Publisher description for Evaluating research articles from start to finish / Ellen R. Girden.


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"The exercises are the major strength of this book. They do an excellent job of helping the student pull out the important aspects of the research article and to critically evaluate the statistical analyses and the justification for the conclusion. . . . Evaluating Research Articles from Start to Finish will be a useful supplement to an advanced research methods course or an applied statistics course. It would make a great study guide for graduate students and a refresher for any consumer of research, including professionals, especially those that are called upon to peer review for journals."
--Sue Dutch, Westfield State College
"I am impressed by Ellen R. Girdenís presentation. As I read through the book I kept expecting to find things I didnít like, but the more time I spent with her analysis of the articles ''we'' critiqued together, the more I appreciated what she has done here. From my own personal perspective, I would use the book and ask students to work through the book on their own in conjunction with their research methods class. It appears to be quite well suited to student self-instruction."
--Dale Shaw, Department of Applied Statistics and Research Methods,
University of Northern Colorado
When you need a research article, how can you tell if the appropriate design or analysis was used? Using examples of good as well as flawed studies, Ellen R. Girden shows readers how to critically read qualitative and quantitative research articles from beginning to end. Readers will learn how to decide whether the conclusions reported in an article are justified based on the design and analysis of the experiment. By first demonstrating how to analyze an article in each design category (correlation study, factor analysis, narrative analysis, etc.), Girden uses targeted questions to guide a readerís critique of each major section (description, methods, results, discussion) of an article. Appropriate as a core or supplemental text for research methods and/or statistics courses, as well as all consumers of research, Girdenís book offers readers "on-the-job training" for evaluating research articles.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Research -- Evaluation.
Research -- Statistical methods.
Research design and methods.