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Issue 01 | July 2015

Welcome to the first in a series of short digests, highlighting information and resources for Cochrane TSCs.We hope you will find these updates valuable!
Training opportunities
It can be difficult to get to face-to-face training sessions, or to find the training you need when you want it.  However, online database providers offer a variety of remote opportunities you can take advantage of, many free of charge. 


Tutorials provided by the US National Library of Medicine are available here.  There are brief animated tutorials, webcasts, handouts, and a longer tutorial to read onscreen.


If you have access to databases like MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO or AMED via OVID, there are many online training opportunities.  Live and pre-recorded sessions are available, along with demonstration videos (Brainsharks) on a variety of databases.  You can register for a live session.  Tutorials and short demos are available at Some sessions and materials are available in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese.

Don’t forget the OVID database guides which introduce the content and list the searchable fields for the databases, including MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO and AMED.

The Cochrane Library

There is a search guide for the Cochrane Library. The Cochrane Library Reference Guide (2013) is available here.  There is also a guide to search error messagesLive Online Workshops are available each month conducted via WebEx.  Two tutorials provide an introduction to the Cochrane Library and how to search the Cochrane Library (including MeSH searching). These are due to be updated, but the information they contain is still accurate, across both old and new websites. 
Part 1. Cochrane Library – an introduction
Part 2. Cochrane Library – Search & MESH
Specific information about CENTRAL is available here, and on the Cochrane Methodology Register here.
Contact us...
Contact the TSC Support Team for help with any TSC related issue (including CRS technical support):
If you have any topics you'd like us to cover in future digests, do email us and let us know!
The TSC Support Team:
Liz Doney I Sam Faulkner I Ruth Foxlee
Anne Littlewood I Doug Salzwedel
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