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Health Foundations

Wellness, personal care, communication and health research

Struggling to read that scholarly article?

Research journal articles are written by scholars and researchers, to be read by other scholars and researchers in the field.

If you aren't used to reading these kinds of articles, sometimes the language and experiment details can be difficult to read.

This video will give you some tips, so you don't waste time trying to read through a difficult article, wasting time on information not useful for your assignment.

Not sure what evidence based medicine is? Check out the Search Tips & Tutorials section below.

Note: To find systematic reviews, check the Systematic Reviews: A Few Search Tips tab further down the page for search tips to use in these different databases. Not sure what systematic reviews are? Check out the What kind of study is best? tab further down the page.

Search Tips and Tutorials

Article search tools on the Open web

You can find more of these on the Nursing subject guide under the EBM search tools tab of the Journal Article page.

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Go to the Ask Us page

This video will give you a quick overview of what peer-reviewed articles are.

Click on the purple check marks embedded throughout this article to review the characteristics of a peer-reviewed original research article.

Systematic reviews are among the highest quality information sources available in medicine and health publications.

These analysis are a comprehensive review and analysis of past research in a very specific area of study (usually rigidly defined by researchers along PICO dimensions).

There is a subset within systematic reviews called meta-analyses that are considered even more compelling as an evidence-based information source, as it not only reviews the research but analyses the data obtained from past research.

More information on Levels of Evidence, as well as the Pyramid of Evidence to the right, can be found in:

Louw, G. (2009). Evidence Based practice. In F. Wilson, & M. Mabhala (Eds.), Key concepts in public health. London, UK: Sage UK.

You may also want to consult the description of systematic reviews in:

Holly, C. (2017). Systematic review. In J. Fitzpatrick (Ed.), Encyclopedia of nursing research (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. 

These reference are from the Library's CREDO subscription database, so you will need to enter your KPU login when clicking on the links off campus.

Library Databases

Using LWW Online (this database includes our largest repository of Systematic Reviews - both Cochrane & JBI), click on the Limit option under the search box and select Review Articles

Using CINAHL, select Meta Analysis and/or Systematic Review from the Publication Type menu on the landing page (use the CTRL button on the keyboard to select both from the menu)

Using Medline, select Systematic Reviews from the Publication Type menu on the landing page

Using PubMed, under the Article Types filter in the left-hand column of your search results, select Systematic Reviews and/or Meta-Analysis

Using PsycINFO, select Systematic Reviews from the Methodology menu on the landing page

Search Tools

Note: because these are not databases, there is no Systematic Reviews filter, so you are likely only going to find items where systematic review occurs in the title of article

Using Summon (the big box on the library homepage), include "systematic review" in your search

Using Google Scholar, include "systematic review" in your search