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CENTRAL includes details of published trials taken from bibliographic databases (notably MEDLINE and EMBASE), and other published and unpublished sources identified through the work of the Cochrane Collaboration. Meeting abstracts are included.
CENTRAL includes the title of the article, information on where it was published and, in many cases, the abstract.
CENTRAL does NOT include full text articles in the database.
Here are several ways to get to the full text of articles. If one method doesn't lead to the full text, don't give up. Try a different way.
If you are using EndNote X2 or newer to manage citations, you can use EndNote to find many full text articles. Instructions
This tutorial (4:16) shows examples of a CENTRAL search and result set for clinical trials on COPD. It also provides tips to finding full text for relevant citations.