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Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

This tutorial was developed by staff at Duke University Medical Center Library and the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is used with permission by Loyola Notre Dame Library.


Welcome to the Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice tutorial

 This tutorial is intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice. Upon completion of this self-paced tutorial, you will be able to:

  • define Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
  • identify the parts of a well-built clinical question
  • identify searching strategies that could improve PubMed searching
  • identify key critical appraisal issues that help determine the validity of a study

How to use this Tutorial

This tutorial includes five major units. We recommend that you go through them in sequence. They will give you an overview of the Evidence-Based Practice process as well as give you an opportunity to practice with new cases. The five units are:




1. Overview What is EBP?  provides definitions and explains the steps in the EBP process.
2. ASK Asking Clinical Question – introduces you to a patient, illustrates the anatomy of a good clinical question, and defines the types of questions and studies.
3. ACQUIRE Searching the Literature - constructs a well-built literature search based on the PICO and identifies potentially relevant articles.
4. APPRAISE Evaluating the Evidence - identifies criteria for determining the validity of a study selected for our case.
More Info Points you to additional sites for continued study of the EBP process and provides a glossary of terms used in EBP.


Reviewed and Revised July 2017.



This tutorial was developed by staff at Duke University Medical Center Library and the Health Sciences Library at the  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  For information or questions about this tutorial contact Megan Van Noord ( or Lara Handler (

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Directions for Completion

How to navigate through these tutorials:

  • Begin with the tab "Information Resources for Nurses". Review the "Content" and "Hints" for each information source. To practice using the source, click on its name.
  • Next, move on to the "Evidence Based Practice Nursing Resources" tab. This tab will open in a new window. Progress through each section of the tutorial by using the "Back" and "Next" arrows at the bottom of each page, or use the tabs at the top to jump to the next section. Pay close attention to the "Selecting a Resource" page, as that content is included on the quiz.
  • Finish with the "Source Types" page. Review each type of source and its purpose, audience, and creators/authors.
  • When you've reviewed all 3 parts of this tutorial, complete the Research Skills Quiz in Joule.

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