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Use this to learn how to critique scientific literature20 Jan. 2015
Robert Hamilton IV
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I use three books as references for my students to learn how to read, write and critique primary scientific literature. This book is the best one for learning how to critique primary literature. The author begins with a brief overview of how to evaluate a scientific article. The book discusses the anatomy of an article then covers in detail the various sections of the article - e.g. Abstract, Introduction, Methods,etc. There is a chapter on how to find an article and publish an article placed between the chapters on the sections of the article. Their placement seems odd to me. I would place these two chapters before the ones that detail the sections of an article. The two things that I really like about this book are the diagrams of how an article section is organized, and a checklist of how to critique each section. These features could be very useful to students who are not experienced with writing critiques. This is a very good book and I recommend it, but I do have two details to point out. This book is very good at teaching how to critique papers, but I would recommend "Reading Primary Literature ..." by Gillen for the reading and interpretation side. Also, this book and its examples are skewed towards the laboratory and cellular sciences. Students who focus on ecology and other organismal sciences may not understand all of the examples given in the book.