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Searching for Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Guidelines

Introduction

Evidence-based practice guidelines, or clinical practice guidelines, aim to help providers choose appropriate healthcare options for specific clinical circumstances. This guide provides instructions on how to find guidelines in the library and online.

Library Resources

Databases with Guidelines

Below are library databases that will allow you to limit your search results to guidelines.

CINAHL Complete

To find guidelines in this database, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the database link above. This will take you directly to the advanced search page.
  2. Scroll down to Limit Your Results.
  3. Locate the Publication Type menu, and select Practice Guidelines.
  4. Enter your keywords in the search field and hit search.

Example of Practice Guidelines selection in publication drop down menu in CINAHL

DynaMed Plus

To find guidelines in this database, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the database link above.
  2. Enter your keywords into the search field and hit search.
  3. Click on the title of the result that best identifies your topic. 
  4. Select Guidelines and Resources in the left-hand navigation menu.
  5. Click on that, and you will be taken to a list of original guidelines for that topic.

DynaMed Guidelines and Resources

Medline Complete

To find guidelines in this database, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the database link above. This will take you directly to the advanced search page.
  2. Scroll down to Limit Your Results.
  3. Locate the Publication Type menu, and select Guideline.
  4. Enter your keywords in the search field and hit search.

Example of Guideline selection in Publication Type limiter drop down menu in Medline

PubMed

To find guidelines in this database, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the database link above.
  2. Enter your keywords into the search field and hit search.
  3. Scroll down and click Additional Filters to the left of the search results.
  4. Select Article Type in the left-hand navigation menu.
  5. Select Practice Guideline from the menu, and hit Show.

PubMed Article Type - Practice Guideline

eBooks with Guidelines

Online Resources

Government Websites with Guidelines

Below are selected government websites with guidelines. Also, search online for professional organizations related to your topic of interest to see if they provide freely accessible guidelines. For example, if you are looking for guidelines related to heart disease, you might try the American Heart Association. 

Online Databases with Guidelines

Below are selected online databases with guidelines. Make sure to review the criteria a guideline must meet to be included in these repositories.

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