Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is made up of six databases containing high-quality, independent evidence to assist people in making informed decisions. A further databank offers information about the various Cochrane groups. 


A complete overview of the contents of the Cochrane Library can be found  here.

Two important databases are:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR): Cochrane Reviews are published as full text in this database. The scientific abstracts (summaries) and plain-language text are available through Furthermore, a large percentage of the reviews are available as open-access documents.
  • Cochrane Central Reviews of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL): in this bibliographical database, one can find references to registered randomized and quasi-randomized studies.


Research in the Cochrane Library is accessible through Access to abstracts (except Cochrane Reviews) and non-open access full texts require a license. More information about access in German-speaking regions can be found on the  information page on the Cochrane Germany website.

Some plain-language summaries of Cochrane Reviews in German are also available at no cost through Cochrane Kompakt.