Evidence-based Practice: Some Tools to Find It

Finding Articles about EBP or EBM

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The most common disciplines using evidence-based practice are medicine, nursing, psychology and psychiatry, social work, and education.

Some of the databases will allow you to limit your searches to content that is evidence-based. Medline/PubMed has a check box labeled EBM, and PsycINFO has one called EBP. There are also ways to limit by methodology in PsycINFO, such as systematic review in the dropdown menu.

Find articles by searching in the databases and seeing if we have the content. Commonly, you may start with keyword searching, but there are other techniques that may be useful, such as using the thesaurus to choose terms, subject searching and finding other works by authors you favor. Particular journals may be more important than others.

Interdisciplinary databases cover a lot of topics but not in as much depth (e.g. Academic Search Complete or ProQuest Central, JSTOR). Subject databases cover specific types of materials or a defined subject area in depth (e.g., WorldCat, America: History and Life, PsycINFO, Social Work Abstracts, Anthropological Literature (AnthroLit), Agricola or Project Muse).These may or may not contain systematic reviews of the literature for evidence-based practice.

In most, the "FindIt" button will show the holdings of the journal, magazine or newspaper or link to e-content if we have it. You may have to click through several pages or search for the article within the journal if it is available online.

A Caveat about the Literature (many disciplines are under scrutiny)