Evaluating research articles: from start to finish.

By: Girden, Ellen R.
Contributor(s): Kabacoff, Robert.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, 2011Edition: 3rd ed.Description: xvi, 399 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781412974462.Subject(s): Research - Methodologies and Study Skills | Evaluation | Critical thinking | Research methodsDDC classification: 001.4GIR
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This thoroughly updated new edition of the bestselling text trains students-potential researchers and consumers of research-to critically read a research article from start to finish. Containing 25 engaging samples of ideal and flawed research, the text helps students assess the soundness of the design and appropriateness of the statistical analyses.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • About the Author
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Case Studies
  • 3 Narrative Analysis
  • 4 Surveys
  • 5 Correlation Studies
  • 6 Regression Analysis Studies
  • 7 Factor-Analytic Studies
  • 8 Discriminant Analysis Studies
  • 9 Two-Condition Experimental Studies
  • 10 Single Classification Studies
  • 11 Factorial Studies
  • 12 Quasi-Experimental Studies
  • 13 Longitudinal Studies
  • Answers to Study Example Critiques
  • Glossary
  • Author Index
  • Subject Index

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CHOICE Review

Psychologists Girden and Kabacoff provide readers with valuable suggestions for reading, evaluating, and assessing research articles in terms of the design employed and techniques used to carry out statistical analysis of the data collected. This new edition (2nd ed., 2001; 1st ed., 1996) is divided into 13 chapters. Each chapter contains two research articles: one represents ideal research while the other is flawed. The articles are on topics such as correlation, regression analysis, discriminate analysis, factor analysis, longitudinal studies, etc. A critique of each flawed research article appears in the form of questions after the article, and the answers are provided at the end of the book. The intended audience should be familiar with the fundamentals of elementary research design, and with basic statistical concepts and techniques. Each chapter ends with a bibliography/suggested readings, and a glossary of technical terms is available at the end of the book. The well-written work provides guidance to students as well as professionals on how to examine research reports and articles with an inquisitive mind. It should also be useful to those who are engaged in research and/or publishing research papers. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above. D. V. Chopra Wichita State University