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Systematic Reviews, Meta Synthesis or Meta Analysis - Free Access


  • The Cochrane Collaboration / The Cochrane Library Cochrane Summaries

    • ​Though most other Cochrane full-text is only available to subscribers, visitors are able to browse summaries from over 5,000 reviews.  Cochrane Summaries is in beta mode -- so be aware that access can be altered.

    • According to their website, "Each Cochrane summary page displays the full plain language summary and provides links to the abstract, the full review on to other reviews by the same review group and to podcasts, journal clubs, PEARLS and news items where these are available." 

  • The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) - Best Practice Information Sheets

    • ​Though most other JBI full-text is only available to subscribers, Best Practice Information Sheets are available for free 6 moths after publication.

    • To access, click on the link to JBI COnNECT+ at the top right-hand side of the page.

    • According to their website, "Best Practice Information Sheets (or guidelines) are produced specifically for practising health professionals and are based on the best available research evidence as reported in systematic reviews."

  • The University of York - Center for Reviews and Dissemination - 

    • Limited Full-text

    • ​According to their website, "CRD is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is a department of the University of York.  We provide research-based information about the effects of health and social care interventions via our databases and undertake systematic reviews evaluating the research evidence on health and public health questions of national and international importance."

  • PubMed Central - Clinical Queries 

    • Limited Full-text

    • ​According to their website, "Displays citations fro systematic reviews, meta-analysis, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, and guidelines."

  • Turning Research Into Practice Database (TRIP) -

    • Limited Full-text

    • Try using the Search Wizard to break up your PICO question into a search strategy.

    • According to their website, "The TRIP Database is a clinical search engine designed to allow clinicians to quickly find answers to their clinical questions using the beset available evidence."

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