Sciences & Engineering — Medicine, Human
Evidence Based Medicine

Welcome, 3rd Year Medical Students This subject guide will assist you with your critically appraised question. This list of resources is arranged from resources which provide filtered evidence (Systematic Reviews, Evidence Syntheses, Article Synopses) to resources which provide unfiltered information (RCT's, Cohort Studies, Case-conrtolled Studies, Background Information and Expert Opinions)
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Bruce Abbott : — (916) 734‑3529 — Blaisdell Medical Library

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Databases and Other Sources for Evidence based medicine

List of databases
TRIP Database (

The TRIP (Turning Research into Practice) Database is a clinical search engine designed to allow clinicians to quickly find answers to their clinical questions using the best available evidence.

Sources searched by TRIP Below are the categories of publications searched by the TRIP database - use this link to see all the publications:

Evidence Based Synopses Systematic Reviews Guidelines - Aus. & NZ Guidelines - Canada Guidelines - UK Guidelines - USA Guidelines - Other Clinical Q&A Core primary research Extended primary research eTextbooks Patient Information More News

Cochrane Library ( [Restricted] VPN
A constantly updated current database of systematic reviews of medical research
  • User Guides (
ACP Smart Medicine & AHFS DI Essentials ( [Restricted] VPN
ACP Smart Medicine from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides evidence-based clinical guidance for primary care physicians. In an effort to ensure the breadth and quality of this evidence, Smart Medicine has contracted with McMaster University to conduct continual literature searches on topics contained in Smart Medicine. McMaster University is known and respected for establishing the most strident methodology for evidence based medicine. Smart Medicine authors are required to base the recommendations in their modules on citations from the medical literature which are ranked by McMaster. This resource was previously named the ACP Physician's Information and Education Resource (PIER).
Essential Evidence Plus ( [Restricted] VPN

From the Product Description:

The only database system of filtered, synopsized, evidence-based information, this integrated search engine allows you to simultaneously search, via keyword, multiple databases:

  • Essential Evidence Topics
  • EBM Guidelines
  • POEMs Research Summaries
  • Cochrane Systematic Reviews
  • NGC Practice Guidelines
  • Decision Support Tools
  • H&P Calculators
  • Diagnostic Test Calculators
  • Derm Expert Image Viewer
  • E/M Coding
  • ICD-9 Lookup Tool.

Access the Essential Evidence Plus User Guide to help you and your end-users use EE+ more effectively:

To get anytime access via a mobile device, click here for instructions on setting up a Personal Profile:

Self-Paced Online Learning Modules:

ACP Journal Club ( [Restricted] VPN
ACP Journal Club's general purpose is to select from the biomedical literature articles that report original studies and systematic reviews that warrant immediate attention by physicians attempting to keep pace with important advances in internal medicine. These articles are summarized in value-added abstracts and commented on by clinical experts.
Coverage: 2000-present
AHRQ EPC Evidence Reports A-Z Index (
Author: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
In 1997 the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), launched its initiative to promote evidence-based practice in everyday care through establishment of 12 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs). The EPCs develop evidence reports and technology assessments on topics relevant to clinical, social science/behavioral, economic, and other health care organization and delivery issuesspecifically those that are common, expensive, and/or significant for the Medicare and Medicaid populations. With this program, AHRQ became a "science partner" with private and public organizations in their efforts to improve the quality, effectiveness, and appropriateness of health care by synthesizing the evidence and facilitating the translation of evidence-based research findings.
AHRQ Technology Assessments (
Author: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
The technology assessment program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides technology assessments for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These technology assessments are used by CMS to inform its national coverage decisions for the Medicare program as well as provide information to Medicare carriers. Technology assessments are based on a systematic review of the literature, along with appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods of synthesizing data from multiple studies.
PubMed ( [Restricted] VPN
More than 23 million citations and abstracts for articles published in approximately 8,400 journals in medicine, life sciences, health administration, veterinary medicine, nursing, molecular biology and genetics. PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine on the NCBI platform.
Coverage: 1946-present
Web of Science Core Collection [via Web of Science] ( [Restricted] VPN

Provides access to the content from SEVEN CITATIONS INDEXES and two chemical indexes. Web of Science Core Collection -- Citation Indexes and years of coverage: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED) --1900-present; Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) --1900-present; Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) --1975-present; Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S) --1990-present; Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH) --1990-present; Book Citation Index– Science (BKCI-S) --2005-present; Book Citation Index– Social Sciences & Humanities (BKCI-SSH) --2005-present

Web of Science Core Collection -- Chemical Indexes and their coverage: Current Chemical Reactions (CCR-EXPANDED) --1985-present; (Includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840) Index Chemicus (IC) --1993-present

Coverage: See above description (varies between 9 indexes)
CINAHL Complete: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature [via EBSCO] (,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ccm) [Restricted] VPN
References and abstracts on nursing, biomedical, allied health and consumer health literature. Also includes health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters, as well as Evidence-Based care sheets. Full text is provided for hundreds of journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. Includes PreCINAHL as a companion database.
Coverage: 1982-
  • CINAHL User Guide (
    Click on Document Download link to obtain the 38-page MS Word document
  • Saving Search and Alerting Functions (Guide) (
    Click on Document Download link to obtain the 17-page MS Word document
MD Consult -- Retired 12/31/2014 (

Elsevier has retired MD Consult as of 12/31/2014, 11:59pm. The Library is exploring other options, both print and electronic. For assistance finding an alternative, contact | 916 734 3529. Medical reference books, journals, "Clinics", drug information, clinical practice guidelines, patient education handouts from the MD Consult Core Collection.

AccessMedicine ( [Restricted] VPN is an innovative online resource that provides instant answers to clinical questions from the most trusted sources. To keep pace with the changing practice of medicine, AccessMedicine delivers the latest medical advances and knowledge in a digital aggregation with online desktop, PDA, iPod, and MP3 compatible device solutions.

Updated daily by world-renowned physicians and expanded continuously with information necessary for completing evaluations, diagnoses, case management decisions, conducting research, medical education, or self-assessment and board review.

IncludES the LANGE Basic Science and LANGE CURRENT Clinical Science Series for on-going study, review, and reference.

STAT!Ref [via Teton Data Systems] ( [Restricted] VPN
STAT!Ref(StatRef)provides access to the latest editions of medical, chemical and pharmacological texts, dictionaries and indexes. Users are able to cross-search the entire library and results are displayed as hot links leading to detailed information in full-text book format with tables and graphics.
Full-text reputable consumer health information compiled by the National Library of Medicine from authenticated sources including the various U.S. Government agencies involved with health care. Many free and reliable full-text sources are incorporated including drug information, dictionaries and directories.