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This practical beginner-level introduction to health sciences research is ideal for both students and health professionals. It assumes the reader has little or no experience with analyzing published research, and provides guidelines for reading and understanding research articles, as well as information about important elements of published research (e.g., research methods, common terminology, data analysis and results). The book also briefly discusses how research results can be used and applied to practice. Concise overview of health sciences-related research - a fast read for students looking to maximize study time Easy-to-read conversational style - simplified style encourages students Helpful, succinct tips - useful, practical advice for those who are new to the subject An accompanying website provides up-to-date links for relevant research projects and other research-related sites, and offers Reader's Companion Worksheets Expanded Chapters 2 and 3 now include more on mixed method research New information about systematic reviews including an example of how to read a forest plot Descriptive and interpretive phenomenology is explained. NEW: Includes brief discussion about using social media to find research NEW: Interactive forms on accompanying website