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Entering search terms:
AND: Finds both terms e.g. nausea AND pregnancy
OR: Finds either or both terms e.g. kidney OR renal
NOT: Finds the first term but not the other e.g. breast cancer NOT female
NEAR: Acts like AND, but the words must be within 6 words of each other e.g. cancer NEAR liver
Child*: Finds child, children, childhood, etc
*natal: Finds prenatal, antenatal, postnatal, etc.
Quotation marks: Finds phrases e.g. “acute pain” ; (AND is the default)
Plurals: Are found automatically, e.g. hand finds hand or hands
British/American spellings: Some are found automatically, e.g. tumour finds tumour or tumor. Or, use an asterisk e.g. tumo*r
More Search Tips are located in the right sidebar on the Advanced, Mesh Search and Search History Pages
On September 15, 2012 Wiley updated the Cochrane interface to add features:
The searching videos on this page will be updated within the next few weeks to reflect these changes. In the meantime, the handouts below explain these improvements.
This tutorial (5:09) will demonstrate doing a simple search, using Advanced Search to combine concepts, saving searches, and creating autoalerts.
This tutorial (5:49) will demonstrate searching Cochrane using Medical Subject headings(MeSH), combining separate searches with Search History, and saving search histories.