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.
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:
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.
A special note to our off-site students: if you need to use any books in our reference collection, we would be happy to e-mail you selected chapters from the books. E-mail us at email@example.com and let us know if you would like us to send you any chapters.
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