Free Databases for Searches
PubMed Provides free access to MEDLINE and the National Library of Medicine database of indexed citations and original abstracts in medicine, nursing, and health care; search tutorials; evidence-based medical reviews (EBMR)
Turning Research into Practice (TRIP) Provides free access to MEDLINE and the National Library of Medicine dA free meta-search engine for evidence-based healthcare topics; searches hundreds of evidence based medicine and evidence based nursing websites that contain synopses, clinical answers, textbook information, clinical calculators, systematic reviews, and guidelines
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is the leading resource for systematic reviews (SR) in the world. Can search for free and view abstracts and plain language summaries. Some SR can be downloaded for free, others require a fee.
National Guideline Clearinghouse Provides A comprehensive free database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents, an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Browse the database by condition or treatment/intervention
Article on how to do an Effective Search
-a way to organize, document, and track your searches; and to extract key information from studies to build an evidence synthesis. Below are templates of several types of research matrices.