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The Cochrane Library is the place to go for systematic reviews. The reviewers are thorough and exhaustive in their searches, finding both published and unpublished studies. Their analysis is detailed and presents the latest in the current research on a particular topic. The Cochrance Library deals almost exclusively with issues of therapy. They have begun to analyze research related to screening and so far have worked with the major cancers.
The Cochrance Library is available to licensed users only. To use the link below you must have a SUNY Downstate ID card.
How to Search
Enter your search terms in the search box under "SEARCH IN THIS TITLE" and click on the blue button labeled "Go". You can choose to search by keyword (all text), title, or author using the pull-down menu beneath the search box. You can also search using MeSH term by clicking on the link for "MeSH Search".
Select the review you want to read by clicking on its title. The first item to display is the abstract. Select other sections of the record using the navigation bar on the left of the screen.
How to Read an Entry
Each entry in the Cochrane Library begins with an abstract which summarizes the data. The background statement is a brief sentence that summarizes what the research has to say on a particular intervention. The Search Strategy, Selection Criteria, and Data Collection and Analysis sections tell how the evidence was located, collected, and summarized. The Main Results are presented in statistical form with appropriate confidence intervals. Finally, the specialist who wrote up the review presents the conclusions to be drawn from the research.
Each section is explored in greater depth in the full text of the review.
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