Evidence Based Nursing

Evidence Based Practice TutorialEvidence Based Nursing Pyramid

Created by medical librarians at Duke University and University of North Carolina, this tutorial provides a comprehensive introduction to evidence based practice. Many of the Evidence Based Practice Resources referred to in the tutorial can be accessed in the Summary of Primary Research and Database sections of this Research Guide.

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Allow approximately 1 hour to complete the tutorial. 

USF Research Videos

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Summaries of Primary Evidence

The following clinical reference tools and journals provide summaries of noteworthy primary research, and many provide an assessment of the quality and strength of the evidence and its relevance to clinical practice.  

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool  for use at the point-of-care designed to provide clinicians with the best available evidence to support clinical decision-making. Dynamed offers clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, and provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience. Mobile access for smart phones and tablets available. 

Evidence Based Nursing
Selects studies and reviews that report on important advances relevant to nursing and warrant immediate attention from those interested in evidence based nursing. Article are summarized by Evidence Based Nursing editorial staff and commented upon by experts.

Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing
Studies and reviews accompanied by best practice applications and recommendations for clinical practice, nursing administration, education, and public health. 

ACP Journal Club
ACP Journal Club identifies original studies and systematic reviews which warrant immediate attention from clinicians attempting to keep up with advances in practice. Articles are summarized by ACP Journal Club editorial staff and commented upon by clinical experts. 


Use the following databases to find nursing and health sciences research articles.  

PubMed consists of bibliographic information primarily drawn from MEDLINE. Those looking for research from the fields of medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine & dentistry should use PubMed. Find a PubMed tutorial here.

CINAHL Complete
CINAHL consists of bibliographic information and full text articles specific to the fields of nursing and allied health. Those looking for nursing specific publications or publications authored by a nurse should use CINAHL Plus with Full Text.

Joanna Briggs Institute
A comprehensive database that covers a wide range of medical, nursing, and health science specialties and includes a unique suite of information that’s been analyzed, appraised, and prepared by expert reviewers at JBI. 

The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library consists of six databases, including The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (CENTRAL). 

PsycINFO contains bibliographic information and full text articles about psychology as well as the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as nursing, public health and medicine. 

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Find   

More Database Resources
Find other health science databases and resource. 

Evidence Based Nursing Tool-kit

These resources can help you become familiar with the principles and practice of evidence based nursing

Books about Evidence Based Nursing
Items from Gleeson Library

Evidence Based Practice: Step by Step
A series of 7 articles by Melnyk, Fineout-Overholt, Stillwell & Williamson providing step by step advice on practicing evidence based nursing.  

AHRQ Patient Safety & Quality, an Evidence Based Handbook for Nurses
An internet resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Web Resources

National Guidelines Clearinghouse
A weekly updated, publicly available clearinghouse of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. 

AHRQ Evidence Reports
Easily browsable evidence based practice reports on a variety of clinical topics, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  

Reading, Understanding and Analyzing Research

"How to Read a Paper" by Tricia Greenhalgh.
View the ebook or check out the print version from the Library

Select topics covered include: 

  • Determining what a paper is about
  • Statistics for the non-statistician
  • Understanding papers that report on drug trials, economic analysis, and diagnostic & screening tests 

Nursing and Health Promotion Theory

Books on Nursing Theory Items from Gleeson Library. You can also search Ignacio, the library's catalog, for a book on a specific theory.  Nursing theory on the web:

Other Helpful Tools

Use RefWorks to organize your personal library of electronic files, share citations and format bibliographies.
Add citations to PubMed using the RefGrab-It Tool. For more information, read about how to capture web page data with RefGrab-It: http://0-www.refworks.com.ignacio.usfca.edu/refworks2/help/RefWorks2.htm
Citations from CINAHL Plus with Full Text can be added by clicking Export and then selecting "Direct Export to Refworks."

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