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Clinical Nursing Guide to Library Resources

Highlighted resources, search tips and tricks, how to request assistance

Clinical Branch Libraries

Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library has four clinical branches available for your research and information needs. See the link for more information

IMPORTANT: When accessing library resources on the branch library computers, do not use your VDI or VDT.  Open a browser and direct to  The computers in the branches are set to automatically log in to university access.  This will allow you to access resources licensed to Emory University as well as Emory Healthcare.  You should not be prompted to enter in your NetID and password when accessing resources on a Clinical Branch computer.

How To

Highlighted Library Resources

PICO and formulating your search

Use PICO(T) to develop your question and identify keywords to search.

You must have at least three concepts to develop an effective search.  Most likely you may not have a comparison to your intervention.

PICO(T) stands for:

  • Population/ Patient Problem: Who is your patient? What is your population? What is the problem?
  • Intervention: What are doing for the patient?  What therapy? Treatment?
  • Comparison: Are you looking at an alternative for your intervention?  You may or may not have a comparison in your PICO
  • Outcome: What outcome are you working towards?  Length of stay?  Patient satisfaction?
  • *Time The time frame of interest.   Five years? Ten days?   Only include if time is relevant to your question.


What is the effectiveness of early ambulation, compared to bed rest, on decreasing post-op DVTs in adult patients.