Instructions for using this tutorial
The tutorial includes the following tabs. Be sure to scroll down through each part to ensure that you view all the available content,
Introduction | Ovid MEDLINE | PubMed | CINAHL | Cochrane Library | Guidelines | Critical Appraisal
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- change the monitor resolution to a higher setting if the slides do not fit your screen
To enhance learning consider opening two browser windows and pausing the tutorial to practice the searching concepts suggested in the tutorials. Click the rewind button if you want to back up to repeat a slide.
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Why should you care about Evidence Based Health Care?
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 is a one stop resource for filtering high quality evidence based research, including:
- 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),
- rollover preview of individual results,
- login through Facebook or Twitter,
- tracking and favorites options for logged in users
- sharing results through Facebook or Twitter.
Where should you start in this tutorial?
- Would you like to pick up tips gathered by librarians who search for evidence based information? Start with the "basic tips" or "more tips" sections from the Introduction tab
- Do you search PubMed? View Using Article Type Filters and Clinical Queries for Evidence Based Searching first.
- Do you need systematic reviews, evidence based technology assessments or economic evaluation from Cochrane? Start with the tutorials and view the segments of the tutorial that interest you.
- Do you need a Practice Guideline? Use PubMed or Dynamed and view the tutorials Searching for Guidelines in PubMed or Finding Guidelines in Dynamed
Points to Remember
- 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).
- Use the appropriate clinical information resources for background questions.
- Use "PICO" to analyze your foreground question and identify keywords that can be used in your search strategy.
- Use the appropriate resources to search the literature for answers to foreground questions.
- 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!
- 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.
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