Where To Start: Evidence-Based Practice

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 research databases listed below are appropriate starting points for beginning research in evidence-based practice.

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing & Allied Health)
    • Use Advanced Search and click the Evidence-Based Practice check box under Limit your results.
    • Other option: Under Publication Type select Critical Path, Evidence-Based Care Sheet, Practice Guidelines, Research, Review, or Systematic Review. You can choose more than one item by holding down the Ctrl key while making your selections.
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    • Try the Advanced Search or the Browse option. You can use appropriate Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms to find information.
    • Also, try all relevant keywords when searching because not all content is categorized under MeSh.
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments
  • PsycINFO
    • You can use the thesaurus to add the subject terms Evidence Based Practice, Treatment Outcomes, Best Practices, or Clinical Trials to your topic search.
    • Another option: first search your topic. Once you have your search results, click Show More under Refine your results on the left-hand side of the results list.
    • On the next screen scroll down to the Methodology menu and select one or more of the following to limit your search results: Empirical Study, Literature Review, Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, Quantitative Study, Treatment Outcome/Clinical Trial.
  • Social Work Abstracts


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!