Interactive Learning

Module 3: Searching for studies

About this module

Part of the Cochrane Interactive Learning course on Conducting an Intervention Review, this module covers the importance of a rigorous and systematic approach to searching for studies. In this module you will learn how to plan and design a search, choose sources for identifying published and unpublished studies, and how to manage and report the process.

Duration 90 minutes

What you can expect to learn (learning outcomes)

This module will teach you to:

  • Understand how Information Specialists can help you identify studies for inclusion in your review
  • Identify the key sources to search when conducting a Cochrane Review
  • Suggest concepts and terms to be used in a search strategy
  • Identify the elements of the search process that need to be documented and reported

Authors, contributors, and how to cite this module

Module 3 has been written and compiled by:

Carol Lefebvre, Independent Information Consultant, Lefebvre Associates Ltd and Co-Convenor, Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group.

Dario Sambunjak, Miranda Cumpston and Chris Watts from Cochrane's Learning and Support Department.

A full list of acknowledgements, including our expert advisors from across Cochrane, is available at the end of each module page.

This module should be cited as: Lefebvre C, Sambunjak D, Cumpston M, Watts C. Module 3: Searching for studies. In: Cochrane Interactive Learning: Conducting an intervention review. Cochrane, 2017. Available from

Staying up to date

This module was last updated in December 2019. The next planned review date is Quarter 4, 2020.

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