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Clinical Practice Guidelines – Evidence to Decision frameworks

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Freely available to read:

Pablo Alonso-Coello et al. GRADE Evidence to Decision (EtD) frameworks: a systematic and transparent approach to making well informed healthcare choices. 2: Clinical practice guidelines BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 30 June 2016)

The GRADE working group has developed Evidence to Decision (EtD) frameworks for different types of decisions and recommendations.

Evidence to Decision (EtD) frameworks help groups of people use evidence in a structured and transparent way to inform decisions in the context of clinical recommendations, coverage decisions, and health system or public health recommendations and decisions.

The article authors describe EtD frameworks for clinical practice recommendations.

Read on!

TIP: Ebooks & our Catalog

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This is just a reminder that not all of our books are in the catalog!

We have a huge collection of e-books that we get through a package subscription – the Ebrary Academic Complete Subscription Collection at

We originally thought we would be able to load these into our catalog, but it wasn’t possible.  You can only find them through the everything search at

or using the e-journals tab and limiting to e-books.  It is an unfortunate situation, but it is the best that our current library catalog can manage.

So please remember to take that extra step if you can’t find a book in the catalog!

Find Information from Free Medical Resources

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Use Clinical eCompanion

Clinical eCompanion is a point-of-care tool for primary care clinicians, especially those without access to subscription databases.

The website searches multiple, free resources at once. Any provider can find patient handouts in multiple languages, clinical practice guidelines, drug interactions, ICD 10 codes, and other essential point of care information without relying on Google or other time consuming search techniques.

Clinical eCompanion was developed by librarians at the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Library System, over the course of three National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region-funded projects that demonstrated the feasibility, usability and validity of the system. The site is now managed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (MAR).

You are invited to take a free 1 hour Clinical eCompanion webinar on June 14th from 12 Noon to 1 pm courtesy of MAR.

Let me know what you think!

Welcome DNP students!

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 Welcome and we are glad you are here!

To make your library research life easier, I have put together a list of high priority links.  You will find most on our Health Sciences Library page, but feel free to bookmark the permalink that follows to get you back to this entry.  It might be handy as the semester goes on. Remember, I am here to help.


Good Databases for Nurses (or browse our selections on the Health Sciences Library page)
You can save your searches – speak to me about what database and how

PubMed Tutorial for Nurses
Learn or enhance your searching skills. You will be glad you did.

Does UB have the Full-text Electronic Journal I am looking for?
Check our robust list by Journal Title

Document delivery and interlibrary loanFast, Free, with Electronic delivery for most items

Do a UB Libraries “Google-like” search

Set up Google Scholar for UB Full text Off-network

HUBNET: clinically-oriented Resources and Tools
Be sure to look at the robust list of electronic books
Also try
Resources by Subject

Download a copy of EndNote
What EndNote is & What it can do for you (90 second video)

Remote Access to Library Resources
Make sure you can access our resources from home – troubleshooting help

Get help with Ask A Librarian or

We have a free scanner!

DNP Capstone Projects
Currently bound paper copies of the capstone projects are held in the School of Nursing’s Student Services and an electronic copy is kept on the School of Nursing’s Sharepoint system. Consider placing them in the UB Institutional Repository

Dissertations at UB and Dissertations Beyond UB

Joanna Briggs Institute Levels of Evidence

Beall’s List – Predatory/Deceptive Open Access Publishing

26 Guidelines at a Glance on Avoiding Plagiarism
Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing

AJN 2015 Book of the Year with a timely title

Postcards of Nursing Digital Gallery
The Zwerdling Postcard Collection will make you smile

Nurses: Writing for Professional Journals

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For new and potential writers in Nursing – Check out this open course “Writing for Professional Journals.”

Patricia Gonce Morton, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Utah College of Nursing Dean, authored the content as part of a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) while participating in the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow program.

The course content includes twelve modules, listed below. Each module has accompanying video instruction, PowerPoint slides, reflection assignments, activity log workbook assignments, and suggested reading lists.

Module 1 – Course Orientation

Module 2 – Facing Excuses: Why We Don’t Write for a Professional Journal

Module 3 – Understanding the Journal Publishing Process

Module 4 – Getting Started: Writing Strategies

Module 5 – Selecting and Focusing a Topic for Publication

Module 6 – Preparing the Outline and Choosing the Manuscript Format

Module 7 – Picking a Journal for the Manuscript

Module 8 – Determining Authorship and Writing a Query Letter

Module 9 – Making Time to Write and Avoiding Writer’s Block

Module 10 – Writing the First Draft and Submitting to the Editor

Module 11 – Responding to Feedback from the Editor

Module 12 – Reviewing Manuscripts for Publication

Happy writing!

Top Resources

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

As the gold standard in nursing research, CINAHL provides comprehensive coverage of journal literature in the nursing and allied health fields.  More Info
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Nursing Reference Center Plus

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Extremely comprehensive, MEDLINE is the leading resource for locating biomedical journal articles. It contains significant nursing and nursing-related research and complements CINAHL.  More Info
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Journals@Ovid Full Text

Scientific, medical & technical-related research; full-text emphasis is biomedical, nursing, and psychology-related research.  More Info
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Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR)

Provides full-text article and topic reviews. EBMR is an excellent source for evidence based nursing research.  More Info


Comprehensively covering the professional and scholarly literature in psychology and psychiatry, PsycINFO is useful for behavioral-related research applicable to nursing.  More Info

Web of Science Core Collection

This multidisciplinary resource searches several top tier nursing journals. It allows searching of journal articles that cite an author or work, thus, fast-forwarding your research.  More Info
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Allied & Complementary Medicine (AMED)

This resource searches a selection of journals in complementary or "alternative" medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine.  More Info
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EMBASE via Elsevier

Covers the effects, use, and administration of all current, potential and experimental drugs, side effects, manufacturers, and trade names of approved and prospective drugs.  More Info
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ScienceDirect - (Elsevier)

Provides full-text access to several journals in nursing.  More Info
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Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

Provides access to information on evaluation and measurement tools used in the health sciences.  More Info
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Lexi-Comp Online (HUBNET)

Contains up-to-date drug information, dosage information, natural product information and drug toxicology information.
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Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports allows you to evaluate and compare scholarly journals in all areas of the sciences and social sciences. Results can be used to determine which journals are the most important and influential in their respective disciplines.  More Info
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Journals@OVID Full Text

A collection of full-text journals in the medical and health-related fields.  More Info
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Health sciences books content with browsable nursing library.  More Info
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National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. Includes links to some full-text documents.  More Info
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Nursing Measurement Tools and Instruments

Cataloging / finding aid of tools used by UB School of Nursing Faculty in their research endeavors. Items may be browsed ON-SITE only in the Center for Nursing Research. Items are not digitized due to copyright restrictions.  More Info
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Search engine and database of peer-reviewed and evidence-based clinical information resources designed to support physician patient care decisions. More Info

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A searchable version of the Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health is contained in this resource. More Info

HUBNET Resources - Electronic Books

Provides a multitude of online reference textbooks in medicine and related fields.

Nursing Reference Center Plus

A comprehensive reference tool designed to provide relevant clinical resources to nurses and other health care professionals. More Info


Designed to provide practical, concise information needed at the point of care, UpToDate provides evidence-based answers to commonly asked questions in clinical practice.