When you find your own information, you have to be able to judge its quality for yourself and evaluate whether it is accurate and reliable. In this section you will learn how to critically evaluate the information that you use for your academic work.
Library guide to evaluating internet resources.(PDF 26KB) A simple, easily printed checklist to help you assess the value of internet sites for academic purposes.
An online interactive tutorial giving you some practical advice and help.
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)
CASP helps people to find and interpret the best available evidence from health research.
The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine ( Canada)
The aim of this website is to help develop and evaluate resources that can be used to practise and teach EBM for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education for healthcare professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines. It includes sample scenarios, searches, completed worksheets and Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) for different disciplines.
Evidence Based Mental Health
The CEBMH was established in Oxford as a part of a national network of Centres for Evidence-Based Health Care. Its remit is to promote the teaching of EBHC and to develop, evaluate, and disseminate improved methods of using research in practice. Under ‘Education’ and ‘Critical Appraisal’ there are checklists to help you work through the process of critically appraising a research paper.
How to read a paper
A series of journal articles by Trisha Greenhalgh from the BMJ:
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