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Finding evidence-based resources

Background Information

Gathering background information, or "presearch" is a crucial part of information gathering.  Reference books are a great source of background information.  Suggested resources for background information include:


Scholarly Articles

Scholarly Article Best Bets:

Full Text Reminder

Remember, to link out to the full text of articles in databases such as PubMed and CINAHL, you'll need to use the Ferris FullText link. If you need a reminder on using the Ferris FullText link, please see the Full Text Linking page of this guide.

CINAHL as an EBP Resource

Suggestion 1:

  1. Click on Advanced Search under the search box
  2. Enter your search terms
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Advanced Search screen, and under Special Interest select Evidence-Based Practice

Screenshot of CINAHL Special Interest filter with Evidence-Based Practice selected

Suggestion 2:

  1. Click on Advanced Search under the search box
  2. Enter your search terms
  3. Scroll down and check the box next to Research Article (research needs to be done in order for there to be evidence

Screenshot of selected checkbox by Research Article

4) Scroll down and under Special Interest select Dental Care

Select Dental Care from Special Interest

Systematic Reviews / Meta-Analyses

Systematic Reviews/Meta-Analyses provide a high level of evidence, with the study authors performing a comprehensive literature review to answer a clinical question, utilizing inclusion and exclusion criteria to base results only on well-done studies, and ultimately make practice recommendations based on the evidence that has been found. With a meta-analysis, all included studies are pooled into a single statistical analysis.