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Referencing and EBP
Referencing is acknowledging the sources of information used in a resource. As EBP is based around the use of the best available research evidence, referencing is especially important to provide transparency and show diligence in research.
- EBP resources have linked references to allow users to refer back to original sources for clarification or further reading.
- Sources are usually linked in-text, leading to reference information and often access to full text.
- Accessing these linked sources can be useful for students wishing to populate their own reference lists (after reading the originals of course).
- Part of the EBP process is to appraise sources. Accessing and reading the original articles/studies cited can ensure that the findings have been accurately reported.
Note that referencing styles used in EBP resources may not match the required style for your assignments. Common referencing styles for health subjects include APA 7th, Vancouver, and JAMA.
Our APA 7th guide has sample citations for resources mentioned in this guide, including:
Our Vancouver guide includes examples for similar resources on the Health resources page.
For more information on referencing visit the UON Referencing guide.
Referencing database searches?
Students emulating EBP in their assignments are often required to document the search process - detailing the databases and keywords used, the limits applied to the search, the number of results, and so on.
Note that this is not actually referencing - it is common for this to be done in table format or as written text in a 'Methods' section of your assignment. See your assignment instructions (and/or marking rubric) or contact your lecturer for details on how this should be laid out.
More information on documenting searches can be found on our Systematic Reviews guide.
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