PHL 195 Bailey CBL Project: Evaluating Science Articles
Evaluating the quality of scientific information
Science in the news and popular media
News and popular media sources proclaim with excitement the latest results from science research. How do you know if these reports accurately reflect the research, or if it has been oversimplified, sensationalized or distorted? The best assurance is to look up the original research and see for yourself.
These articles below show some of the ways that popularized science may get things wrong.
Some peer reviewd articles are more credible than others!
Peer review is the gold standard of science publishing, but critical evaluation is still necessary to decide how much weight to give the results of any single study. The resources below present some questions to ask of any science study, even in a peer reviewed journal.
Guide to spotting bad science
For those who are interested in diving deep into evaluating scientific research, the following articles discuss flaws in the peer review process and publishing of scientific papers. Please don’t let learning about these flaws make you cynical! Science is by its nature self-correcting, so this attention to potential errors helps to identify flawed research so that better research will eventually prevail.