This is the first course in the course series on research in occupational therapy. The course will explore the theme of building scientific knowledge as the basis for disciplinary development, and using research evidence to answer clinical questions. Because the profession of occupational therapy is guided by ethics and is accountable to external constituents, research evidence must guide the occupational therapy process that is used in practice. The steps in the research process that includes generating a question, reviewing the existing literature, and designing a study that produces evidence to help answer the question, will be reviewed. Students will learn how to search the literature for books, journals, electronic databases and websites that provide data to answer important clinical questions. Course activities will include analyzing peer-reviewed articles from occupational therapy journals for type of design, study methodology, outcomes measured, clinical utility, and level of research evidence achieved.