What Am I Looking At?
Often, you can use the same procedures you used to create your research question when analyzing a study. Is the study answering a background question or a foreground question? Can you identify the PICO or PICOT of the study? When were the outcomes of the study determined?
Should I Use This Resource?
When evaluating a source to determine if you should include it in your analysis, ask yourself the following questions:
Validity vs Reliability
When you examine a study, you will want to determine if it is valid and reliable. Ideally, the studies you use should be both valid and reliable.
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There are plenty of checklists out there to critically appraise medical research:
Check out how to appraise literature and all types of studies using this playlist from Dr. Terry Shaneyfelt