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Library Resources for students in the Goodwin Nursing program.

Searching for Evidence

Filtered evidence appraises the quality of studies, synthesizes evidence and often make recommendations for practice. Filtered evidence includes the types of literature described in these tabs, such as:

  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses 
  • Critically Appraised Topics
  • Critically Appraised Individual Articles

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses are searchable in individual databases.

PubMed tip: Medical Subject Headings (MESH) for the concept of practice guideline or standard include:

  • practice guideline as topic
  • practice guideline (publication type)
  • meta-analysis as topic, 
  • meta-analyses (publication type), and
  • standard of care

CINAHL Complete is a database focused on literature related to nursing and allied health topics. There a number of ways to refine and focus you search. Using the Advanced Search feature displays a range of limits such as:

1- Research Article
2- Evidence-Based Practice
3- Publication Type, including:

  • Evidence-Based Care Sheets
  • Practice Guidelines
  • Randomized Control Trial
  • Systematic Review

Authors of critically appraised topics evaluate and synthesize multiple research studies.