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REF NO.: 200

SUBJECT: Cochrane Library of Health Evidence information available free to all Canadians on trial basis

DATE: July 3

If you are interested in researching or learning about health issues, the highest quality independent evidence is now available to all Canadians on a trial basis. In Newfoundland and Labrador, local help is available through the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries and the Health Sciences Library of Memorial University.
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 at  A user guide is available on the website and
more help with using the Cochrane Library can be found on the Canadian Cochrane Centre site at For local help with the Cochrane Library you can contact branches of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries at or the Health Sciences Library of Memorial University of Newfoundland

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For more information about the pilot project please contact, George Beckett, Health Sciences Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland, at (709) 777-6670, or Jewel Cousens, Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries, at (709) 737-3807 or


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