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Evidence-based Practice Databases

These databases can be easily limited to find evidence-based practice literature.

  • CINAHL (Ebsco)
    Premier database for nursing and allied health articles.
  • PubMed
    PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
  • Cochrane Library
    Contains articles and abstracts/citations from the following evidence- based medicine databases: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE); Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL); Cochrane Database of Methodology Reviews; and Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)
  • PubMed Health
    PubMed Health is based on systematic reviews of clinical trials.
    Specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research.Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.

Databases for Nursing - Comprehensive List

This is an alphabetical list of the health sciences / nursing databases to which Detroit Mercy subscribes.

These databases will help you find references (citations) for articles. Sometimes the full article will be linked through the reference. Other times you will need to find the full article a different way.

See Finding Full Articles box for instructions on finding the full article if it is not available with the reference.

  • Anatomy tv
    Online interactive model of the human anatomy. Contains 3D anatomical structures, clinical slides, dissections, animations, clinical videos, and more. UDM subscribes and shares access to Anatomy TV with a number of other universities and colleges in Michigan.
  • BioMed Central
    Publishes over 200 peer-reviewed open access journals in the health sciences. To search the entire database, users need to set up a FREE account that allows downloads, exporting results lists and articles to RefWorks, and storing searches for later update.
  • CINAHL (Ebsco)
    Premier database for nursing and allied health articles.
  • Cochrane Library
    Contains articles and abstracts/citations from the following evidence- based medicine databases: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE); Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL); Cochrane Database of Methodology Reviews; and Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)
  • DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)
    The new DSM V is part of the Psychiatry Online database. See the DSM Library link on the top left of the page.
  • ERIC
    Provides extensive access to educational-related literature, including patient education and staff education literature.
  • Health & Medicine Databases (ProQuest)
    Searches 5 health and medicine databases at once, including: Family Health; Health Management; Health & Medical Collection; Nursing & Allied Health; and Public Health.
    To exclude any of these databases from the search, click the Databases link in the top left and un-check the box of the database to be excluded.
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module
    Provides access to information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc. Sources include journals, books and Internet links.
  • Health Management Database (ProQuest)
    Content includes information on a wide range of topics, including: Hospitals, Insurance, Law, Statistics, Business management, Personnel management, Ethics, Health economics, Public health administration
  • Health Reference Center Academic
    Provides a collection of over 2,600 journals, including 700 specifically in nursing and allied health fields; personal health information on a wide range of topics; full-text pamphlets; selected health-related articles from an additional 1500 general interest magazines, newsletters, and 2,500+ topical overviews from Clinical Reference Systems.
  • Learning Express Library
    Click on the "Occupational Practice Tests" tab/link on the left hand side of the webpage. Then click on the "Nursing and Allied Health" link. The "Licensure and Certification Test Preparation" link list includes 2 NCLEX-RN practice tests. You will need to register for an account within Learning Express, so it can track your progress. It is free to create an account, and you can use whatever password and user id you would like.
  • LWW Nursing and Health Professions Premier Collection
    Most of these journals can be found in CINAHL and/or PubMed.
  • MEDLINE/PubMed via PICO
    Search PubMed using the PICO template. Formatted for handheld devices.
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
    A comprehensive guide to over 2,700 contemporary testing instruments, the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. All MMY entries contain descriptive information (e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing) and edited review(s) written by leading content area experts.
    Tests in Print (TIP) serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s).
  • Nursing and Allied Health Collection (Gale)
    Collection focuses on nursing and allied health professions and is of use for both nursing professionals and students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.
  • Nursing Resource Center (Gale)
    Designed for nursing students: contains disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts.
  • Nursing Videos: MedCom / Trainex
    This is a collection of 241 instructional videos covering essential nursing skills and professional concerns such as ethics, patient privacy and medical records. To view the videos in Flash, Quicktime, Windows Media, or Real Player, set up your own personal account from the opening page.
  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (Gale)
    Custom collection covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine, providing researchers with access to many topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.
    A free comprehensive collection of population, family planning and related reproductive health and development literature that includes scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished documents. Maintained by the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs.
  • PsychiatryOnline
    American Psychiatric Association, all earlier editions of the DSM, the Association's major journals 1997-date, and a number of textbooks and assessment manuals.
  • Psychology Databases (PQ)
    Search the following databases simultaneously: ProQuest Psychology Journals, PsycARTICLES, and PsycINFO.
  • PubMed
    PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
  • Sage Journals
  • Symptom Media
    An online mental health education and training film library available via streaming. Includes over 300 mental health simulations including a DSM 5 and ICD Guided Film Collection and Assessment Tools provide viewers with training tools critical for symptom recognition. These innovative films offer visual guideposts to better understand what a particular mental health diagnosis looks like and decreases the stigma for those facing psychological issues. Videos range from 30 seconds to 15 minutes.

Database Tutorials

CINAHL Basic Search: (Time: 4:28)
CINAHL Advanced Search: (Time: 5:03)
PubMed: links to the PubMed online training website where you can find a multitude of short tutorials
The Cochrane Library: Introduction - Tutorial is free but it requires registration to view.
The Cochrane Library: Advanced and MESH searching - Tutorial is free but requires registration to view.

Library Catalog


Library catalog

Use the catalog to find journals and full articles once you have your article citation. As nursing students, you should still be searching the databases for your EBP articles.


Finding Full Articles

See these handouts for the step-by-step process for obtaining full articles.


Interlibrary Loan


Online form to request books and journal articles from other libraries.


EBP Filters in PubMed

The following Article Types will allow you to limit to evidence based practice:

Clinical Study Evaluation Study Systematic Reviews
Comparative Study Meta-Analysis Validation Study


Evaluation Study = studies determining the effectiveness or utility of processes, personnel, and equipment

Validation Study = research using processes by which the reliability and relevance of a procedure for a specific purpose are established

By selecting Clinical Study you will also automatically include the following (so you don't have to choose them separately):

Clinical Trial Randomized Clinical Trial
Controlled Clinical Trial Observational Study


Remember, Systematic Reviews (Article Type) will also include Literature Reviews in the results. They are NOT the same. Literature Reviews are NOT EBP. You will need to evaluate the article to determine the type of Review.

Practice Guidelines: most are EBP, but some are still opinion-based. You will need to review the guideline to ensure it is EBP.

Qualitative Research in PubMed:

  • Use the following search terms to capture the various types of qualitative studies: Qualitative Research, Grounded Theory, focus groups, phenomenology, ethnography, nursing methodology research, narration, interviews as topic, "thematic analysis"



Scholarly vs Popular articles

        scholarly article vs popular magazine

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