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Evidence Based Practice

This guide will give students a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice.

Evidence Based Medicine/Practice Databases for Searching Filtered Information

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Full-text systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare by The Cochrane Collaboration

National Guideline Clearinghouse

National Guideline Clearinghouse is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. In addition to searching or browsing for guidelines, results can be displayed in tabular format to allow for comparison. A comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents produced by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans. Updated weekly.
Note: Guideline evidence varies from expert opinion to high levels of evidence.

Systematic Reviews are also searchable in PubMed:

Click on “Clinical Queries” under PubMed Tools in the center of the screen; Enter your search query; Systematic Reviews will be dispalyed in the center column.

TRIP Database: Turning Research Into Practice

Allows users to identify evidence-based medical literature for a wide variety of sources.


Additional Databases for Nursing Literature Reviews

Unfiltered Resources

Evidence is not always available via filtered resources. Searching the primary literature may be required. It is possible to use specific search strategies in MEDLINE and other databases to achieve the highest possible level of evidence.


PubMed is more than 20 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Citations may include links to full-text articles from PubMed Central or publisher web sites.


Evidence Based Medicine/Practice Tutorials

The concept of evidence based practice (EBM) means integrating clinical expertise with the best available scientific clinical evidence with patient preferences.


Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine

From Duke University Medical Center Library and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library.

SUNY Health Sciences Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorial



A Review by Any Other Name

Literature reviews can range from quick and dirty to detailed and thorough.  When searching for the evidence or working under the title of 'evidence based' it's best to be as detailed and thorough as possible.

This means

  • documenting your work - where & how you searched;
  • searching multiple databases;
  • using multiple terms for each of your PICO concepts;
  • using AND/OR (Boolean logic)- correctly of course!
  • asking a librarian either for assistance or to perform the literature search for you