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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.
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Purpose of this Resource Guide

The core skills of evidence based practice include the ability to acquire high quality information for critical appraisal. 
This guide addresses how to best plan for and find this high quality evidence for clinical decision making.

Where should you start in this tutorial?


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

For best viewing

  • close any special toolbars (such as Google or Yahoo
  • maximize your browser window to full screen
  • 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. 

Tutorials require the Adobe Flash Player. The video player includes the following control buttons:


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.

JAMA User's Guides

  • JAMA Evidence
    Evidence-based medicine resource that includes training materials, exercises and worksheets related to critical appraisal skills.
    -Users' Guides to the Medical Literature
    -The Rational Clinical Examination
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