Checklist for Selecting a Research Article
Full Citation for Selected Article:
Study uses a quantitative design, not the following designs or publication types:
Systematic Review of Literature
Dissertation or Thesis
Define “quantitative” and the other designs or publication types listed. Did you select a published article where the researcher(s) used a quantitative design? How do you know?
Peer-reviewed, primary research article
What does “primary” mean? What does “secondary” mean? What are examples of non-research publications? How do you know if something is “peer-reviewed”? Why do we care if it is peer-reviewed?
Published within the last 5 years (2015-2020)
When was your selected article published? Why do we care about publication date? Are there instances where older publications are appropriate and acceptable for us to use? Why or why not?
First author is a registered nurse and study is published in a nursing journal
How do you know if the selected article comes from a nursing journal?
Includes a sample that uses human subjects
What is a “sample”? Is this the same as “population”? If a study did not use human subjects, what are the alternatives?