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School of Dentistry: Evidence-Based Practice: Resources

Resources to support EBP: EBD

Key Databases


A search system that contains references to scholarly journals in the areas of biomedicine and health. At the heart of this system is the MEDLINE database, a premier collection of citations maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Full-text linking is available for free and subscribed content only. MEDLINE is also available through EBSCO and Ovid.

Briscoe Library has a LibGuide on searching in PubMed

Turning Research Into Practice (TRIP)

A clinical search engine with high-quality research evidence such as systematic reviews, medical images, patient leaflets, and peer-reviewed articles. Note: To link to UTHSC journals, log in and select our institution from the drop-down menu. Full Text: HSCLink will appear under citations.

ADA Center for Evidence Based Practice Database

A database of critical summaries prepared by ADA Evidence Reviewers and maintained under the advisement of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. Arranged by topic and browsable, this database provides immediate access to summaries specific to dental clinical practice. 


The CAT (Critically Appraised Topic) is a structured one-page summary and critique of the best available evidence on a focused question.The CATs are updated as new research is published. This online library rapidly provides users with up-to-date evidence-based answers to over 1000 clinical questions.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Cochrane Library) (2005-present)

Includes full-text systematic reviews (of the highest level) of methodological studies and protocols.

Cochrane Search Cheat Sheet


An evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which synthesizes the most recent medical information into recommendations to aide clinicians in making point-of-care decisions


Evidence based clinical resource that provides unbiased, referenced Clinical Decision Support (CDS) for medication, toxicology, disease, acute care and alternative medicine.

Bestbets- Critical Appraisels

BETs bring the evidence one step closer to the bedside, by providing answers to very specific clinical problems, using the best available evidence. Each Topic answers a carefully worded 3-part question, using a structured approach to finding and reviewing the literature. BETs are designed specifically for Emergency Medicine. The BET method allows the use of lower quality research, and lists the shortcomings of the evidence used. As with other forms of EBM topic review, each BET has a clinical "bottom line" for the busy physician.



American Dental Association (ADA) 

Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation's largest dental association and is the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. 

International Association for Dental Research

(IADR), headquartered in Alexandria, Va.  USA, is a nonprofit organization whose mission includes the advance of research, increase knowledge and to support the communication and application of research findings. 

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

provides licensing, peer assistance, and related information services to licensees

VR and Online Anatomies of Head and Neck

  Virtual Reality Human Visualization Platform


Radiographic, cross-sectional and gross anatomy including head and neck


For further Anatomy Resources see the Core Anatomy Resource LibGuide

Data Repositories

Open Access Resources for Dental Images & Conditions

UTHSCSA Briscoe Library OER Collection:

  • Birgit Junfin Glass Dental Diagnostic Science Collection

University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics:

University of Utah Eccles Health Science Library:

ADA Twitter Feed

Additional Open Access Resources

PLoS :

PLOS was founded in 2001 as a nonprofit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization with a mission to  accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication

*UTHealth Libraries have online, full text access to PLoS publications through the catalog