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    4.5 How can I get help with a scope search strategy?

    Contact your Cochrane Information Specialist Support Team and other colleagues for assistance and advice. You could also consider joining the PRESSforum, where CISs and information specialists can have their search strategies peer reviewed. Remember it’s ...
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    5.1 Who does handsearching?

    Individual Cochrane Information Specialists may carry out handsearching, while other CISs may be responsible for training and coordinating volunteers to do this. Handsearching varies from entity to entity so check with your Group (ME, Co-Ed) to see if you ...
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    5.2 Where and what to search

    Groups may have a number of sources that they regularly handsearch. To minimise duplication of effort, there is a list of journals that have already been handsearched, which includes dates of search and whether the search has been completed. This is avail ...
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    5.3 What to do with results of handsearching

    Handsearch results that are relevant to the scope of your Group, should be entered in your Register and added to CENTRAL if they meet the inclusion criteria.  The formatting of the fields within your register is important, and Information Specialists shou ...
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    6.1 The aim of a search and basic searching principles

    The aim of a search is to identify as many relevant studies as possible and to be as extensive as possible. For more information, see  the Cochrane Handbook, Chapter 6.4.4: Sensitivity versus precision. It is useful to see the Title Registration Form for ...
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    6.3 Diagnostic Test Accuracy review searching

    Authors of Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) reviews should be strongly encouraged to leave the management of DTA review searching to the Group’s Information Specialist. For detailed information about the design and structure of search strategies an ...
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    6.5 Documenting the search process and reporting the search results

    For more information, see  the Cochrane Handbook, Chapter 6.6: Documenting and reporting the search process. Searches should be reported in enough detail so that they could be reproduced by someone else if necessary. It is often the responsibility of the ...
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    Learning and Support Advisory Committee

    The Learning and Support Advisory Committee (LSAC) provides high-level, strategic advice to support the direction, planning and evaluation of activities associated with implementing the Cochrane Training and Professional Development Strategy. In addition, ...
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    10.2 Projects, groups and other opportunities

    The Information Specialists' Portal is a great source of information on professional development. The Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group (IRMG) has a remit remit to provide advice and support, to conduct research and to facilitate informati ...
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    10.1 Online training

    The Cochrane Library has various training resources. See the Cochrane Library's help pages: 'How to use the Cochrane Library '. The US National Library of Medicine provides PubMed tutorials available here. OVID provides tutorials and demons ...