Checking the validity and value of papers
As well as checking that your results are relevant to your research topic, you will also need to ensure that they are valid and valuable e.g. unbiased, objective etc.This process is known as critical appraisal.
A number of checklists have been developed to help with the process of critically appraising articles from various types of studies:
This tool will guide you through a series of questions to help you to review and interpret a published health research paper.
On this page you will find links to articles in the BMJ that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers.This series of articles are by Trisha Greenhalgh, one of the key experts on critical appraisal.