Other's On-Line Resources (Chapter 1)

 

Article Format
  • Description:
    This on-line resource contains a 15-slide PowerPoint presentation created at Stanford University. It gives an overview of (1) the organization of research papers and (2) an indication of the kind of information typically found within the different parts of a research article.

  • What to Do:
    1. Click on the colored title of this on-line resource,"Article format."
    2. A pop-up window (titled "Opening week1a.ppt") will appear on your screen. The existing selection will probably be: "Open with Microsoft Powerpoint (default)." Click "OK."
    3. Scroll through the 15 slides.
    4. Compare the organizational scheme discussed in this on-line resource with the one presented in Chapter 1.
       
Improving Abstracts
  • Description:
    By visiting this on-line resource, you'll encounter a research article entitled: "Can the Accuracy of Abstracts Be Improved by Providing Specific Instructions?" This is the report of a formal randomized experiment in which real manuscripts submitted to a journal were returned to their authors either with or without a set of tips for improving the abstract.

  • What to Do:
    1. Click on the colored title of this on-line resource,"Improving Abstracts."
    2. Read the text of the short article, thus familiarizing yourself with (1) how the experiment was carried out and (2) what was discovered.
    3. Be sure to click on the colored word "Figure" (in the "Results" section) and the colored word "Table" (in the "Comments" section) so as to see these data-summarizin devices.
       
A Framework for Critiquing Research Reports
  • Description:
    This published journal article provides tips for evaluating research reports. Although its focus is on health-related research reports, this article's suggestions will be worthwhile to anyone in any discipline.

  • What to Do:
    1. Click on the colored title of this on-line resource, "A Framework for Critiquing Research Reports."
    2. Read the article's sections entitled "Introduction," "The need for a research critique framework," and "Frameworks for critiquing quantitative research."
    3. Make a pledge to return to this article to read again and again the 3rd paragraph in the section called "The need for a research critique framework." When doing so, mentally substitute the name for your own field of study in place of the words "health and health care" that appear in this paragraph's 1st sentence.

 

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