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Best resources to quickly find high quality information for the medical researcher.


CMA Infobase: Clinical Practice Guidelines : This Canadian Medical Association database provides access to nearly 2000 clinical practice guidelines produced or endorsed in Canada. It offers a number of search and browse capabilities, including a search by MeSH terms under the Basic Search option.

United States

National Guideline Clearinghouse : A public database of evidence based clinical practice guidelines. The NGC is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the US. The site has a detailed search interface that offers options for limiting and allows comparison of guidelines.

International Guidelines

Search for guidelines in medical databases

Medline (OVID)

  • Once the search is complete, click on "More Limits"; scroll down to "Publication Types"; click on "Practice Guideline"; click on "Limit A Search"; the limit applies to the last search, unless otherwise specified


  • Click on "Limits" tab; under "Publication Types", click on "Practice Guideline"; this will limit every subsequent search to practice guidelines, therefore, remember to remove the limit if no longer searching for guidelines


  • Use the heading "Practice Guidelines"


  • Use the "Guidelines" bars in green on the right to see practice guidelines from around the world

Search for guidelines in the library catalogue



Example 1: neurology practice guidelines

Example 2: clinical guidelines

Example 3: family practice guidelines