Title: Reading Research, Fifth Edition
Author: Barbara Davies and Jo Logan
Publisher: Elsevier Mosby, 2012
Reviewer: Dr Jo Wilson,senior research fellow, Newcastle University
What was it like?
An excellent practical resource, which is user-friendly and helpful for understanding and reading research. It provides useful tips; exercises and weblinks to further enhance the understanding within the book. The authors take a clear step-by-step approach through the steps of reading research reports clearly highlighting areas of importance with useful tips, alerts and text boxes summarising the main points. They demonstrate the differences between quantitative and qualitative research. The section on methods of research was particularly enjoyable and a useful introduction to those new to research.
What were the highlights?
The highlights are the simplicity of the book in terms of how it has been practically applied and the level of enhanced understanding for those new or in the early stages of research. It also provides an excellent reference book for those already undertaking research with good reminders and clear explanations.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The strengths are in the clarity and application that are enhanced by the authors supported by practical worksheets, which can be downloaded for the users to apply when reading research reports. There is also a good glossary of terminology and a bibliography for further reading.
Who should read it?
This book would be useful to healthcare professionals new to and experienced in research who want to enhance their understanding in reading research reports and undertaking their own research.