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 collaborate with a librarian or information specialist to design a search, choose sources for identifying published and unpublished studies and to manage and report the process.

Duration 90 minutes


What you can expect to learn (learning outcomes)

This module will show you how to collaborate with an Information Specialist to:

  • Identify the key sources to search when conducting a Cochrane Intervention 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 Lead Convenor, Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group.

Dario Sambunjak, Miranda Cumpston and Chris Watts, Cochrane Central Executive Team.

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 training.cochrane.org/interactivelearning/module-3-searching-studies.


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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