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Nursing 325: Evidence Based Research: Home

This guide contains links to information on best nursing databases, suggested resources for information on APA citation style, and a few search tips and tutorials that I thought would help you prepare your literature review.

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

One of the very best and often-quoted descriptions of evidence-based practice was coined by Dr. David Sackett and he describes it as "the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient.  It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research."  (Sackett D, 1996)  

Short, helpful research-related tutorials

How to reach a librarian....

Are you just beginning a new research assignment and feeling lost?  This is the PERFECT time to reach out to a librarian.  There is more than one way to do that -

* Go to the Library home page, scroll to the bottom of the left column and click on the "Questions?" link.  Submit your question.

* Dial 610-282-1100 x1266 during library hours to reach our Circulation Desk.  A friendly librarian or library student worker will be happy to help you.  If calling after hours, please leave a message and we will call back when the library is open.

* If you get stuck while searching our online catalog or one of our databases, use the library chat box on the search screen to reach someone for help.

* To set up an appointment to meet with a librarian, go to the library home page, under the heading "Library Services" on the right side of the page, click "Schedule a Research Appointment."  You have the option to select a particular librarian, if you want; select a date and a time that suits your schedule.  Voila!  Someone will get back to you to verify the appointment.


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