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Evidence Based Nursing

This guide provides information on evidence based practice in nursing

Journal Articles

Use the following databases to help you locate journals articles on your topic of interest. 

Best bets are databases and journals Welder Library subscribes to or allows for open access. Please start your research using these resources. Other resources found are available through Welder Library or on the internet. However you are welcome to use our Interlibrary Loan service to request the article you are looking for. 

Best Bets 

CINAHL - CINAHL Complete is a comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index, with no embargo. CINAHL Complete is a research tool for all areas of nursing & allied health literature.

UpToDate - This database provides evidence-based answers to commonly asked questions in clinical practice. It is designed to provide practical, concise information needed at the point of care. 

Cochrane Databases

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials - This database is a highly concentrated source of reports of randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials.

Cochrane Clinical Answers - Cochrane Clinical Answers provides clinically-focused information for point-of-care decision-making. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and data for the outcomes from the Cochrane.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - This is the leading journal and database for systematic reviews in health care. 

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials - This database contains publications that report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books, and conference proceedings, and the content is sourced from MEDLINE and hand searches. 

Other Resources

Health SourceThis database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also features AHFS Consumer Medication Information, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

MedlineProvides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences found on MEDLINE, plus the database provides full text for more than 1,470 journals indexed in MEDLINE.

Nursing Reference Center - A web-based nursing reference system designed to provide the latest evidence based clinical information for nursing practice, education, and research at the point of care. 

Interlibrary Loan

The Welder Library Interlibrary Loan policy explains what you need to do set up an ILLIAD account. Once you set that up, you may log in and use the account for requesting resources not held at the Welder library. You will be able to:

  • Submit request(s)
  • Track request(s)
  • Check due dates
  • Renew items
  • View borrowing history
  • Access material delivered electronically   

University of Mary non-main campus students must use ILLIAD to request books and media held by Welder, or other libraries as well.  It is vital all students, both on campus and non-main campus, establish an ILLIAD account to obtain needed library materials.  Books and media requested by University of Mary non-main campus students will be forwarded to students by mail.  University of Mary non-main campus students are responsible for return postage to return the item to Welder Library.

Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Policy   

Note: Articles delivered to your ILLIAD account are only accessible for 30 days. After 30 days the software will display grayed out icons of article PDFs in your history, and you will no longer be able to access the article. If you need articles longer, you may want to keep a print or electronic copy when you first receive it.

For more information on ILLIAD, check out this Interlibrary Loan tutorial