Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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226 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309910
New Edition Forthcoming | Fall 2021


Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice introduces students to fundamental research concepts that will enable them to think critically about research and to recognize effective methods for understanding and utilizing research for practice. Rather than outlining methods for conducting research, this textbook outlines skills for engaging with research literature, including how to frame and organize knowledge, interpret and evaluate evidence using qualitative and quantitative approaches, distinguish between research and other forms of information, and implement “best evidence” practices.

Offering a wealth of exercises, recommended readings, online resources, and in-class activities, this textbook satisfies the need for practical, beginner-level resources in research literacy courses across health studies disciplines.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes



Chapter 1
Introduction to Research Literacy for Health and Community Practice

Chapter 2
What Are Knowledge and Evidence?

Chapter 3
How Is Research Framed and Organized, and How Are Ethics Applied?

Chapter 4
How Do I Search the Evidence for Practice?

Chapter 5
How Do I Approach the Appraisal of a Research Paper?

Chapter 6
How Do I Understand and Interpret Qualitative Research Papers?

Chapter 7
How Do I Understand and Interpret Quantitative Research Papers?

Chapter 8
How Do I Know What Is Best Evidence for Practice?

Chapter 9
How Do I Use Research in Practice?

Further Resources and Links


Appendix A: Practice Exam Questions

Appendix B: Learning Activities



Instructor Resources

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