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Library resources and content to support nursing evidenced-based practice and research.
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Step One: Ask Question

Forumulate a well-defined answerable question.

The PICO format is an excellent place to start.


Step Two: Search for Evidence

Search credible library databases located in the center of this guide for evidence.


Step Three: Appraise Evidence

Critically appraise evidence for validity, relevance and applicability.


Step Four: Apply Evidence

Combine evidence with clinical expertise and patient values when you apply in clinical setting.


Find a Practicing Guideline

To find a practicing guidline,  excellent places to start are:

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How to Search in CINAHL

Utilize different tutorials such as the ones below:


CINAHL Tutorial - EBSCO 2 minute tutorial 



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The purpose of this Research Guide is to support you in your NUR 390W course learning outcome to utilize electronic resources to efficiently and effectively search, locate and evaluate desired research-based evidence.


Four Steps to Evidence-Based Practice

Four EBP Steps


Step Two: Search Nursing Databases for Evidence

Articles and Research:

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Citing Sources

Citing Resources


Academic Programs & Course Support

Contact Kathee Rose, Librarian, for the College of Health and Human Services

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PubMed Tutorial

Finding the Full Text

Most articles identified in the databases will have an abstract and then if available a link to the full text.

  • Look for a PDF or HTML link in the description of the article.
  • If you do not see a link to the full text, use the Check for Full Text link, it may be available in another database.
  • If it is still unavailable Click on Request It and we will get a digital copy for you. It's free! 

You can request any article that we do not have the full text to regardless of where you got the information from through our Request Materials service!

How to Find an Article If You Have the Citation

Search for a specific article with known citation details.


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