Critical appraisal: useful resources

Reading and evaluating articles

Once you have found some articles you need to be able to read them critically in order to decide how strong the evidence actually is. These resources might help.


Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) Checklists

Eight critical appraisal tools designed to be used when reading research.

These include tools for Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.


Centre for Evidence Based Medicine: tools and downloads for Critical Appraisal


BestBETs Critical Appraisals
Test yourself by reading the same articles and checking whether your appraisal matches theirs.


BMJ How to read a paper series
Articles in the BMJ by Trisha Greenhalgh that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers (online version of Greenhalgh’s book).


Books available at Reay House Library

Please follow this link to the library catalogue for a selection of useful books available to be borrowed. Registered library members can borrow these books in person or request them to be posted.

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