Read this book: How to Read a Paper

For childbirth educators and other birth professionals who want to learn more about how to read, understand, and critique research studies, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I just discovered the other day that a new edition has been released. I also just discovered my ratty copy of my 2nd edition has gone missing (probably because it’s a favorite to lend out from my personal library). I think I’ll buy a copy of the 3rd edition and make sure to write my name in it.

It’s 40 bucks well spent. I don’t know another author who can make research methods and statistics this engaging and clear to read.

Don’t forget our Understanding Research series, too!

How to read a paper


  1. avatar
    Andrea Lythgoe
    July 15th, 2010 at 12:49 | #1

    I have a well used copy of this book as well – highly recommend it!

  2. July 16th, 2010 at 09:59 | #2

    Don’t just write your name in it, though. Write, “Stolen from Amy Romano” in it. That should do the trick! :-)

  3. July 16th, 2010 at 10:27 | #3

    That probably would do the trick! I actually recently bought these bookplates for my kids and have started affixing them to some of my favorite lending books. Although, come to think of it, those have gone missing too. ;)

  4. July 16th, 2010 at 11:57 | #4

    I love “how to read a paper” – it may be behind a subscription wall, but BMJ has a bunch of pieces of it online, too, if folks have access to that.

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    July 16th, 2010 at 13:36 | #5

    I have not read this book yet.
    Thanks for the recommendation.

    I loan books all the time to other doulas and clients, what works for me is I write
    Please return to:
    my name.
    phone number.
    address in them.

    Miraculously I get my books back!

  6. July 17th, 2010 at 12:39 | #6

    Yes, Henci recommended this book to me a while ago. It’s a good one!

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