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NUR 3300 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice: Home

Librarian-recommended resources to help you find the best available evidence.


ALL available videos are included in the center column of this page, both the recommended and the optional videos.  Optional videos are clearly labelled in OPTIONAL in the box title.  You may find it more helpful if you access these videos using the separate tabs labelled with * instead (that is, the "SEARCH TIPS" and each of the 4 "SEARCH VIDEO" tabs) separately, where the recommended content is listed above the optional content. You only need to use APA PsycINFO if your clinical question is related to behavioral or mental health.

Database Links - Appropriate Library Databases for a Literature Review

When searching for individual research studies in healthcare, CINAHL and PubMed should be used. CINAHL is the major database for nursing and allied health literature.  PubMed is a way to search MEDLINE, the major database of literature in the biomedical sciences.

Google and Google Scholar are NOT sufficient for doing a good literature search in health care, although you can use Google Scholar to supplement your searches in subject specific databases.

More research guides

Asking the Clinical Question

AJN Series: Evidence-Based Practice: Step by Step

These persistent links allow Wright State University users to access these articles through WSU's subscription to AJN. Note: If off campus, you will be prompted for your campus w number and password before being taken to the article.

This collection of articles was authored by faculty from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice and published in the American Journal of Nursing (AJN)

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Strategies for Effective Searching, Part 1 (length: 4:37)

Strategies for Effective Searching, Part 2 (length: 6:08)

CINAHL: Keyword Searching Using PICO (length: 2:43)

CINAHL: Broadening Your Search (length: 3:05)

OPTIONAL - CINAHL - MeSH/Subject Heading Searching from EBSCO Support (length: 3:32)

This video from EBSCO shows how to start searching CINAHL Subject Headings from scratch.  It does not use a PICO question example, but you can use the same process to identify subject headings for any of the keyword elements of your PICO(T) question.

Training Course (from the NLM): Using PubMed in Evidence-Based Practice

NLM PubMed Interactive Tutorial: Find Articles on a Topic (approximate length: 1:00)

Find Articles on a Topic: Interactive Tutorial

Tutorial credit: U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM PubMed Interactive Tutorial: PubMed Subject Search: How It Works (approximate length: 4:00)

PubMed Subject Search: How It Works

Tutorial credit: U.S. National Library of Medicine

OPTIONAL - Use MeSH to Build a Better PubMed Query (from NCBI)

This National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) video demonstrates how to build a search from scratch using MeSH.  Although it is not a search on a PICO(T) question, the same process can be used to determine if there are relevant Medical Subject Headings for your population, intervention, comparison, and/or outcome.

Mental health-related topics only - Using the Methodology Limiter in PsycINFO on EBSCOHost

Demonstrates ways to limit to specific types of research methodologies in PsycINFO.

Evidence Evaluation Table - Template and Sample

APA Style

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