This looks like a great potential assignment for undergrads learning to read primary literature. Senior sem students: this is a little bit of overkill for you guys at this point, but it’s worth reviewing and using for denser/difficult articles.
Update (1/3/18) I’ve been overwhelmed with requests for the shorter guide, and the email address below no longer works. So I’ve uploaded a copy of the guide for anyone to download and share here: How to read and understand a scientific article. Please feel free to use it however you wish (although I’d appreciate being credited as the author). I apologize to everyone who emailed me and didn’t get a response! If you would like to let me know who you are and what you’re using it for in the comments below, I’d love to hear!
Update (8/30/14): I’ve written a shorter version of this guide for teachers to hand out to their classes. If you’d like a PDF, shoot me an email: jenniferraff (at) utexas (dot) edu.
Last week’s post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very…
View original post 1,951 more words