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
There is no definitive way to calculate the quality of an information source. However, there are certain indicators that, in combination, can help you determine if the source you are considering is reputable. There are many evaluation methods you can use to assess an information source. Many of these methods apply to journals and journal articles, which will likely be the most common resource type referenced in your research.
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Journals can be compared to measure their level of influence within the research community. Note that this measure applies at journal level, and not at article level. A high ranked journal may indicate that a journal is well-regarded.
SJR publishes a range of metrics including a quartile chart for each subject category based on a journal's SJR score.
A citation count is the number of times an article is cited by other articles. In theory, the more an article has been cited by other articles, the more influential and reliable the article is likely (but not guaranteed) to be. Similar to journal impact factor, article citation counts can be found in many journal databases and in Google Scholar.
Citations are also useful for finding additional resources. Use an article's citation list to connect to older material. Some databases also allow you to look at who has cited a particular article, which leads to you studies that are more recent.
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