwischen dem Deutschen Cochrane Zentrum (Jörg Meerpohl, Laura Cabrera, Patrick Oeller), der Österreichischen Cochrane Zweigstelle (Barbara Nußbaumer, Peter Mahlknecht, Isolde Sommer, Jörg Wipplinger) und Cochrane Schweiz (Erik von Elm, Theresa Bengough)