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Health information free to all

By Sharon Gray

If you are interested in researching or learning about health issues, the highest quality, independent evidence available is now acessible to all Canadians on a trial basis. In Newfoundland and Labrador, local help is available through the Health Sciences Library of Memorial University and the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries.

The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre and the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada have joined together to sponsor a trial project to make the Cochrane Library available for free on the Internet to all Canadians until the end of 2009.

“The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform health-care decision-making,” said George Beckett, associate librarian, Health Sciences Library. “It is a highly valued source of evidence-based information used by doctors and hospital administrators throughout the world. Thanks to this trial project the general public in Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador can access the Cochrane Library as well.”

Free access to the Cochrane Library is available online. A user guide is available on the website. Additional help with using the Cochrane Library can be found on the Cochrane Centre site, For local help with the Cochrane Library you can contact the Health Sciences Library of Memorial University of Newfoundland at