Where To Start: Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-Based Practice Resources for Social Work

What is evidence-based practice (EBP)?

The use of the best available scientific knowledge . . . as one basis for guiding professional interventions and effective therapies, combined with professional ethical standards, clinical judgment, and practice wisdom.
The Social Work Dictionary (5th ed.).

Research Databases

The Case Libraries subscribe to the research databases to give students access to quality research. Please remember to use VPN from off campus when using the research databases. The databases listed below are appropriate starting points for beginning research in evidence-based practice:

Medical subject headings (MeSH) are a useful tool for finding search terms for your topic in CINAHL, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, MEDLINE, and the Library Catalog. Try finding Medical Subject Headings that are relevant to your research question on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website.


This is a sampling of titles on evidence-based practice available at the Harris Library. Please note that any titles that are listed as “MSASS Quick Reference” are available for use in the Harris Library but are not available for check-out. Search the Case Library Catalog for more titles.

Fischer, J. (2009). Toward evidence-based practice: Variations on a theme. Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books. MSASS Stacks HV41.F473 2009

Glicken, M. D. (2005). Improving the effectiveness of the helping professions: An evidence-based approach to practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication. MSASS Stacks RC466.G56 2005

Gray, M., Plath, D., & Webb, S. A. (2009). Evidence-based social work: A critical stance. London; New York: Routledge. MSASS Stacks HV10.5.G73 2009

Janzen, C., Harris, O., Jordan, C., & Franklin, C. (2006). Family treatment: Evidence-based practice with populations at risk (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole. MSASS Stacks HV699 .J36 2006

Newman, T., Moseley, A., Tierney, S., & Ellis, A. (2005). Evidence-based social work: A guide for the perplexed. Lyme Regis, Dorset, England: Russell House. MSASS Quick Reference HV10.5 N49 2005

Roberts, A. R., & Yeager, K. R. (Eds.). (2004). Evidence-based practice manual: Research and outcome measures in health and human services. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. MSASS Quick Reference R728.E94 2004

Roberts, A. R., & Yeager, K. R, (Eds.). (2006). Foundations of evidence-based social work practice. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. MSASS Stacks HV689 .F68 2006

Rubin, A. (2007). Statistics for evidence-based practice and evaluation. Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education. MSASS Stacks RA409.R82 2007

Rubin, A. (2008). Practitioner’s guide to using research for evidence-based practice.
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. MSASS Stacks RC337.R73 2008

Smith, D. B. (Ed.). (2004).
Social work and evidence-based practice
(1st American pbk. ed.). London; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. MSASS Stacks HV40.S6176 2004

Stout, C. E., & Hayes, R. A. (Eds.). (2005). The evidence-based practice: Methods, models, and tools for mental health professionals. Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley & Sons. MSASS Stacks R723.7 .E963 2005

Trotter, C. (2004). Helping abused children and their families: Towards an evidence-based practice model. London; Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. MSASS Stacks HV751.A6 T76 2004

Walker, H. M., Ramsey, E., & Gresham, F. M. (2004). Antisocial behavior in school: Evidence-based practices (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth. MSASS Stacks LB3012.2 .W35 2004

Weisz, J. R. (2004). Psychotherapy for children and adolescents: Evidence-based treatments and case examples. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press. MSASS Quick Reference RJ504 .W355 2004

Print Resources for Evidence-Based Medicine (list compiled by the Cleveland Health Sciences Library)

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Listed below is a selection of journals to use in your evidence-based practice research.

Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. (Also available ONLINE at: Taylor & Francis Online. E-Journal Portal.)

Other Resources

Listed below are selected websites and tools to use in your evidence-based practice research.

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More Information

This list of resources is a good starting point for conducting evidence-based practice research, but it is by no means comprehensive. Please feel free to stop by or call the Harris Library Reference Desk (216-368-2302 or e-mail harrisref@case.edu), or make an appointment with one of the Harris Library Reference Librarians for further assistance. We look forward to working with you!

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