This guide gives 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, 2012, P. 7)."