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Searching for Evidence Based Information: Introduction

The UC Denver Health Sciences Library's Searching for Evidence Based Information Tutorial is designed to provide a basic overview of the concepts important to searching for high quality information on which to base clinical decisions.

Getting Started

Don't have time to watch the tutorials?  Just need a quick resource designed to direct you to evidence in a variety of sources?

  • Trip Database is a one stop resource for filtering high quality evidence based research, including:
  • access full text links from the Health Sciences Library when logged into your account  (click settings to configure under "Your institutions", select University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Health Sciences Library in the list)
  • powerful search filtering tools (including a PICO search interface)
  • results from a variety of high quality producers of evidence based information (such as the Cochrane Collaboration),
  • quick analysis of data using the Rapid Review feature,
  • rollover preview of individual results,
  • login through Facebook or Twitter,
  • tracking and favorites options for logged in users
  • sharing results through Facebook or Twitter.

An informal and brief screencast by the creator demonstrates some of the new features. A "How to Use TRIP" screencast with more information is also available.

  • Clinical Information Resources  [PDF]  [MS Word] Use a worksheet to organize your search for information on a clinical question.


Points to Remember

  1. Ask your question, then decide if it is a background question (general knowledge about a healthcare topic) or a foreground question (information needed to make decisions about a specific patient care issue).
  2. Use the appropriate clinical information resources for background questions.
  3. Use "PICO" to analyze your foreground question and identify keywords that can be used in your search strategy.
  4. Use the appropriate resources to search the literature for answers to foreground questions.
  5. Remember that not all questions have clear, evidence based answers. Develop a sense of when to stop searching for answers that don't exist and when to start relying on your clinical expertise!
  6. Ask a librarian, early and often, for assistance. Librarians can help locate the right resource to answer your question, help design a successful search strategy, and be a consultant in a comprehensive review of the literature.

Subject Guide