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Evidence-Based, Quantitative and Qualitative Research

This guide is a basic introduction to finding Nursing and health literature which is either evidence-based practice, qualitative studies or quantitative studies.

PubMed

Evidence-Based Practice

  1. Click ADVANCED SEARCH

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  1. Format your search using keywords
    Our example using the MeSH term "asthma"
  2. Add the additional term "Evidence based practice" (you could also use "evidence based medicine or evidence based nursing, etc.) in the second box, AND,
    Select "Mesh terms" in the ALL FIELDS drop down

 

  1. Click SEARCH.
  2. On the search results page, under TEXT AVAILABILITY, Click "FREE FULL TEXT" (there should now be a checkmark beside it) this will limit your results to just free full text (others may just be summaries or you have to pay a fee to access the full text). 

 

QUANtitative Studies

  1. Click ADVANCED SEARCH

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  1. Format your search using keywords
    Our example using the MeSH term "asthma"
  2. Add the additional term "quantitative studies" (in quotation marks) in the second box, AND,
    Select "Mesh terms" in the ALL FIELDS drop down.

  1. Click SEARCH.
  2. You must add specific limiters to your search results to locate isolate the quantitative studies.
    1. Under ARTICLE TYPES, Click "CUSTOMIZE"  -- there will be a pop-out that will give more options, check the following types then click SHOW:
    • Clinical Trial
    • Comparative Study
    • Controlled Clinical Trial
    • Evaluation Studies
    • Meta Analysis
    • Randomized Controlled Trial
    • Systematic Review
    • Twin Study
    • Validation Studies
    1. Under TEXT AVAILABILITY, Click "FREE FULL TEXT" (there should now be a checkmark beside it)

QUALitative Studies

  1. Click ADVANCED SEARCH

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  1. Format your search using keywords
    Our example using the MeSH term "asthma"
  2. Add the additional term "Qualitative studies" (in quotation marks) in the second box, AND,
    Select "Mesh terms" in the ALL FIELDS drop down.

  1. Click SEARCH.
  2. On the search results page, under TEXT AVAILABILITY, Click "FREE FULL TEXT" (there should now be a checkmark beside it) this will limit your results to just free full text (others may just be summaries or you have to pay a fee to access the full text). 

 

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