I’ve always held that unless you keep searching through all the latest research, then you cannot form good evidence-based practice for running your life or your business.  Finding the evidence for ‘what works’ (and also what doesn’t) is essential.

For example, innovation in business depends not just on creativity but also implimentation. Research evidence suggests that there are ways to increase the chances of successful innovation. Emotional Intelligence has long been put forward a way of improving individuals and teams, but the evidence for  which parts work and which do not is only just beginning to come through.

Some of the following resources may assist you to follow up on your own interests and find the evidence to guide your decisions on the way ahead.

For student members and above, the British Psychological Society gives access to many journals of psychology through their website. They say, “PsychSource is a searchable gateway to the British Psychological Society’s 11 journals and books programme, plus 32 other key psychology journals, together with multimedia resources. It also provides access to EBSCO Discovery Service and links to a multitude of other BPS resources supporting research, teaching and practice.”

Also, the ‘Access to Research’ initiative enables access to a wide range of academic journals through UK public libraries. Check if your local library is listed in the scheme on the link below – if so, it may be worth calling in as many publishers are part of the scheme:

http://www.accesstoresearch.org.uk/about

Another thing to check is if any universities/colleges you may have attended in the past offer their Alumni the opportunity to access their libraries or online academic resources. Often a subscription involved.

In addition, the American Psychological Association (APA) has extensive research resources.  There’s a clear description of their services and fees here:

http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/subscriptions/index.aspx

Hope this helps track down the kinds of things you’re looking for!

Roger Hardman, Innovation Facilitator

Excellence Psychology.

An evidence-based approach – Resources