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What are Evidence-Based Resources?

Evidence-based resources are comprised of single research studies, critically appraised topics and articles, systematic reviews, and meta analyses. 

The evidence pyramid depicts the level of the quality of evidence for each type of resource.

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice is the integration of a clinician's expertise supported by evidence-based research and informed by a patient's values and preferences.  


    "What is Evidence-Based Practice?"

by Duke University Medical Center is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0


PICO Question

The PICO question can help to clarify what clinical question you are trying to answer using your research.  But it can also be used to help find and develop keywords and subject terms that relate to a topic of research.  Additionally, it can be utilized as an evaluation tool to determine if an article or source meets the criteria of your research.  

How do I search for Evidence-Based Resources

There are both Library resources and Web resources for searching for evidence-based.  The difference for you is that many of the library resources will be immediately available for you in full-text.  Resources found in other EBP resources may need to be requested via Interlibrary Loan. 


Web Evidence-Based Resources

Research Articles, Systematic Reviews, and Meta analyses

Critically Appraised Topics