Evaluating Research Ethics Pre- ResearchThe Research Cycle
Intended for wide audience (general population) Short articles that are not signed (no author) Non-technical, simple writing style Focus on current events, popular topics Usually published daily, weekly or monthlyPopular Articles
Goal: An authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.Credibility
Goal: A source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.Accuracy
Goal: A source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.Reliability
Goal: A source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).Supportability
C.A.R.S. CredibilityGuidelines for Accuracy Reliabilityevaluating sources. SupportabilityC.A.R.S. Source:Harris, Robert. "Evaluating Internet Research Sources.“ VirtualSalt. 17Nov. 1997. 17 Oct 2000 <http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm>.
Intended for limited audience (academic audience) Written by scholars in the field and are usually signed articles (not anonymous) More complex writing style Main purpose is to report on original research Published bi-monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annuallyScholarly Articles
Is the article from a peer reviewed journal? Are any conflicts of interest stated? Is a reference list provided?BioTech Criteria
1) Evaluate using the BioTech criteria: 1) Is the article from a peer reviewed journal? 2) Are any conflicts of interest stated? 3) Is there a reference list and how complete is it?2) Evaluate using an additional two questions from the whiteboard.