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Developing critical thinking skills regarding popular and scientific articles.

Developing critical thinking skills regarding popular and scientific articles.

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  • BioTech BiblioBytes December 12, 2008
  • The Research Cycle
  • Credibility
    • Goal:
    • An authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.
  • Accuracy
    • Goal:
    • A source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.
  • Reliability
    • Goal:
    • A source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.
  • Supportability
    • 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).  
  • C.A.R.S.
    • Guidelines for evaluating sources.
    • C redibility
    • A ccuracy
    • R eliability
    • S upportability
    C.A.R.S. Source: Harris, Robert. &quot;Evaluating Internet Research Sources.“ VirtualSalt . 17 Nov. 1997.  17 Oct 2000 <http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm>.
  • Final Step
    • Apply the smell test.
    • 1) Evaluate the popular article for:
        • Credibility
        • Accuracy
        • Reliability
        • Supportability
    • 2) Share the group’s findings on the whiteboard.
  • http://www.vadlo.com/Cartoons/Life_in_Research_Cartoon_1198.html
    • Evaluate using the BioTech criteria:
      • Is the article from a peer reviewed journal?
      • Are any conflicts of interest stated?
      • Is there a reference list and how complete is it?
    • Evaluate using an additional two questions from the whiteboard.