Databases and Resources

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Pub Med
This is a free service of the US National Library of Medicine. You may be able to access some free articles however most need to be purchased at the publisher’s site.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)  [Login Required]
ANA provides access to CINAHL as a benefit to members. Search this database for articles on specific topics of interest. Access CINAHL on the link above or, after you login select, ‘Members Only’ in the ANA Member Center. On the next page CINAHL will be on the left side under Just for Members. CINAHL may be available to you through a hospital or academic/health sciences library.

University of Washington HealthLinks
This is an example of an academic health science library that provides access to databases. While many are restricted to individuals affiliated with the university, some have unrestricted free access. Many of the databases are a service of the federal government such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are conveniently compiled on this website.

The library also has a web page dedicated to evidence-based practice with many useful tools.

The Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library
The library allows you to search its data for research and conference abstracts.

The library also provides links to a variety of databases such as the Cochrane Library. There are numerous links to nursing resources, information about human and animal subject protection, statistics related to nursing, journals and much more.

National Guidelines Clearinghouse
This is a public resource for evidence-based practice guidelines. The database can be searched by topic or by the name of an organization such as the American Diabetes Association.

The Cochrane Library
Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of research in health care and health policy. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation and assess the accuracy of diagnostic tests. Each systematic review addresses a clearly formulated question; for example: Can antibiotics help in alleviating the symptoms of a sore throat? Cochrane reviews are considered by some to be the ‘gold standard’ for evidence. This is a subscription database that may be available without cost through many hospital and academic libraries.

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI)
JBI is an international not-for-profit, membership based, research and development organization based at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The Institute and its international collaborating entities promote and support the synthesis, transfer and utilization of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices to assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes globally. This is a subscription database that may be available without cost through some hospitals and academic libraries.

US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine and is composed of primary care providers. The USPSTF conducts scientific evidence reviews of a broad range of clinical preventive health care services (such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications) and develops recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems. “Recommendations Statements” are made only when the benefits outweigh the harm and there is sufficient evidence to support the recommendation.

This link brings you to the USPSTF Topic Guide.  

SUMsearch simultaneously searches PubMed/MEDLINE, DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects), and National Guideline Clearinghouse. It includes searches for clinical queries and extends systematic review searches to MEDLINE when DARE does not provide sufficient results.

TRIP database (Turning Research Into Practice)
Based in the United Kingdom, this searches >75 websites for high quality evidence-based information.

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
RNAO has developed guidelines and fact sheets to promote best practices.