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Evidence-Based Practice

Building & Strengthening Your Evidence Based Practice Literature Searches

Presented by Ken Wright, Health Sciences Librarian
Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library

This material is designed as a self-learning guide to build and reinforce your knowledge about the Evidence-Based Practice process. Included is an introduction to the basics of EBP, the fundamental steps in constructing a well-built clinical question, and effective literature searches using four high quality databases located on the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library's Nursing Resources page.

Demonstrations Include:

  • Defining Evidence-Based Practice and determining the scope of EBP literature and levels of evidence
  • Identifying Evidence-Based Resources located on the Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library(MCHSL) Nursing Resources page
  • Building a PICOT to create a searchable and answerable EBP question
  • Identifying and searching for the most appropriate study designs and publication types in the literature, i.e., systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and randomized controlled trials.
  • Applying database search filters to locate and access EBP literature using four effective databases: CINAHL Plus with Full-Text, ClinicalKey for Nursing, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and PubMed's Clinical Queries search filter
  • Accessing articles in full-text PDF format using different request options
  • Locating and accessing an additional EBP resource support guide on the Nursing Resources page

Accompanying Materials


For more information, or to schedule an individualized instruction session, please contact Ken Wright, Health Sciences Librarian — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call him at (614) 234-5222