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Library adds The Joanna Briggs Institute’s (JBI) Evidence Based Practice database of systematic reviews

May 31st, 2016 by Bruce Abbott

The JBI database is available from the following URL:

The Joanna Briggs Institute’s Evidence Based Practice database of systematic reviews complements those found in the Cochrane Library. The Joanna Briggs Institute, an international not-for-profit research and development organization, “develops evidence in various formats for nursing, allied health and medical professionals as well as support information for consumers.” It was established in Adelaide, South Australia in 1996, and collaborates internationally with over 70 entities world-wide.What is included in the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database:

The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database is a comprehensive range of resources including over 3,000 records across seven publication types:

  • Evidence Summaries — Literature reviews that summarize existing international literature on common healthcare interventions and activities
  • Evidence-Based Recommended Practices — Database of procedures that describe and/or recommend practice on various clinical topics
  • Best Practice Information Sheets — Series of information guideline sheets produced specifically for practicing health professionals
  • Systematic Reviews — Comprehensive systematic reviews of international research literature completed by trained JBI reviewers
  • Consumer Information Sheets — Standardized summaries designed just for consumers of healthcare (patients, clients, and care providers)
  • Systematic Review Protocols — Developed by the Collaborating Centers of JBI, which are made up of international experts from over 40 countries from a range of health disciplines
  • Technical Reports — Documentation of all aspects of the development of Best Practice Information Sheets

TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice) Database Premium Trial — through 12/30/2015

November 19th, 2015 by Amy Studer
TRIP Evidence-Based Pyramid

From TRIP Infographic:


Have you tried TRIP? 

The TRIP Database is a publicly available (free) clinical search engine that is “designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.”

TRIP results are organized with easy-to-use evidence based practice filters (e.g., systematic reviews, evidence-based synopses, practice guidelines) to help clinicians quickly identify relevant evidence.  Practice guidelines are drawn from professional, governmental, and non-governmental organizations and are filtered by country, offering a global perspective on practice.


From now until December 30, 2015, Blaisdell Medical Library is offering a trial of TRIP Database Premium.

Test TRIP Database Premium version:

[Trial accessible from networked campus computers, with remote access via the University Library VPN]

A few benefits of a paid TRIP Database Premium subscription:

  • * 100,000 more systematic reviews
  • * linking to UC Davis University Library’s licensed electronic resources, such as full-text articles
  • * enabled ability to export to citation management software

We are interested in your comments!  What do you think about this resource?

SciVal … Experts … Pure

May 29th, 2015 by Mary Wood



.SciVal Experts is now part of Pure

 : an application that scans through Scopus to isolate faculty researcher profile summary data, including research topics and publications

SciVal includes author information such as H index, co-authors, cited papers, journals, grants, and affiliation
Also at the author level, provides trends, similar experts, research network, institutional network, and coauthor network
At department level, provides publications, journals, grants, trends, and institutional and research networks


“In an effort to synergize inter-disciplinary clinical and translational research, UC Davis is committed to using innovative research tools and information technologies to promote collaboration regardless of organizational affiliation or position within the bench-to-bedside-to-population spectrum of science. This expertise portal is a key component of UC Davis mission to catalyze the application of new knowledge and techniques to clinical practice at the front lines of patient care.”



Research profiles include those scientists from the
Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine


More about Pure & SciVal

Nurse Residency Programs: Communication and Compassion

December 12th, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell

Nurse Residency programs are post-baccalaureate programs aimed at not only honing nursing skills among participants, but also help to improve the communication skills of graduates. These programs provide tools for dealing with situations where communication is important, such as demonstrating compassion to a patient and their family.

Rachele Khadjehturian, director of the Graduate Nurse Residency Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, comments, “…interprofessional communication is not a required course in many curriculums, and new nurses and residents have to learn to work together on the job. Unless we teach residents and interns empathy as well as technical skills, it’s hard to know where the future of medicine is headed.”

UC Davis’ own Nursing Residency program stresses critical thinking, leadership skills, communication skills, and professional development, along with other technical aspects of the nursing career.

Find out more at the UC Davis Nursing Residency Program.

Healthcare Standards Directory Online

November 12th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott
Off campus access via VPN:  Healthcare Standards Directory Online

HCS Online is an easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to over 40,000 healthcare standards, practice guidelines, and other official documents. The scope of the database is broad. It includes standards issued by more than 1248 medical societies, professional associations, government agencies, and other health-related organizations. The standards cover a wide range of subjects.

The Healthcare Standards Directory is published by ECRI, Inc.  ECRI is  one of only a handful of organizations designated as both a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization and an Evidence-Based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Bioethics Collection

April 6th, 2010 by Mary Wood

The C. John Tupper Bioethics Library Collection

is a special collection in the Blaisdell Medical Library, located in Sacramento at the UC Davis Medical Center.  The collection consists of books and journals covering every interpretation of the word BIOETHICS.  A sampling of title words creates the following word cloud, illustrating the range and diversity of the growing collection.


While the browse-able physical collection is in the medical library in the middle of the UC Davis Medical Center, the holdings are indexed (by author, title, and subject headings) in the Harvest online catalog and available for borrowing, like most everything in BML.

Titles in the Bioethics Collection


title words: encyclopedias IRB ethics research human subjects stem cells law healthcare bioethics law medical ethics biomedical ethics clinical bioethics ethical issues critical care biomedical research ethics moral medicine palliative care ethics evidence based medical ethics bioethical issues clinical ethics health ethics forensic ethics public health ethics Islamic bioethics ethics bioethics ethics psychiatric research psychiatric ethics ethical patient care ethical dilemmas pediatrics nursing ethics ethics epidemiology Journals Bioethics Cambridge Quarterly Review Healthcare Ethics Hastings Center Report Journal Clinical Ethics Journal Law Medical Ethics American Journal Bioethics

Information for Public Health

March 9th, 2010 by

Web pages at: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce  offer a wonderful array of resources about public health. This page should be a bookmark on the browser of anyone working in public health.

They are “a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.”

Two of their publicity cards offer quick access to useful links for information and they are:

  1. Information Card: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
  2. Information Card: Public Health Resources

Contact Ken Firestein, 530-752-1678 or email – or ask any Librarian for additional help and information.