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Evidence- Based Practice Subject Guide LRC@TCC

"Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an approach to health care wherein health professionals use the best evidence possible, i.e. the most appropriate information available, to make clinical decisions for individual patients. EBP values, enhances and builds on clinical expertise, knowledge of disease mechanisms, and pathophysiology.  It involves complex and conscientious decision-making based not only on the available evidence but also on patient characteristics, situations, and preferences.  It recognizes that health care is individualized and ever changing and involves uncertainties and probabilities.  Ultimately EBP is the formalization of the care process that the best clinicians have practiced for generations".  Source: McKibbon KA (1998). Evidence based practice. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 86 (3): 396-401.

Scope of this guide: find articles, books, statistics, and other information on the evidence-based practice of health and medicine.

Keywords to search: evidence-based, clinical research, guidelines, protocols, methodology, best practice

Health Databases (use MyTCC ID to login from off-campus)

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,990 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,030 peer-reviewed journals.

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews publications review 32 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.


CINAHL is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for 2,928 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines .Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

Highwire Press

Look for full-text peer-reviewed articles from a variety of disciplines, including health sciences. Noted journals include Annals of Occupational Hygiene, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, and Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, just to name a few.


Get access to a large number of journals in the fields of clinical medicine, life sciences, and nursing. Use Your Journals@Ovid to limit to the full-text articles.

MEDLINE (or PubMed)

Free and open to the public, PubMed includes MEDLINE. MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Full text can be requested through interlibrary loan.


Wiley Online Library

Find full-text journal articles, books, and access to the Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews as well as EBM Guidelines: Evidence-Based Medicine.

For other health-related subject guides, see the Health Portal.

Selected resources from the Web:  

Evidence-Based Medicine Toolkit is a collection of EBP resources including an Clinical Epidemiology Glossary.

National Guideline Clearinghouse is a free resource for EBP guidelines for healthcare practitioners.

Health Services Technology/Assessment Texts (HSTAT) provides full-text access to web sites, books, and other documents to help support health care decision making.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine is a valuable resource for EBP resources, including worksheets to help you evaluate the literature and a glossary of EBP terms.

Well-Built Clinical Question provides precise instructions for identifying the information need and the elements of the search strategy.

National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and "is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders."

Evidence Based Practice Tutorial for Nurses from Penn State.