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    4.1 Designing a scope or generic search

    Many CISs design, run, check and evaluate scope search strategies (sometimes called generic search strategies), which are very broad and are designed to capture all trial reports within the Group’s scope. If a Group's generic searches need to be desi ...
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    4.2 What databases are scope searches run in?

    The extent of scope searches depends on the sources you have access to and the topic you are searching for. Generally scope searches are run in CENTRAL and MEDLINE as a minimum. They can also be run in Embase, but read the  information on RCTs and CCTs be ...
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    4.3 How often should scope searches be run?

    This will depend on the time you have available, the way your work is organised, and the pace of research in your group’s area. It is advisable to run searches in CENTRAL every month to capture new records. For MEDLINE or other databases, automated alerts ...
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    4.4 What do I do with the results of SR searches?

    As scope searches are very broad, CISs should screen the results and exclude any records that are not within the scope of their group, or are not the correct study design. Once records have been screened, they can be added to your register. How you add th ...
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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 4.4.3 Sensitivity versus precision It is useful to see the Title Registration Form for a ne ...
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    6.2 Intervention reviews

    6.2.1 What and where to search The MECIR guidance on the conduct of new Cochrane intervention reviews states in the section Searching for studies (C24-38)  that it is mandatory to search the Cochrane Review Group’s specialised register. CENTRAL and MEDLIN ...