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Evidence Based Practice: Limits and filters

Using filters

Search filters are designed to help you find clinically relevant research from health databases. They are usually methodological (finding specific publication types or study designs) or subject based (finding articles within specific areas of study). Using filters for a particular topic or methodology may improve your search sensitivity or decrease the number of irrelevant results. Filters are also useful for identifying additional search terms.

Limit your search results by study design using these filters:

Limit your search results by subject area using these filters:

Applying Limits

Databases like Medline and CINAHL allow you to limit your results by publication type, language, publication date, and age group. Use limits to make your search results more relevant to your population. 


Step 4: Planning
a search