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Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Guide

This guide is intended to aid in the research of evidence-based practice in the nursing, allied health and medical fields.

Subject Guide

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Jane Wu
Courtright Memorial Library

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH 43081

My Ebsco Folder

Ebsco will not store your searches unless you register for a My Ebsco Account.

You dont have to have a "my Ebsco" account to use any of the Ebsco databases but if you would like to store your articles, citations and search history in Ebsco this is an option.

You may store searchs in folders and then email the entire thing to yourself or SAVE them to a file on your PC or a memory stick.



CARDINAL CARDS - It is impossible to access any OhioLink databases without a currrent Cardinal Card.  Cards will be mailed to you after you are enrolled in class.  If your card is not working, you can email the library at or call the Circulation Desk at 614-823-1215.

** When you are OFF CAMPUS.  You may search the OPAL catalog for books and materials immediately. When you click on any database to search for articles the Otterbein web site will ask you for your user name and password.  This is the same one you use for your Otterbein Web Mail. Remember it is Case-specific. So if your password has capital letters in it, type it in exactly.   

** When you are in Ohiolink or the EJC (Electronic Journal Center) You will be asked to choose an institution (Otterbein) and for your name and your Barcode number.  This is your Cardinal Card number that starts with 7777-- enter all 16 digits.

On Campus - Cardinal Card Office
The Cardinal Card office is located inside the front doors of the Campus Center. This card is your official student identification at Otterbein College.

Phone: (614) 823-3202

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.(Special evening hours will be available at the beginning of each quarter. Notices will be posted or call in advance. Hours may vary during exams, summer and holidays.) 


** Disable and turn off ALL pop blockers on your home/office PC

 JAMA No longer requires a password from the library.

ARCHIVES OF PEDIATRICS & ADOLESCENT MEDICINE - Please call the Reference Desk 614-823-1984 - Currently our subscriptions require a special password for access. 

Interlibrary Loan Option

Distance Education Students: Access to Journals in Otterbein's Library


We can send interlibrary loan articles directly to your email account. Additionally, the interlibrary loan department will provide distance education students with articles from print journals owned by Otterbein. These articles will also be delivered to your email account.


What you must do:

1. You must be able to access the online ILL form. This requires a cardinal card.

2. You must indicate that you are a distance education student in the cited in: field.


This service is only for distance education students who are unable to regularly come to campus. Any requests for locally owned articles made by faculty, staff, or non-distance learning students are automatically cancelled. The only way we know you are distance education is if you indicate your status on the ILL form.

3. Email. We prefer that you use your Otterbein email account. However, if you have a preferrred address (such as you can enter that information in the Cited in: field as well. If for any reason your preferred address does not work, we will then send the article to your Otterbein account. For more information about accessing your Otterbein Email account go to