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Evidence Based Medicine

A collection of all Sladen Library resources on the subject of evidence-based medicine.

How to Critically Appraise a Research Article: Tools & Checklists

Critical appraisal is an important step in the EBM process. Critical appraisal is the "process of carefully and systematically examining a research report to judge its trustworthiness, make sense of the results, and assess the relevance of findings in a particular context." (

Using a critical appraisal tool or worksheet to examine research articles ensures that all research used in clinical decision-making is evaluated by the same standards and criteria. 


JAMAevidence is an online resource that provides guides and tools to help you learn how to interpret medical literature in an evidence-based manner and apply EBM into daily practice in order to improve clinical decisions.

Access Users' Guides to the Medical LiteratureThe Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis, EBM glossaries, education guides, critical appraisal worksheets, and more in JAMAevidence.