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Announcing launch of new and improved search functionality for The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Collaboration and Wiley are pleased to announce the imminent launch of new and improved search functionality for The Cochrane Library.
On September 15, Wiley will be introducing an improved search interface for The Cochrane Library. The new search features have been customized, developed and tested in consultation with members of the Cochrane Collaboration's Search Testing Group. There will be a phased implementation with some additional features being added in phase 2, shortly after the initial launch.
We are aware that there have been difficulties with The Cochrane Library search interface for some time, and we believe the new search functionality will deliver a better search experience all round. Users will see major changes to the layout of search pages and will soon be able to use new search features including:
  • Auto-suggest features within both basic and MeSH search functions
  • Updated display of search results and filtering options
  • Ability to view search terms and results on the same page
  • Ability to insert lines and add one search to one another
  • Improved MeSH look-up feature
  • Hover-over Tool Tips giving a brief explanation of the functions

All previously saved searches will be transferred onto the new search platform, with no action required on the part of users. During the migration period users will be able to search The Cochrane Library, view articles and run saved searches. However for successful migration of searches, users will be prevented from saving new searches or editing existing searches for 24 hours prior to the launch. This "embargo" period ensures no changes are lost during search migration. Further details about the embargo will be provided closer to launch.

More information is available online including a PowerPoint demonstration outlining the new features. While some things will initially be unfamiliar and there may be teething problems, we believe that the new interface will provide a better all-around service once it is fully rolled out. We are happy to receive feedback, and Wiley is planning webinars and online video training leading up to and following the launch to help users get the most out of the new features.

Frequently asked questions, search demonstrations and additional documentation will be posted on this site as they become available.

The launch is the first stage of a comprehensive program to enhance current search functionality and improve the search experience for all users of The Cochrane Library. Search also represents the first major initiative in a wider programme of development which will include a redesign of the article level display; the ability to publish reviews 'When Ready'; making the most of our content through better data linking; extending our global impact through translated content; and exploring new content types and derivative products such as Cochrane Clinical Answers.  We are also undertaking a separate project to optimize the presentation of dates in The Cochrane Library and to offer users more flexibility when searching by date/issue. We are hopeful that these changes will be incorporated in the phase 2 release of the new search project.

The new search project is a good example of joint working between the Collaboration and our publishers  - thanks to people from both sides forthe time and expertise that they have devoted to this project to achieve this launch.

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Updated on: August 22, 2012, 3:56