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Nursing Portal: Best Practice Guidelines

Your gateway to nursing research @ the University Libraries

General Resources on the Web for Finding Guidelines

The following are good starting points for finding practice guidelines in a variety of areas. 

Clinical Databases

The following databases can be used for finding comprehensive clinical information from books, journals, drug monographs, practice guidelines and more. 

To locate practice guidelines, follow the steps below. 

  • Clinical Key
    • Next to the search box in the middle of the page, choose Guidelines from the drop-down menu
      • Type your search terms in the box, and hit Enter
    • Alternately, you can browse the guidelines by choosing Guidelines under the Menu option at the top of the screen
  • UpToDate (for off-campus access, follow these instructions)
    • After accessing a topic in UpToDate, look for guidelines related to that topic under Society Guideline Links (located along the left side of the page)

Journal Literature: PubMed and CINAHL

Guidelines are often published in journals.  To locate guidelines in databases that index journal literature, follow the search tips below. 

    • After conducting a search, click the Show More link on the left side of the search results page under the Publication Date slider
    • From the menu that opens, choose Practice Guidelines under Publication Type and click Search
  • PubMed
    • After conducting a search, choose the Practice Guideline limit under Article Types on the left side of the search results screen
    • If Practice Guideline does not show up as on option under Article Types, click More to add it as a limit