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An introduction to searching the literature in evidence-based medicine, with resources organized into "pyramid" models.

Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorials

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine

From Duke University Medical Center Library and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library.

SUNY Health Sciences Evidence-Based Medicine Course

Fledgling researchers, flummoxed physicians, and frazzled consumers will benefit from this exceptionally clear and well-written electronic class. Understandable explanations of study types comprising The Evidence Pyramid can be found in A Guide to Research Methods.

Searching for Evidence 101

You will learn how to complete a focused but comprehensive literature search using keywords, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and Boolean search logic. and also how to create an account for automatic updates on given topic.

Local Resources on Evidence-Based Medicine

EBM Tutorial with Videos

Evidence-based medicine video tutorial offered by the UPenn Health Science Libraries.


This guide was developed by Ashley Lierman with input from Medical Librarians at the University of Pennsylvania.  Additional acknowledgements can be found at the bottom of individual guide pages.

Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine is an approach to medical practice that revolves around the use of the best available clinical evidence when making treatment decisions about individual patients. One of the biggest challenges of evidence-based medicine is locating and identifying the best available clinical evidence, and determining which resources to use when gathering evidence. A number of systems have been developed for the identification of best evidence resources for clinical evaluation, most of them in the form of "pyramid" diagrams, with the most comprehensive and rigorously-researched evidence resources at the top and the least at the bottom. This guide will provide two of these diagrams, with links to the resources available through the University of Pennsylvania Libraries that fall under each of the categories. Links to general tutorial sites on evidence-based medicine are also available, for your further education.


Use the tabs at the top of the guide or the links below to view the two EBM pyramids available.

Go To The Resources

Evidence-Based Medicine Information Sites

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (Oxford University)

The Centre promotes evidence-based health care and provides support and resources to anyone who wants to make use of them. Includes the EBM Toolbox, an assortment of materials which are very useful for practitioners of EBM, and EBM Teaching Materials, including PowerPoint presentations.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (Toronto)

Includes many resources for practicing and teaching EBM.

Evidence-Based Medicine at Duke

This site is designed to assist faculty, house staff, and students in understanding and teaching the principles involved in practicing EBM. The site includes several units: General Information, Building Questions, Searching Literature, Appraising Evidence, Calculating Results, and Internet Resources. It includes teaching tools, tips and critical appraisal forms.

Netting the Evidence

From the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield, UK. A Google-based search engine, searching 107 web sites associated with the methodology of evidence-based practice.

Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, 2nd Edition

An online book with worksheets and study tools, offered by JAMAevidence.

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