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NURS 415 Evidence-Based Nursing Guide

Evidence-Based Research

Evidence-Based Research Tips

The databases you will be using are not like Google. Break your question up into smaller keywords and use the Advanced Search function when possible to combine your keywords in your search.

Use "evidence-based" as one of the keywords to search for articles that have "evidence-based" in the abstract. This will usually indicate that the article is about an evidence-based practice topic.

Brainstorm keywords before you begin searching, and as you search. Your search strategies may change as you get to know the database and the terms and subject headings it uses for specific topics.

Evidence-Based Websites

MedLine PlusThe following databases are free to search but may require a subscription to view the full-text articles. You may be able to view short articles and some fact sheets.

Academic Center for Evidence-Based Nursing

Agency for Health Care Research and Safety

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews [CDSR]

Evidence-Based Nursing Journal

Centers for Evidence-Based Nursing

National Guideline Clearinghouse

PubMed - Use the MESH database to build your search using controlled vocabulary.

Quality and Safety for Nurses

MedLine Plus