Here is a great example of why it's important to critically appraise any research paper you find, even if it's published in a very reputable journal:
Akpan, N.. (2019). Smartphones aren’t making millennials grow horns. Here’s how to spot a bad study. PBS News Hour [website]. Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/smartphones-arent-making-millennials-grow-horns-heres-how-to-spot-a-bad-study
Read the full research article for yourself:
David, S., & Mark, G. (2018). Prominent exostosis projecting from the occipital squama more substantial and prevalent in young adult than older age groups. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 1-7. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-21625-1
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Module 4: Appraise the evidence (Step 3)
This module presents tools & resources to help you evaluate the quality and relevance of scholarly articles (critical appraisal).
Which tool(s) you use will depend on your knowledge and skill level and on the type of evidence you wish to appraise.
Consult your professor(s) to see which tool is required for your course(s).
Intermediate Appraisal: Generic Worksheets
Advanced Appraisal: Worksheet by type of study
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Note: Completing the readings will help you use the tool(s).
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