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Nursing 360: Evidence-Based Research Sources

Resources and tutorials for NURS 360

Find Evidence Based Research - Selected Resources

The databases below are especially useful for finding secondary literature (Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analyses) and practice guidelines. CINAHL, Cochrane Library, PubMed, and some others also include primary literature (individual controlled trials, case studies, etc.).

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Access Medicine: Practice Guidelines in Primary Care*
This handy guide draws information from many sources of the latest guidelines for preventive services, screening methods, and treatment approaches commonly encountered in the outpatient setting.  

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence Reports
These reports provide comprehensive, science-based information on common, costly medical conditions and new health care technologies and strategies. 

The best resource to find published literature in nursing and in the allied health fields.  In advanced search mode, you can limit your results list to specific levels of evidence. 

Cochrane Library*
The top resource for systematic reviews.  

ClinicalKey for Nursing*
Provides nurses with clinically relevant answers from evidence-based nursing books, peer-reviewed journals, practice guidelines, and core measures with nursing recommendations. Designed for nursing care, including: - Administering medication - Managing nurse policy - Monitoring for complications - Providing patient education.

Content is written by an international "team of physicians who synthesize the evidence and provide objective analysis of health interventions.

Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database*
Covers a wide range of summarized and appraised evidence, to inform your practice: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.

National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC)
Provides structured, standardized summaries of thousands of current practice guidelines created by medical specialty associations, professional societies, public or private organizations, government agencies at the federal, state, or local level, or health care organizations. To be included in the NGC, the guideline creators must have performed a systematic literature search and a review of existing scientific evidence published in peer reviewed journals during guideline development.

The best resource for published literature in the health sciences. PubMed covers thousands of journals in all aspects of the health sciences, human and veterinary. Results can be limited to published practice guidelines, systematic reviews, or controlled trials by applying the appropriate "Type of Article" limit.

A meta search engine of many levels of literature including EBM synopses, systematic reviews, guidelines, primary literature, etc. Guidelines are included from US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and more.
*Available to SDSU College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy. Login through the Wegner Health Science Information Center website.

CINAHL Tutorials

Improve your CINAHL search skills with these brief (3-4 minute) tutorials.

PubMed Tutorials

PubMed for Nurses
Improve your PubMed searching skills by selecting short video tutorials from the menu on this page.

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