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_KINS5508: Exercise Prescription for Individuals with Chronic Diseases and Health Conditions — Learn to Search Cochrane

Library research guide for students in KINS 5508.

What Will You Learn on This Page?

Once you've engaged with all the content on this page, you should:

What is Cochrane?

The Cochrane Library is a collection of multiple databases. Their focus is on supporting high-quality, evidence-based care. The specific Cochrane database you'll be searching is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, a collection of peer-reviewed systematic reviews by Cochrane Review Groups.

Translating Your PubMed Search into Cochrane

How Does Cochrane Search?

Because Cochrane is a much smaller database, you may not use as many elements of your research question in your search. Consider starting with just two main ideas at most as you create your search strategy.

Cochrane allows you to search using keywords and using MeSH. Unlike PubMed, which allows you to construct your entire search as one long query using search tags, Cochrane requires you to build searches line by line.

Some other ways that Cochrane differs from PubMed:

Field searching

Cochrane's default search, Title Abstract Keyword, searches the MeSH terms as well, so you may see more overlap between your search results (a smaller difference in final numbers) than in PubMed.

Phrase searching

Phrases must be enclosed in quotations, but words inside quotation marks can't be truncated. The workaround is to use NEXT to require words to be found in order and directly beside one another.

For example:

PubMed: "mobile tech*" vs. Cochrane: (mobile NEXT tech*)


The asterisk * stands in for 1 or more characters at the beginning, end (after at least 3 letters), or within a word.

The question mark ? can be used as a wildcard to replace 0 or 1 character. That allows you to use wom?n to find woman or women.

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