Telling the good from the bad: Factors to look for in evaluating research

There are a wealth of studies that are published everyday, some that come with their own press releases and PR campaign. Some you hear about on the evening news, while other just-as-important research collects dust in a peer-reviewed journal. What makes good research so good, and how can ordinary folks tell? This article delves into the differences between good, solid research studies, and poorly constructed, bad studies, and lets you know what to look for to tell the difference.

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Submitted by: John M. Grohol
Submitted on: 11-Feb-2004