Evidence Based Research Tool


What is this tool for?

Technological advances have changed how students and faculty access information.

Research suggests both groups may overestimate their research and critical thinking skills in acquiring and judging the trustworthiness of the scientific literature.

The EBR tool is designed to guide the user on how to do research about research. Completing all 10 steps in the EBR Tool will guide the user to formulate a researchable question, systematically search the peer-reviewed scientific literature, appraise the studies located, extract, analyze, and synthesize the evidence located to produce what is known as an “Integrated Research Review” (IRR) report.  Many IRR’s are publishable  and may significantly contribute to the diffusion of evidence-based practice to improve clinical care. 

Integrative Research Review poster archive. 


Who created the EBR tool

Dr. JoAnn Long, RN, PhD, NEA-BC joann.long@lcu.edu
Paula Gannaway MLS, MEd paula.gannaway@lcu.edu

Advisors: Dr. Kathleen Stevens, Dr. Cindy Ford, Dr. Cathy Box

The authors acknowledge the support for the project study provided by EquipLCU small grant.
We are also grateful for the LCU Marcom team for their web design expertise.

Please contact us about linking to the EBR tool. Contact the researchers for information on purchasing access to deidentified usage data for institutional research.

Publications about the EBR tool

Dhakal P, Long, J.D. (2017) Enhancing EBP skills of RN-BSN students through academic mentoring in independent study. Worldviews of Evidence Based Nursing. 2017 Aug; 14(4):334-335. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12210.  PMID: 28226186

Long JD, Gannaway P, Ford C, Doumit R, Zeeni N, Sukkarieh-Haraty O, Milane A, Byers B, Harrison L, Hatch D, Brown J, Proper S, White P, Song H.  (2016) Effectiveness of a Technology-Based Intervention to Teach Evidence-Based Practice: The EBR Tool. Worldviews of Evidence Based Nursing. 2016 Feb; 13(1):59-65. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12132.  PMID:26773417

Long, JoAnn D.; Doumit, Rita; Gannaway, Paula; Ford, Cindy. (2014) Outcomes of an Evidence-Based Research (EBR) Tool to teach online research and critical thinking skills  http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335375 

Citations about the EBR tool

  • Sewell. J. (2018). Informatics and Nursing: Opportunities and challenges (6th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Alexander, S. (2016). Sharing Your Knowledge in an Online Environment. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 30(6), 321-323. 
  • Granger, B. B., Rogers, J., Miller, C., Martin, K., & Olson, D. M. (2018). The Language of Data Program: Use of Gaming to Promote Critical Appraisal Skills. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing15(1), 80–82. https://doi.org/10.1111/wvn.12252
  • Ramis, M., Chang, A., Conway, A., Lim, D., Munday, J., & Nissen, L. (2019). Theory-based strategies for teaching evidence-based practice to undergraduate health students: A systematic review. BMC Medical Education, 19(267). doi:10.1186/s12909-019-1698-4.

Who is using the EBR tool

In addition to Lubbock Christian University, those utilizing the EBR tool are from: 

Covenant Medical Center Lubbock, University Medical Center Lubbock, Texas Tech Health Science Center, Northwest Missouri State University, University of Texas, Lebanese American University Byblos Lebanon, Latrobe University-Melbourne Australia, Mbarara University-Uganda Africa, and Norway. 

You can reach out to us if you would like an organizational agreement to provide your own links inside the tool.

Examples of how to cite the EBR Tool

If using any part of the EBR tool listed in any of the 10 steps within the text as: (Long & Gannaway, 2015-2023)

  • In the reference list: Long & Gannaway (2015-2023).  EBR Tool, Step XX [insert the step} ebrtool.com.

If using a link to a website in the EBR tool within the text as: (Cochrane Bias Methods Group, 2014)