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 In this module you will learn how to plan and design a search, choose sources for identifying published and unpublished studies, and how to manage and report the process.
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 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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