Resources for handsearchers

If you are interested in handsearching a journal or conference proceeding for Cochrane Incontinence, please contact our Information Specialist, Sheila Wallace (

Getting involved as a handsearcher: Handsearching involves the laborious task of searching through medical journals for accounts of controlled trials which are not yet indexed in the major electronic databases like MEDLINE and Embase. Less than a third of the world's medical journals are routinely indexed in the major electronic databases. Most Review GroupsFields, and Centres are seeking volunteer handsearchers and will provide the necessary training and support. Handsearching of journals is coordinated by the US Cochrane Center.