Introduction: Why this book? -- The research report -- When to believe what you read: the sources of credibility -- How to select and read research reports -- Staying organized: studying and recording what you read -- Types of research: an overview -- Reading critically: things to notice and questions to ask -- Appendix A: Annotated bibliography of supplementary readings -- Appendix B: Examples of completed 12-step forms, flowcharts, and explanation scripts -- Appendix C: Questions to ask when critically evaluating a research report -- Appendix D: Statistics: a beginner's guide. "There is virtually no way to complete one's education without encountering a research report. Navigating through the mysteries of reports is the subject of this helpful new volume from the authors of the best-selling Proposals That Work. The authors presume no special background in research, and begin by introducing and framing the notion of reading research within a wider social context. Next they offer insight on when to seek out research, locating and selecting the right reports, and how to help evaluate research for trustworthiness. A step-by-step reading of reports from qualitative and quantitative studies follows, and the final chapters examine in greater detail the different types of research to be encountered and how to examine the research more critically." "Reading and Understanding Research is based on the notion that helping to demystify the process of consuming research will not only make for better students, but will help make for better research. It will be an ideal supplemental text for any novice researcher (and those who teach them) and will appeal across the disciplines."--Back cover.