Evidence Based Practice Tutorial
Created by medical librarians at Duke University and University of North Carolina, this tutorial provides a comprehensive introduction to evidence based practice. Many of the Evidence Based Practice Resources referred to in the tutorial can be accessed in the Summary of Primary Research and Database sections of this Research Guide.
Allow approximately 1 hour to complete the tutorial.
USF Research Videos
Watch instructional research videos created or selected specifically for USF. Find videos on:
Summaries of Primary Evidence
The following clinical reference tools and journals provide summaries of noteworthy primary research, and many provide an assessment of the quality and strength of the evidence and its relevance to clinical practice.
DynaMed is a clinical reference tool for use at the point-of-care designed to provide clinicians with the best available evidence to support clinical decision-making. Dynamed offers clinically-organized summaries for
more than 3,200 topics, and provides the latest content and
resources with validity, relevance and convenience. Mobile access for smart phones and tablets available.
Selects studies and reviews that report on important advances relevant to nursing and warrant immediate attention from those interested in evidence based nursing. Article are summarized by Evidence Based Nursing editorial staff and commented upon by experts.
Studies and reviews accompanied by best practice applications and recommendations for clinical practice, nursing administration, education, and public health.
ACP Journal Club identifies original studies and systematic reviews which warrant immediate attention from clinicians attempting to keep up with advances in practice. Articles are summarized by ACP Journal Club editorial staff and commented upon by clinical experts.
Use the following databases to find nursing and health sciences research articles.
PubMed consists of bibliographic information primarily drawn from MEDLINE. Those looking for research from the fields of medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine & dentistry should use PubMed. Find a PubMed tutorial here.
CINAHL consists of bibliographic information and full text articles specific to the fields of nursing and allied health. Those looking for nursing specific publications or publications authored by a nurse should use CINAHL Plus with Full Text.
The Cochrane Library consists of six databases, including The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (CENTRAL).
Click here to search all six databases at one time, or select an individual database to search.
PsycINFO contains bibliographic information and full text articles about psychology as well as the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as nursing, public health and medicine.
Find other health science databases and resource.
Evidence Based Nursing Tool-kit
These resources can help you become familiar with the principles and practice of evidence based nursing
Items from Gleeson Library
A series of 7 articles by Melnyk, Fineout-Overholt, Stillwell & Williamson providing step by step advice on practicing evidence based nursing.
An internet resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
A weekly updated, publicly available clearinghouse of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
Easily browsable evidence based practice reports on a variety of clinical topics, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
A membership based research organization that promotes and supports the synthesis, transfer and utilization of best evidence. Much of the information on the site is restricted to members, however the public can access consumer
information, Best Practice information sheets, technical reports,
systematic review protocols, selected articles and some other information.
Reading, Understanding and Analyzing Research
Select topics covered include:
- Determining what a paper is about
- Statistics for the non-statistician
- Understanding papers that report on drug trials, economic analysis, and diagnostic & screening tests
Nursing and Health Promotion Theory
Items from Gleeson Library. You can also search Ignacio
, the library's catalog, for a book on a specific theory.
Nursing theory on the web:
Other Helpful Tools
Use Refworks to organize your personal library of electronic files, share citations and format bibliographies.
Add citations to PubMed using the RefGrab-It Tool. For more information, read about how to capture web page data with RefGrab-It: http://0-www.refworks.com.ignacio.usfca.edu/refworks2/help/RefWorks2.htm
Citations from CINAHL Plus with Full Text can be added by clicking Export and then selecting "Direct Export to Refworks."
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