How to use The Cochrane Library

Use these resources to help you better navigate and benefit from The Cochrane Library content and features. Please bear with us as we update the materials to include the new search features. For an up to date guide to searching please visit the Search Page.

The Cochrane Library Reference Guide

The Reference Guide provides easy step-by-step guidance to using The Cochrane Library as well as a detailed overview of available features and functionality. 

View or download the Reference Guide (PDF) in English (updated April 2013). Additional languages will be posted within the next few weeks.

Virtual Webinars

Live Online Workshops are available each month on how to make the most of The Cochrane Library. Sessions are conducted using WebEx, an online conferencing system that allows you to view live presentations from your desktop. All you need is an internet connection and access to a telephone. Training is offered completely free of charge and we will provide a toll free number to dial in.

Go to to view the current schedule.


Quick Lessons 

The following short videos introduce some of the basic methods of using The Cochrane Library 


Quick Lesson 1                                               Quick Lesson 2                                               Quick Lesson 3


Online self-paced tutorials

These online tutorials are designed to provide a quick and informative overview and demonstration of The Cochrane Library. The tutorials provide an introduction to The Cochrane Library, and how to search The Cochrane Library (including MeSH searching)


Part 1. The Cochrane Library – an introduction                                Part 2. The Cochrane Library – Searching and MESH

Part 1. The Cochrane Library – an introduction                                Part 2. The Cochrane Library – Search & MESH 


Database help

There is additional information available for the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; Clinical Trials) and the Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR; Methods Studies).

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