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NH-720 Research for Clinical Practice

Welcome to the NH 720 research guide!

The knowledge, tutorials, and links on this guide will help you learn how to use the library's tools to prepare your literature review paper. You will also learn about the process of research and how it relates to Evidence Based Practice. Librarians are happy to consult with you on your project. Simply Ask a Librarian if you'd like to send us a question or make an apppintment.

Evidence based practice (EBP) is "...applying the best available research results (evidence) when making decisions about health care. Health care professionals who perform evidence based practice use research evidence along with clinical expertise and patient preferences." - AHRQ

When designing clinical research, you will try to find the available evidence on your topic so that you can determine what research still needs to be done. That evidence will include individual studies, as well as critically appraised topics, systematic reviews, and even practice guidelines. You will also need to appraise the evidence that you find. The information below will help you visualize the process of EBP searching and clinical research. There is supplementary information on the Research Fundamentals tab. The remaining tabs have additional helpful resources for searching, writing and citing.

Demo Search

If you'd like to follow along with the in class search, copy and paste the query below into PubMed's search box:

(diabetes) AND ("type 2" OR "adult onset") AND ("Health literacy" OR "Patient education" OR "Health communication" OR "Educational intervention") AND ("Glycemic control" OR "Medication adherence" OR "Medication self-efficacy" OR A1C)

D2L Self-Enroll Library Workshops

Selected Bellack Library Workshops now available as D2L courses. Short videos, small quizzes throughout. Work through content at your own pace. Self-enroll for asynchronous librarian guidance. 


  • APA 7 Workshop -- Learn basics of 7th edition APA format, including parenthetical (in-text) citations, and reference lists.

  • Zotero Workshop -- Learn how to use Zotero citation management software. Free to download. Format citations and reference lists in two clicks. Attach screenshots, PDFs, notes, and interrelationships to your sources.

  • Mastering Keyword Searching Workshop -- Level up your database searching skills with this workshop. Learn how to  methodically search for evidence to support a clinical decision or research paper.

  • Covidence Workshop -- Learn how to use Covidence, software that expedites your review from screening through data extraction. Recommended for those working on systematic or scoping reviews.


For synchronous workshops, see our Events Calendar

Databases and Search Engines

Individual databases have advanced features to help make your searches more successful. If OneSearch isn't giving you great results, try a database like PubMed, CINAHL or one of the many other ones we have instead.