Introduction and Objectives
This page is designed to support nursing students and professionals learning about evidence based practice.
Learn the types of literature and resources that are evidence based.
Recognize options for limiting literature search retrieval to valid and reliable research studies or systematic reviews/meta-analyses appropriate for clinical decision making;
Search The Cochrane Library, Dynamed, FIRSTConsult, ACP Journal Club, and other clinical information support resources;
Search PubMed MEDLINE using “Clinical Queries” and learn about My NCBI filters
Learn about resources for further learning.
Scroll down this page to link to the handouts mentioned in this video. After viewing this video, consider delving deeper into some of the topics covered by visiting the links in the "I want to learn more" box below.
I want to learn more about:
- Using the Health Sciences Library
- Pre-search planning and general tips for evidence based searching
- Grey Literature and watch a tutorial
- Resources for background questions
- Guidelines in Dynamed
- Use Nursing Consult's Evidence Based Nursing and Gudelines
- Trip Database and how to search Trip Database
- Cochrane Library
- PubMed searching and the My NCBI personal inbox in PubMed
- CINAHL (Nursing Literature) searching
- EndNote Basic
EndNote Basic is a free cloud based resource for reference management. Please view a video tutorial if you'd like to learn how to register for an account, load references into EndNote Web, and output the references in a reference list in a particular style and use "Cite While You Write" in MS Word. Sign up for an account via Web of Science, then add references to your EndNote library from Web of Science, Google Scholar, or PubMed. EndNote Basic now includes 2GB of storage to upload the pdfs of articles and associate them with references.
EndNote is a desktop application for reference management and document storage. It is recommended for those writing for publication and thesis authors. A free 30 day trial is available at the website.
Please email Paul.Blomquist@ucdenver.edu for the following handouts and for assistance:
- EndNote Handout
- Advanced EndNote Handout
Purchasing EndNote at an Education Discount:
UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus Bookstore: 303-724-BOOK (2665)
Amazon: http://amazon.com also sells EndNote at a discount.
JAMAevidence The AMA provides fundamental tools for understanding and applying the medical literature and making clinical diagnoses. Includes the Users' Guides and Rational Clinical Examination materials.
Evidence Based Databases Browse a list of databases where you can retrieve information for evidence based decision making.
Evidence Based Health Care Resource Guide compiles resources from agencies and organizations that provide clinical information support, policies, guidelines, education and training related to evidence based health care.
Searching for Evidence Based Information Tutorials View video training modules of 5 – 15 minutes in length that demonstrate and discuss the basic aspects of evidence based information retrieval.
Searching for the Evidence (Handouts)
Class handouts describing some of the evidence-based resources available to Health Sciences Library users. Attachments to this handout are also available:
Ovid Medline and CINAHL Evidence Based Medicine Search Filters (attachment 1) Learn to use search filters to refine your results.
PubMed Clinical Queries: Clinical Study Categories and Systematic Review / EMBASE Evidence Based Searching (attachment 2) Learn to use search filters to refine your results.
Sources of Evidence (attachment 3) Learn more about some recommended sources of evidence based information.
Evidence Based My NCBI Filters (attachment 4) Set up filters for efficient access to evidence based studies and systematic reviews in PubMed.
6S Pyramid The 6S Pyramid is a model for describing the types of evidence available for decision-making.
Visual RX Calculator This tool helps clinician communicate with patients about benefits and harms of treatment to enhance decision making.
Cochrane Library Online Help Instructional resources for the Cochrane Library, an evidence based systematic reviewing resource.