The Cochrane Library includes several databases containing high-level evidence such as systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials.
It can be searched without a password, and the Cochrane Systematic Reviews are available in full-text.
The main databases are:
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the leading resource for systematic reviews and meta-analyses in health care. This includes completed reviews and protocols prepared by Cochrane Review Groups.
- Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), a source of randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials. There is no full-text available in CENTRAL, so to check if full-text is available we suggest copying and pasting the title into the Article tab on OmniSearch, and running a search to check for full-text (or request a copy).
- Cochrane Clinical Answers provide easily digestible, clinically focused entry points to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point-of-care decision making.
Other resources for finding systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials
Further resources for searching can be found in our Knowledge Navigator.