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How to Critically Analyze a Research Paper

Dr. Amanda Welch

The mindset of a scientist should always be skeptical—of their own work—and that of their peers. Does the evidence hold up? Can additional experiments be done to test the hypothesis? Are there any holes in the data?

Therefore, critical analysis of research papers is a crucial tool in your toolbox as a scientist. You scour all the scientific databases to find articles related to your topic, and you finally find the one that fills in the missing gaps. But how can you tell if the article contains reliable and reproducible science?

Watch this tutorial to discover how to develop a systematic method to critically analyze scientific papers and fully understand their results and limitations.

In this tutorial, you will learn:

  • What to examine first when reading a scientific paper.
  • How to develop a checklist to quickly verify a paper's rigor.
  • What you should do if you need more information from a paper.

This tutorial was originally released in 2018. It was reviewed and updated in September 2022.

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