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Social Work: Evidence-Based Practice  

This guide is designed to give you tips for finding evidence-based sources for your research.
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This guide is meant to give social work students an overview of how to find research articles, books, and web sites that contribute to evidence-based practice.


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The Evidence-Based Social Work Skills Book - Barry R. Cournoyer
Call Number: HV11.C782
ISBN: 0205358624
Publication Date: 2003-09-12

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Evidence-Based Practice for the Helping Professions - Leonard E. Gibbs
Call Number: R728.G53
ISBN: 0534539238
Publication Date: 2002-07-15

Evidence-Based Practices for Social Workers - Thomas O'Hare
Call Number: HV689.C43
ISBN: 0925065684
Publication Date: 2005-07-01


What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice is a "process for making practice decisions in which practitioners integrate the best research evidence available with their practice expertise and with client attributes, values, preferences, and circumstances (Rubin, 2008, P. 7)."

Rubin, A. (2008) Practitioner's Guide to Using Research for Evidence-Based Practice. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.


How to use this Guide

Research that informs evidence-based practice comes from several sources. These sources include, peer-reviewed journal articles, randomized clinical trials, and clinical trials. Occasionally, books and selected websites can be good sources of reliable, evidence-based information.

Please note that many of these sources overlap. For example, many peer-reviewed journals are based on a randomized clinical trial, and articles reporting on a randomized clinical trial are often peer-reviewed.

Because many of these sources overlap, we recommend that you look at the guide's sections in the following order:

  1. Peer-Reviewed Articles
  2. Forms of Evidence
  3. Searching for Evidence in Journals
  4. EBP & Books
  5. Selected Websites

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