When looking for evidence - use a database (start with MEDLINE):
√ PubMed or Ovid Medline – references in medicine, nursing, public and allied health includes Cochrane
√ Cochrane or DARE Database of Abstracts of Review of Effect – home of the systematic reviews
√ CINAHL –references in nursing and allied health
√ UpToDate or National Guideline Clearinghouse - critically appraised topics
Looking for background information?
√ Access Medicine
Looking for that one perfect article?
√ PubMed using keywords
Resources listed in this section provide some type of evidence based analysis, synthesis and/or summary of a particular topic, study or question that will aid in evidence based decision making.
The databases listed below include primary literature sources such as journal articles that report the results of a research study or case studies. It's up to the clinician to appraise the literature quality and validity.
Clinical practice guidelines address screening, diagnosis, and treatment of disease relevant to internal medicine and its subspecialties. They are based on systematic review of the available evidence.
Background resources provide an overview of a diseases or conditions, that includes what is generally known and accepted. For example textbooks or review articles on a topic. The publication date and currency is important.