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
ECU Libraries has access to two journals attempting to assist busy dentists (and dental students) trying to stay current with the literature by publishing critical summaries of recently published research.
Look for them in the journal finder here: