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Nursing Research Guide: Evidence-based nursing

Finding scholarly research articles

This document is a guide to finding appropriate articles for research assignments using CCC databases.


The databases listed below are particularly well-suited to finding articles on evidence-based practices.

Web sites

Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice - UT Health Science Center at San Antonio's guide to evidence-based practice, including current studies and trials.

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses - AMSN's introduction to EBN, including modules, web sites, and print resources.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Evidence-based Practice Centers - Evidence reports on a broad range of clinical topics.

Introduction to evidence-based practice - Duke University's basic tutorial on EBP. Approximately 1 hour to complete.

Patient safety and quality: an evidence-based handbook for nurses - 1,400 page manual discussing proven techniques and interventions for nurses.

The PICO Principle - Brief tutorial about the PICO method created by Oxford University.

PubMed - "PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites."

Trip Database - Clinical search engine providing access to high-quality research to support medical practices.


Listed below is a small sample of articles discussing evidence-based nursing that may be found in Carroll Community College's electronic databases.

Chapa, D., Hartung, M., Mayberry, L. J., & Pintz, C. (2013). Using preappraised evidence sources to guide practice decisions. Journal Of The American Association Of Nurse Practitioners, 25(5), 234-243. doi:10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00787.x

De Pedro-Gómez, J., Morales-Asencio, J., Bennasar-Veny, M., Artigues-Vives, G., Perelló-Campaner, C., & Gómez-Picard, P. (2012). Determining factors in evidence-based clinical practice among hospital and primary care nursing staff. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 68(2), 452-459. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05733.x

Hastings, C., & Fisher, C.A. (2014). Searching for proof: creating and using an actionable PICO question. Nursing Management, 45(8), 9-12. doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000452006.79838.67

Irwin, M. M., Bergman, R. M., & Richards, R. (2013). The Experience of implementing evidence-based practice change: A qualitative analysis. Clinical Journal Of Oncology Nursing, 17(5), 544-549. doi:10.1188/13.CJON.544-549

Jeffs, L., Sidani, S., Rose, D., Espin, S., Smith, O., Martin, K., & ... Ferris, E. (2013). Using theory and evidence to drive measurement of patient, nurse and organizational outcomes of professional nursing practice. International Journal Of Nursing Practice, 19(2), 141-148. doi:10.1111/ijn.12048

Linton, M., & Prasun, M. A. (2013). Evidence-based practice: collaboration between education and nursing management. Journal Of Nursing Management, 21(1), 5-16. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01440.x

Mick, J. (2014). Nurse interns' experience with participation in evidence-based practice project requirement of a nursing internship program. Nurse Educator, 39(2), 54-55. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000017

Wuchner, Staci S. (2014). Integrative review of implementation strategies for translation of research-based evidence by nurses. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 28(4), 214-223. doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000055

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