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As of 2019, the entire PEI community can use Cochrane for free, as long as you connect using a device with an IP address that "geolocates" within the 4 Atlantic provinces, see further explanation below.
What is The Cochrane Library?
The Cochrane Library EAL (Enhanced Access License) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It is owned by Cochrane and published by John Wiley & Sons.
The key user groups of the Cochrane Library – those that use the content to inform healthcare decisions – are clinicians and healthcare workers, researchers (including information specialists and guideline developers), students, consumers (including patients and carers), and policy-makers.
The Library includes the following:
Editorials aim to stimulate discussion and ideas around the development of evidence synthesis to promote good decision-making in clinical care and health policy. The Editor in Chief may commission editorials linked to Cochrane Reviews of interest or on topics likely to be of interest to a broad readership.
Who Has Access and How Does it Work?
All residents of the four Atlantic provinces have access. If they are coming in from an Atlantic region IP, they get direct access (https://www.cochranelibrary.
Of note, many ISPs who service the Atlantic Region (Bell, Rogers, Telus, Koodoo, etc.) randomly assign their Atlantic Region customers IPs from Quebec, so on some days when you access the Internet at home, you may have an IP from one of the Atlantic provinces and you’ll have no problem accessing The Cochrane Library fulltext content, and one other days The Cochrane Library may say that you need to login to get to the fulltext content. This is likely because your ISP has assigned you an IP from Quebec that day. So, to access Cochrane, you’ll need to authenticate. Unfortunately, there is no way to control what IP you get on any particular day from your ISP. I plan to contact ISPs in the region to discuss this practice and the implications for these regional access deals; although I’m not sure if they will change their current practice.
A way to check what IP you’ve been assigned that day, and to what geographic area it resolves, you can go to an IP geolocation resolver to check. The one most akin to what Wiley will resolve the address to is https://www.iplocation.net/
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