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Evidence-Based Practice and Systematic Reviews for Librarians

Guide to using principles of evidence-based practice when supporting clients developing systematic reviews. This guide incorporates a range of health and medical disciplines.

About This Guide

Evidence Based Practice

The aim of the course is to help you understand and use the principles of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) when assisting clients with their literature searches, and in particular supporting clients' systematic reviews. The program consists of two parts (EBP and systematic reviews) and will use a blended learning approach where you are required to complete readings and other learning activities before or after classes. There are 3 face to face meetings: Wednesday 14th May, Tuesday 27th May and Friday 29th May. The learrning outcomes for the EBP part of the program are:

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify principles of evidence-based practice applicable to a range of disciplines (eg: allied health, medicine, psychology, education, social sciences, etc)

2. Develop searchable questions using the PICO format (and its modifications, eg PIO, PICOT)

3. Search a range of literature in an iterative way to answer PICO-formulated questions.

4. Apply knowledge of levels of evidence and study design to the searching and appraisal of literature

5. Use critical appraisal principles to determine the validity of a study

6. Identify roles and opportunities for librarians to support evidence-based practice


1. Competence in using the advanced search features of the key databases in your disciplines

2. Familiarity with advanced features of the Ovid platform when using Medline, Embase or PsycINFO.

3. Competence in using EndNote to  manage and communicate search results

This guide contains all of the learning resources you will need to successfully complete the course Evidence-Based Practice and Systematic Reviews for Librarians

EBM and the Medical Librarian

The following course notes from this distance education program are an excellent source of learning resources for librarians.

Authors: Connie Schardt, Medical Center Library, Duke University Medical Center

Angela Myatt: Ut Health Sciences Center, San Antonio