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Evidence Based Practice: Databases to Search


Use the Quality of Evidence Pyramid below to identify the types of articles and appraisals available for evidence based practice. 

MCW Libraries' electronic resources are listed by the corresponding level found in the pyramid.



EBM Pyramid

ACCESSSS - For Federated Searching of Evidence Based Resources

A federated search engine searches across all levels of evidence simultaneously. ACCESSSS was developed by McMaster University. The results of your search for evidenced based literature are linked to available MCW Libraries resources.    To use ACCESSSS, create an account on the web site.  Identify Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries as your “PubMed Outside Tool” and “resource portal” preference.  Then login in to search ACCESSSS.

Journals with an EBP Focus

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Filtered Information

▲ Systematic Reviews & Guidelines

▲ Critically-Appraised Topics

Evaluate and synthesize multiple research studies.

▲ Critically-Appraised Articles

Evaluate and synthesize individual research studies.

Unfiltered Information

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Literature databases for RCTs, cohort studies, case-controlled studies, case series, etc.)

Background Information & Expert Opinion

▲ Background Information/ Textbooks

Evidence in these resources may vary from expert opinion to high levels of evidence.

Other Resources

Evidence in these resources may vary from expert opinion to high levels of evidence.

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