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Evidence-Based Practice Websites

EBP gathers together research evidence and the advice of experts.  Below are links to some good, free resources: 

Cochrane Reviews  Summaries from the Cochrane Library, a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine research.

The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)  A comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents.

Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

General Nursing Websites

About Health Careers  Newsy website that shares information on being a nurse. Maintained by a paid nurse moderator.

ANA The American Nurses Association (ANA) represents America's registered nurses (RNs).

Human Anatomy Online  “Animations, 100’s of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links.”

National Center for Health Statistics  The nation’s principal health statistics agency.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN)  The association that is responsible for the NCLEX tests.

National Institute of Nursing Research  This government institute "supports clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the lifespan."

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) MidContinental Region (MCR)  Colorado Health Information, Community Health, Rural Health, Teens and Children, Seniors, Minority and Underserved, Informacion en Español, Emergency Planning and Preparedness, Insurance and Licensing, Grant Information, Demographics, and Colorado Libraries

National Student Nurses' Association Mentors the professional development of future registered nurses and facilitates their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance.

NCLEX-RN Exam Review Guide Provides over 85 pages of guidance covering what you need to know as you prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam.

Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow  Coalition of 43 nursing and health care organizations working together to wage a communications campaign to attract people to the nursing profession.

PDRHealth  PDRhealth is the consumer web portal of the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR®), which has provided trusted and authoritative drug and clinical information to physicians for over 60 years.

Medline Medical Encyclopedia  Includes diseases, symptoms, injuries and more with photographs and illustrations.

Evaluating Websites

Before you use a website for a paper or project, you should evaluate it and make sure it is appropriate for your class research. You can use the CRAAP test to help you determine if your source is a good one. 

An image of the CRAAP scorecard which can be downloaded as a PDF below

CRAAP scorecard for evaluating sources. The categories for scoring include:

  • currency
    • when was the information published or updated?
  • relevance
    • does this source answer your research or assignment questions?
  • authority
    • who is the author or publisher and can you verify his or her credentials?
  • accuracy
    • are the statements or facts backed up with evidence and sources?
  • purpose
    • is the information unbiased and impartial?

Each category can be scored from one to ten with one being the low score and ten being the high score. The higher the total score, the more reliable the website may be. Any source scoring below thirty might not be considered acceptable for academic research.

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