Searching: Designing

There are lots of resources available to help you when designing searches.

Identifying trials

We have put together a list of resources to use for identifying trials.

CENTRAL

CENTRAL creation details - CENTRAL is comprised of records retrieved from PubMed/MEDLINE, Embase, ClinicalTrials.gov, KoreaMed, all Review Groups' Specialized Registers and records identified by handsearching various biomedical sources. This page on the Cochrane Library describes the process.

Search filters

For both Cochrane and non-Cochrane search filters for different databases, see search filters.

Methods groups

Peer Review

PRESSforum provides a platform for medical librarians and Cochrane TSCs to obtain peer review of Cochrane systematic review search strategies.  It is intended for evidence-based peer review based on research into the aspects of an electronic search that are most important to achieving excellent recall with acceptable precision.

Cochrane handbook

The Cochrane Handbook (Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions: Chapter 6) provides guidance to authors for the preparation of Cochrane intervention systematic reviews including Cochrane Overviews of reviews.

CIS handbook

The CIS Handbook (various chapters)  contains links throughout to resources to help design searches, including specialised registers, the Cochrane Register of Studies and handsearching.

MECIR

MECIR (Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews)