Critically reviewing a research article is not just about summarising the article, but evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the article. It also looks at the value of the research conducted in context of similar research.
The following guides show to structure and write a critical review:
Critiquing research articles - a pdf guide by Flinders University (101 KB)
Structure of a critical review - a guide from the University of NSW
Use the CRAP test to evaluate any resources you want to use in your assessments.
History of educational theories - older resources may be appropriate
Social media in education - older resources may not be appropriate
A satirical news website (e.g. Betoota Advocate)
A not for profit media group sourcing content from academics and researchers (e.g. The Conversation)
An article written by a self-appointed expert that appears on a blog
A peer reviewed article written by a team of university academics
A webpage on diabetes from a pharmacy company that produces drugs to treat diabetes. They may have a vested interest.
Diabetes information from a government website such as Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW). They have no vested interest.
Articles published in peer reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. This process is intended to ensure that the article is:
To find peer reviewed articles:
However, as these options are just an indication of peer review status the definitive way to find out if your article has been peer reviewed is to use Ulrichsweb Global Periodicals Directory.
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