The Cochrane Library and ERMED

The Cochrane Library and ERMED

1. The Cochrane Library has six databases. Many tend to think that the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the Cochrane Library are the same. In addition to Systmatic Reviews, the Library has five other databases – DARE – which has abstracts of “Other systematic reviews”, CENTRAL – the database of clinical trials, COCHRANE METHODOLOGY REGISTER – the database of “Methods Studies”, HTAD – for Technnology Assessments, and the NHSEED – for Economic Evaluations. Each of them is a resource for Evidence of different levels.

2. ERMED – an initiative by the National Medical Library – New Delhi. ERMED – an acronym for “Electronic Resources in Medicine” is a consortium where around 300 medical journals are made available online to members of the consortium. In addition, the National Medical Library has approximately 1400 journals; articles from these may be requested for. The initiative is about two years old. Currently around 70 institutions are members and it would be really good to see this grow and reach out to all institutions and health professionals in the country. More details at

Appeared in Volume 2 Issue 12 of QMed Connect

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