Best databases for finding quality, peer-reviewed sources in your research
Is the journal you are citing peer-reviewed?
Look up the title of the journal in the Ulrichsweb database. An icon that looks like a referee's jersey next to the name indicates that the journal is peer-reviewed or "refereed".
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The timeliness of the information
The importance of the information for your needs
The source of the information
The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
The reason the information exists
Studies are assigned levels of evidence based on their methodology. The evidence pyramid is an easy way to visualize this hierarchy of evidence.
At the top of the pyramid is filtered evidence including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and critical appraisals. These studies evaluate and synthesize the literature. The top of the pyramid represents the strongest evidence.
At the base of the pyramid is unfiltered evidence including randomized controlled trials, cohort studies and case reports. These are individual reports and studies, also known as the primary literature.
You should seek the highest level of evidence available, but remember that evidence at the top of the pyramid might not exist for your particular clinical question. If that is the case, you'll need to move down the pyramid to find the strongest evidence that addresses your clinical question.
For the in-class exercise, read the following articles/websites and answer the following questions:
Below are links to several articles claiming that coconut oil has various benefits.
Review each one in your group, and then fill out your worksheet.