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This link provides information to help you understand quantitative and qualitative research as well as quasi-experimental design.
Research Methods 2
This guide gives more information about types of studies including the difference between experimental and quasi-experimental research.
Quality Improvement or Research?
This link will help you determine if something is a quality improvement article or a research article that you can use for courses.
Reading a Research Article
Study Guide for Critically Reading Research Articles
Primary vs Secondary Sources
Primary sources are original materials or evidence. In your field, you may be looking for "primary research articles," or articles that describe a study and provide the study results. An example of a primary source is a randomized controlled trial.
Secondary sources analyze, interpret or synthesize the primary materials. An example of a secondary source is a systematic review. These reviews compile randomized controlled trials and other studies to provide the reader with a picture of the research on a specific topic.
Understanding Research Tables
These links help you understand the parts of a research table, how to read a research table, and how to use tables when you articulate your research results.