Cochrane Interactive Learning




Systematic Reviews, Evidence Synthesis, Self-Directed Learning, Resource Review


Cochrane Interactive Learning (CIL) is a modular, self-directed, educational tool for researchers performing systematic reviews. Systematic reviews present unbiased, transparent, and reproducible syntheses of all research pertaining to a well-formulated question and are a critical tool to inform clinical practice and decision-making. Researchers must adhere to a rigorous set of standards when performing systematic reviews, and robust training is required to learn the complex requirements of the methodology. CIL provides an accessible, well-designed, step-by-step guide for navigating the systematic review process. This resource review outlines the major features of CIL and discusses the usability and accessibility of this learning tool for both researchers and librarians.

Author Biography

Kate Ghezzi-Kopel, Cornell University

Health Sciences & Evidence Synthesis Librarian, Albert R. Mann Library


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Cochrane Interactive Learning. About [Internet]. Cochrane Interactive Learning [cited 1 Jun 2018]. <>.

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Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA). PRISMA flow diagram [Internet]. PRISMA [cited 20 Jun 2018]. <>.

Coursera. Introduction to systematic review and meta-analysis [Internet]. Coursera [cited 1 Jun 2018]. <>.

Cornell University. WHO/Cochrane/Cornell University summer institute for systematic reviews in nutrition for global policy making [Internet]. The University [cited 1 Jun 2018]. <>.






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