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.

Databases for Finding Guidelines

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

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

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. Enter your keywords in the search fields.

3. Scroll down to the Limit Your Results section.

4. Locate the Publication Type menu, and select Practice Guidelines.

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

5. Add any other filters to your search that are of interest and hit search.

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. Find the Guidelines and Resources link in the left-hand navigation menu.

DynaMed Guidelines and Resources

5. Click on that, and you will be taken to a list of original guidelines for that topic.

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. Enter your keywords in the search fields.

3. Scroll down to the Limit Your Results section.

4. Locate the Publication Type menu, and select Guideline.

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

5. Add any other filters to your search that are of interest and hit search.

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.

Screenshot of Pubmed Additional Limiters link

4. Select Article Type in the left-hand navigation menu.

5. Select Practice Guideline from the menu, and hit Show.

 

Screenshot of Pubmed options that need to be selected to limit to practice guidelines

6. You will now have that filter to the left of your search results, and you can then select it to limit your results to just practice guidelines.