Evaluating research articles

Evaluating research articles

Once you have done your literature search and found some research articles, you need to review them. This checklist will mainly apply to articles, you may find that other items such as focus group reports will not fit into the categories given. In this case, you can move on to the next question in the list. If you are not sure how to deal with a certain format, please talk to your tutor. This list has been updated with material provided by the SCEBE Learning Development Centre. Here is a general list of key questions:

Who were the researchers?
  • State who they are
  • Comment on them if they seem unusual candidates to do the research
  • Are there any potential conflicts of interest?
  • Who supported the research? Some research on the nutritional value of a type of food may be supported by an industry organisation rather than an academic institution. This may affect the findings of the study.
What is the research about?
  • Does the title reflect the content?
  • Does the abstract provide a full summary of the article content?
  • State in your own words the question, aim, or objectives and the hypothesis (quantitative only) of the study
  • Do the authors make all of the above clear?

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SMILE - How to assess a research article by GCU School of Health and Life Sciences modified by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.