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Nursing Leadership Institute: Evidence Based Practice

This site is intended to link practicing nurses to free resources that will help with the practice of EBP.

Steps of Search Process: Intro & Step 1

What is Evidence Based Practice?

Step 1: Problem/Formulating a Clear Research Question  

Steps of Process: Step 2 & 3

Step 2: Formulating Your Search Strategy  

Step 3:  Selecting the Right Resource (Always search more than one database)

  • CINAHLStart here if your topic tends to fall more within the field of nursing. 
  • PubMed/MEDLINE: Start your search here if the topic is one that tends to be more biomedical or medical in nature.
  • APA PsycNetThis database is good for searching psychological or psychiatric topics.
  • Cochrane Library:  This database is a good resource when needing to find systematic reviews.
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse : This is a good resource when searching for practice guidelines.