The first edition of the Cochrane User Guide was developed collaboratively by the National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) and the Australasian Cochrane Centre (ACC) to help clinicians, consumers and researchers make best use of the Cochrane Library. The guide was written by Steve McDonald while on secondment from the ACC in 2002. The second edition was prepared in 2004 and coincided with the release of a new version of the Cochrane Library published by John Wiley & Sons, the Library's new publishers.
In 2008, following the incorporation of NICS as an institute of the National Health and Medical Research Council, responsibility for maintaining and hosting the guide transferred to the Australasian Cochrane Centre. Until that time the Cochrane User Guide remained one of the most consistently popular tools on the former NICS website.
The third edition of the guide was published in June 2008 to reflect the changes to the interface during 2006-07 and was renamed the 'ACC Guide to the Cochrane Library'. Support for maintaining the guide is provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
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The ACC Guide is intended to assist users familiarise themselves with the Cochrane Library and use its databases more effectively and is not intended to be a comprehensive index of all features of the Cochrane Library. For further information or queries about the Library users should visit the Cochrane Library website.
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