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Evidence Based Literature Searching

This course was created by the National Library of Medicine and geared toward Nurses and other people in Allied Health.

"When conducting reundefinedsearch, evidence-based practice is a method for framing clinical questions that will help yield optimal search results. is a free research tool from the National Library of Medicine®. This course will show you how to use evidence-based practice when searching clinical questions using PubMed."



After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Accurately and precisely describe your clinical question using PICO
  • Convert your research question into search terms for PubMed
  • Check that medical terms in your search map to Medical Subject Headings
  • Use appropriate filters to refine your search results set
  • Use Clinical Queries to limit results to clinically relevant literature
  • Find full text linked from PubMed
  • Identify your library as a source for full text articles
  • Find the “My NCBI” link and recognize that as a place to store searches and citations
  • Identify your librarian as a source for search assistance
  • Find the PubMed Online Training page and specific tutorials relevant for continuing your training