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Healthcare Research and Evidence Based Practice: Database Tutorials

Help for Healthcare Research, especially evidence-based practice (EBP).

Using the Cochrane Library Database

The Cochrane Library Reference Guide

The Reference Guide provides easy step-by-step guidance to using the Cochrane Library as well as a detailed overview of available features and functionality.
View or download the Reference Guide (PDF) in English (updated August 2016) and Chinese.

Online self-paced tutorials

These online tutorials were designed for users as a quick and informative overview and demonstration of the Cochrane Library. The tutorials provide an introduction to the Cochrane Library and how to browse and search the Cochrane Library.
Part 1 - An introduction to the Cochrane Library

Part 2 - Browsing and Searching the Cochrane Library

Part 3 - Using MeSH and Search Manager

Using CINAHL's Evidence Based Practice Limiter

Evidence-Based Practice is a value that can be found in the Special Interest field of some CINAHL records. This value is associated with a record when an article is about the application of Evidence-Based medicine.

Evidence-based medicine is a medical movement based upon the application of the scientific method to medical practice, including long-established existing medical traditions not yet subjected to adequate scientific scrutiny. According to the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, "Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients."

When applied, the Evidence-Based Practice limiter searches the Special Interest field for the value "Evidence-Based Practice." Applying this limiter allows you to limit results to:

  • Articles from evidence-based practice journals
  • Articles about evidence-based practice
  • Research articles (including systematic reviews, clinical trials, meta analyses, etc.)
  • Commentaries on research studies (applying practice to research)

CINAHL Tutorial