In the medical and allied health fields, researchers conduct scientifically-designed experiments to answer specific research questions. Each study builds on previous research to add a new piece of evidence to the larger puzzle. The goal of health research is to improve understanding of a particular field or subject area in order to improve technology, care, and decision-making.
Clinical research can usually be found in peer-reviewed sources, such as peer-reviewed journal databases.
Read more about EBP in a peer-reviewed article from Credo Reference..
Peer-reviewed sources are sources that have been reviewed for quality by experts and professionals according to industry best practices. Peer reviewed sources are reviewed before they are published, which is different than many websites. All of the links to library collections are peer-reviewed. This means that you can generally trust information from the library's collections more than the information on the Web.
|Created by health care professionals, health researchers, or other expert||You don't know who wrote the information|
|Reviewed for quality by experts according to professional process|
|Guaranteed to meet the in the field|
Peer-Reviewed Library Collections
NOT Peer-Reviewed Websites
|Nursing Reference Center, Rehabilitation Reference Center||Drugs.com|
|SMART Imagebase||Google Images, YouTube|
|CINAHL Complete||Blogs, discussion forums, social media posts|
Reference sources summarize research information in easy-to-understand articles. You're probably familiar with reference sources like Wikipedia and imdb.com. For evidence-based practice, you'll have to use peer-reviewed health care reference sites. Check out our online reference collections.
Of course we find images and stream videos online all the time from YouTube and social media sites. You want to make sure health care images and videos are professionally created by experts in the field. Check out our online image and media collections.
Peer-reviewed journals are the best source of research evidence. They're where health researchers publish results of research studies testing the effectiveness of drugs, interventions, and practices.
The best peer-reviewed journals aren't usually free, though, so you can't find them through Google. Since the school buys subscriptions, you can access them for free through the library. Check out our peer-reviewed journal collections..