This book is part of the Anatomy series, published by Sigma Theta Tau International, that uses the concept of anatomical structure and function to develop the content. The foundation of the book rests on distinguishing research from quality improvement and evidence-based practice, with additional discussion about where these 3 components intersect.

Many well-known names in the world of nursing research have authored chapters in this book. Their contributions are significantly supported by the inclusion of a medical librarian who coauthored the chapter on conducting the literature search and review. In addition to the process of conducting research, the book includes legal and ethical aspects, research involving special and vulnerable populations, where to find funding, and the impact of the Internet and social media on the conduct of research.

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