Understanding and using evidence for SLT

Once you have found useful articles or other sources of information, it can sometimes be tricky to interpret them or work out how to use them in your assignments.

Useful books

These books contain really useful information on how to understand, interpret and use information in your assignments.

How to Read a Paper - Trisha Greenhalgh
Shelfmark: 616.075/GRE
An excellent book which goes into detail about how to assess and interpret medical research. Possibly not for the beginner.

Evaluating Research Articles from Start to Finish - Robert I. Kabacoff and Ellen R. Girden
Shelfmark: 001.4/GIR
This book uses example articles to break down the process of evaluating and interpreting the evidence. The examples are drawn from a wide range of disciplines including health care, education and psychology.

Reading and Understanding Research - Lawrence F. Locke, Stephen J. Silverman and Waneen Wyrick Spirduso
Shelfmark: 001.4/LOC
This book is designed for the beginner, explaining why research reports are important as well as detailing how to understand them.

How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays - Jeanne Godfrey
Shelfmark: 808.02/GOD
This book covers what to do with the information once you've found it and understood it. How to incorporate it into assignments, including when/how to quote, paraphrase, summarise etc.


You must always reference all your sources of information in all assignments. For this course, you are expected to use Harvard referencing. The best guide available is Cite Them Right - available electronically through CCCU Blackboard and LibrarySearch or the Greenwich Portal, and also as a book in the library at 808.066/PEA - be sure to get the most recent edition! This tells you how to reference everything from books and journal articles to web pages, statues and marriage certificates. If you find referencing tricky, I would advise buying this book (it only costs about £10). We have lots of copies in the library, but they are in constant use!

There are also online tools available to help you manage your references. Refworks is available through CCCU LibrarySearch (guides are available), or there are free tools such as Endnote Web or Mendeley. Refworks is set up to include a CCCU-specific referencing style which mirrors Cite Them Right.

Can I help?

If you need some help finding information, working out what's good and what's not on the web, or managing your references, I can help. As the librarian who supports your subject, it is my job to help you with everything connected with the library, whether that's the books on the shelves, or all the electronic information we have access to.

Telephone : 01634 883446
E-mail contact form (choose Health)
Twitter : @dhldavidb

Other sources of help

Both Universities provide help on academic writing, critical thinking and other aspects of study. For information on what's available, see the Drill Hall Library's study skills page.

See also Understanding Health Research, an excellent tool created by academics in conjunction with the Medical Research Council.

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