Dr Anne Littlewood PhD, MPhil, MA, BA (Hons)

Information Specialist

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As information specialist at Cochrane Oral Health, my main duties are as follows:

  • To act as an expert information specialist in the field of oral health, advising an international Cochrane Editorial Team (and external bodies where appropriate) on searching techniques and technologies
  • To provide expert guidance on key processes to ensure the high quality of Cochrane reviews, which feed into international guidelines and clinical practice
  • To design, update and execute complex specialist search strategies for a range of medical databases to be used in systematic reviews and other projects
  • To manage the Group’s Specialised Clinical Trials Register, including identifying and searching clinical trials literature sources, ensuring that Cochrane quality standards for publication are high.
  • To manage the work of administrative staff, and supervise their day-to-day activity on the Specialised Register.
  • To train and mentor others in searching for clinical trials information, including contributing to the literature and conducting workshops.
  • To apply expert knowledge to add metadata to Cochrane reviews, contributing to controlled vocabularies
  • To manage communications strategy, leading the development and implementation of knowledge exchange strategies to support and promote the research collaboration’s mission.


  • 2022 - PhD Public Health (Dentistry)
  • 2010 - MPhil Information Studies
  • 2001 - MA Information Management
  • 1998 - BA (Hons) Combined Studies

External positions

Co-convenor, Cochrane Information Specialists' Executive, Cochrane Collaboration

1 Oct 2019 → …

Cochrane Information Specialist Support Team, Cochrane Collaboration

5 Jan 201530 Apr 2019

Cochrane Register of Studies User Support Team, Cochrane Collaboration

1 Dec 20121 Jan 2015

Areas of expertise

Education / academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Philosophy

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