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  • Cochrane library - has the full text of systematic reviews done by the Cochrane Collaboration and a fairly comprehensive list of all known clinical trials mostly published as articles or presented at conferences or registered.
    The More tab in the results screen has systematic reviews from the Epistemonikos database. These are non-Cochrane systematic reviews and are a fairly comprehensive collection of international systematic reviews.

  • Cochrane also has a searchable Our Evidence site with plain language summaries of reviews.

  • PubMed - has a fairly comprehensive collection of records of systematic reviews and meta-analyses including Cochrane reviews. It also has clinical trials published as articles (a smaller coverage compared to the Cochrane library), and also levels of evidence lower in the evidence hierarchy or more suited to eg qualitative research.
    You might like to try the PubMed PICO search.
    View the 30 minute online tutorial Using PubMed in evidence based practice.

    If you prefer to use Medline (Ovid) or Embase (Ovid), Ovid have a couple of online resources to step you through searching their databases for EBP results
    Part 1, Part 2
    For a more complete coverage of systematic reviews search Embase as well as PubMed/Medline, or search Scopus.

  • BMJ Best Practice and DynaMed Plus databases - evidence based information on conditions and symptoms. Both include guidelines.

  • CINAHL Plus is a useful database for research from a nursing perspective. Searches can be limited to study type eg systematic review, guideline and there is also an evidence-based limit.

  • NICE Evidence Search from the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence uses google-like searching and is fast and authoritative.

  • Trip (Turning Research into Practice). Free database to quickly and easily find high-quality research evidence to support clinical practice and patient care. Uses google like searching.

  • ClinicalKey has a section of guidelines to browse or search.

  • Accessss - register for free. ' 'ACCESSSS provides "one-stop" access to pre-appraised evidence to address this key question: What is the current best evidence available to support clinical decisions?' Dual purpose database in that it searches across a number of resources (including BMJ Best Practice and DynaMed) and sets up an email alert service for your choice of specialty and population. Do a very simple search.

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