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Resource spotlight: Cochrane Library

By Alison Bobal

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. The Cochrane Library interface allows you to search across all of its databases.

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (updated monthly) is the leading resource for peer-reviewed systematic reviews in health care. It is valuable for finding information on the effectiveness of health care interventions and offers high-quality evidence on which to base clinical decisions.

The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials is the largest database within the Cochrane Library and is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials. This database is updated monthly.

The Cochrane Methodology Register is a bibliography of publications that report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books, and conference proceedings, and the content is sourced from MEDLINE and hand searches. This monthly updated database contains studies of methods used in reviews and more general methodological studies that could be relevant to anyone preparing systematic reviews.

The Health Technology Assessment Database brings together details of completed and ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical, and economic implications of healthcare interventions) from around the world and it updated monthly. The aim of the database is to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.

The NHS Economic Evaluation Database assists decision-makers by systematically identifying economic evaluations from around the world, appraising their quality, and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses. This database is not currently being updated.

Who in the library … faculty & staff profiles

Ben Simon
Library Assistant II
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Tell us about your job in the library.

As a library assistant, my primary role is to man the circulation side of the desk. This includes helping patrons with all the basic library interactions; checking out, study rooms, finding books, library policy questions, and the occasional reference question. But lately, much of my time has been devoted to stacks maintenance. For this I’ve been taking inventory of every item in the library, weeding out those that are old and damaged, shelf-reading, and marking down the items that are missing. A full inventory hasn’t been taken in many years, I’ve been told, so it’s a task that’s long overdue.

In addition to this project, I recently labeled all of the bookshelves and finished writing a new circulation training manual for new employees, with the help of Alissa.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

I’ll be available a lot for the next week, because I’m covering Evelyn’s vacation. So any time after 12:30 works for me.

What do you like about working in the library?

I love being a caretaker of knowledge, so-to-speak. While my first passion is fiction, I do have a huge appreciation for science. So being able to lead doctors and medical students to a vast database of scientific information is a great privilege for me. I also enjoy the quiet, academic atmosphere of libraries like this.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Like I said, my first love is fiction—and specifically fiction writing. I have a masters in writing and I’m currently trying to publish a few novels. I also write full time for a news website called the Inquisitr. And outside of that, I’m an amateur musician and a cat lover. But my most unusual hobby is creating/coding original digital pinball tables.

Search tip: Find education-related research in Scopus

By Teri Hartman

Scopus is “the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.” Scopus has 692 education journals included in its broad database, making it a useful resource to use when you are seeking research on education-related topics.

  1. Access Scopus through the direct link on the McGoogan Library website, located in the Literature Databases section on the right-hand side of .
  2. Create your personal account, if you haven’t already registered. Your personal account will enable you to save your searches and create topic alerts.
  3. Type your search in the Document Search box. Sample search conducted for this lesson: “educational technology” assessment
  4. Drill down to the information you seek by using the Refine functions on the left side of the results screen. You can select year of publication, author names, subject area, document type, keywords to include, source type, and language of publication. The sample search was refined with: 2013-2015 years selected, and keyword: medical education.

Additional help is available when searching this information resource. The McGoogan Library Education & Research Services librarians have created a guide for your reference when searching Scopus. You can also refer to the search instructions given at the Scopus Help site: For personal assistance, you can email, and an Education & Research Services librarian will meet with you in-person, via phone or online technology to assist you with searching.