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Henry Ford Hospital Nursing Research Toolkit

This toolkit is a guide for investigators who are interested in planning, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating nursing research projects. Each of the grey tabs represents a page that can be printed.

Review the Literature

To understand what's currently being researched and written about your topic of interest, initiate a preliminary literature search and review several articles before doing a comprehensive literature search. This will help determine if your question should be the basis for a research, EBP, or QI project. 

Sladen Librarians provide free literature search services to Henry Ford Health team members. Submit this form to request a literature search: 

Sharpen Your Search Skills

Check out these articles for more information on how to effectively search the literature:

View the CINAHL tutorial below for tips on how to search the CINAHL database:

CINAHL Search Techniques

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Organize Research As You Go

The search for evidence can lead to an overwhelming amount of information. EndNote 21 is a software program that can be loaded onto your home or work computer to create, manage, and store bibliographic references for easy access and sharing. EndNote 21 is available for installation on both your work and personal computers for Henry Ford Health employees and affiliated students for free from the Sladen Library. 

Explore EndNote 21:

Next Steps....

  1. A comprehensive literature search can be requested from Sladen Library at
  2. Identify articles from your search results that are relevant to your research. 
  3. Refer to the Levels of Evidence tutorial for guidance on evaluating articles.  

Levels of Evidence

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