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Using and doing research: a novice's guide

This guide has been developed by members of the RCN Research Society for those new to, or returning to research. It focuses on using and doing research. Use this guide to find information resources including books, journal articles and reports.

Last updated: 16/08/2017

Key Resources

RCN Research and Innovation resources
  • The RCN is committed to nurses, midwives, HCAs and APs using knowledge and innovation to transform patient care. This section includes information and resources for those looking to use or develop research to enhance their practice, including links to research funding and training opportunities.
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Steinberg Collection of Nursing Research
  • The aim of the Steinberg Collection is to establish and maintain a comprehensive central reference collection of nursing theses at doctoral level.
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RCN Quality and Safety resources
  • All the latest news on the following: quality improvement, patient safety, evidence-based practice, patient and staff-focused care and eHealth.
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Health Research Agency (HRA)
  • The HRA was established in December 2011 to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research, and to streamline the regulation of research. It also covers current health guidance on research ethics and informed consent.
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Craig P, Dieppe P, Macintyre S, Michie S, Nazareth I, and Petticrew M (2006) Developing and evaluating complex interventions: new guidance, Swindon: Medical Research Council. 
Northway R, Howarth J and Evans L (2015) Participatory research, people with intellectual disabilities and ethical approval: making reasonable adjustments to enable participation, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24 (3-4), pp. 573-581.

Books

Aveyard, H, Sharp, P and Woolliams, M. (2015) A beginner’s guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care Aveyard H Sharp P and Woolliams M (2015) A beginner’s guide to critical thinking and writing in health and social care (2nd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Aveyard H and Sharp P (2013) A beginner’s guide to evidence-based practice in health and social care (2nd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press. Aveyard H and Sharp P (2013) A beginner’s guide to evidence-based practice in health and social care (2nd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Aveyard H (2014) Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide (3rd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press. Aveyard H (2014) Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide (3rd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Barker evidence Barker J H (2016) Evidence-based practice for nurses and healthcare professionals (3rd edition), Los Angeles: Sage. 
de Leeuw  international de Leeuw E, Hox J and Dillman D (2008) International handbook of survey methodology, Lawrence Erlbaum, London. 
Gerrish K, and Lathlean J (2015) The research process in nursing (7th edition), Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Greenhalgh How Greenhalgh T (2014) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine (5th edition), Chichester: Wiley.
Harvey implementing Harvey G and Kitson A (2015) Implementing evidence-based practice in healthcare: a facilitation guide, Abingdon: Routledge.
Jolley Introducing Jolley J (2013) Introducing research and evidence-based practice for nursing and healthcare professionals (2nd edition), Harlow: Pearson.
Lobiondo-Wood  nursing Lobiondo-Wood G and Haber J (2014) Nursing research: methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice (8th edition), St Louis, Mo: Elsevier. 
Lowes Involving Lowes L and Hulatt I (2005) Involving service users in health and social care research, Florence: Taylor and Francis.
Mccormack Practice McCormack B, Manley K and Titchen A (2013) Practice development in nursing and healthcare (2nd edition), Somerset: Wiley.
Moule  Making Moule P (2015) Making sense of research in nursing, health and social care (5th edition), London: Sage. 
Oliver Students guide Oliver P (2010) The student's guide to research ethics (2nd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Rycroft-Malone  Models Rycroft-Malone J, Bucknall T and Pearson A (2010) Models and frameworks for implementing evidence-based practice: linking evidence to action, Somerset: Wiley.
Salkind Statistics Salkind N (2016) Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics (6th edition), Los Angeles: Sage. 

Journal articles

Journals

Journals of interest for the novice researchers. Use these links to see details of availability.

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