Spotlight on: Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library is a suite of databases that offer health care professionals and researchers a variety of systematic reviews and other synthesized research to inform evidence-based decisions and learning.

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is both a leading database and monthly journal (7.89 Impact Factor) containing systematic reviews and their protocols, editorials, and supplements such as conference abstracts and the annual newsletter.
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) contains bibliographic records and abstracts of trials from major databases like PubMed, Embase, CINAHL,, KoreaMed, and WHO’s ICTRP, as well trials manually added by Cochrane Review Groups.
  • Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCA) enables searching of health care questions with answers supported by evidence summaries and conclusions based on CDSR. All answers are based on a single Cochrane Review, and provide detail about the population, intervention(s), comparison(s), and outcomes.

Cochrane Library provides basic search functions, advanced search, and the capability to search each database separately. You can also utilize MeSH to help construct a more precise search. Review the SAGE training materials page for additional search tips.

Access to Cochrane Library is provided by the Eugene McDermott Library. To navigate to this resource, visit the McDermott Library homepage, find the Database tab, and click the letter C.


Page Last Updated: January 13, 2021