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Pubh 210: Health Promotion in Diverse Communities

About Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library is a collection of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, sources that summarize and interpret the results of existing research. Ever curious why one study will tell you good news about coffee while another tells you bad news? Likely because the studies were done differently. Cochrane Review articles look at all research in a subject area and make a final conclusion based off of summary of the research and the quality of each study.

Cochrane Library is an open web resource, but articles can be requested through interlibrary loan.

For an in-depth tutorial of using CINAHL, consult the following lessons

Browse first, then search!

Screenshot of the Cochrane Library pointing to the Browse buttonCochrane Library has a much smaller collection of articles compared to many of databases, and sometimes it is easiest just to browse topics to find the best reviews available.

To browse in Cochrane:

  • Find the Browse button in the upper right hand corner
  • Select your topic
  • Results will come up, to narrow further select subtopics on the left hand column.

Requesting Cochrane Review articles

While some articles are free in Cochrane Library, many are not. However, you can obtain articles in Cochrane Library through interlibrary loan.

To request an article, first check the library catalog to see if we have it. If we don't (or the current article), you can request it from within the catalog if it is there.

If it is not there, you can request it by going directly to the interlibrary loan page and make a request. At the library website select Services, then Interlibrary Loan. Articles usually come within 2 to 3 days.