Instructions for constructing searches
As the Cochrane COVID-19 Study Register is "study-based," search results contain individual study records with one or more reference. For more details about the register's design, please see our About page.
For a simple search
To construct a simple search in Cochrane's COVID-19 Study Register, enter your terms in the search box and select enter/return.
Results appear below. Select the "x" next to your search terms to clear your results and begin a new search.
Select filters for study designs or PICOs from the left hand menu. Filters will be added to your search query.
To export results, select your references and then the option "Export" from the bottom of the search results page.
Export options are RIS (for citation managers - e.g. EndNote, RefWorks) or CSV (for spreadsheet programs - e.g. Excel, Numbers).
Note: RIS files download in RIS format as a text file (.txt.) so the may be opened and viewed in text editors. Import this .txt. file into citation managers just as you would for an .ris. file (i.e. using standard RIS import filters).
For more advanced searches
To search within results, enter a second term to the search box and select enter/return. Select the "x" next to your search terms to remove from your query.
Search with AND to include all of your terms
ventilation AND pneumonia
Search with OR to include any of your terms
ventilation OR CPAP
Search with NOT to exclude terms
ventilation NOT mechanical
Note: Boolean operators are not case sensitive (use either upper or lower case)
Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases
"acute respiratory distress syndrome"
Use * to search for alternate endings of terms
prevent* (retrieves prevent, prevents, prevention, etc.)
To build a complex query, combine terms with OR in a single search. Add another search to combine with AND (as below).
Note: nesting terms (brackets) is not supported.
Note: for refining search results using filters, references with contradictory study design information are classified as "unclear."
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