Checklist for Evaluating Research Articles
1. Is it specific?
2. Is it concise?
3. Does it refer to primary variables?
4. Are types of participants mentioned?
5. Is underlying theory mentioned?
6. Is nature of research listed?
7. Is it effective in helping you to understand what you are about to read?
1. Is purpose clearly stated?
2. Is methodology given in sufficient detail?
3. Is the sample mentioned?
4. Is there a brief summary of the results?
5. Is it effective and appropriate?
1. Does it begin to describe the specific problem area?
2. Is importance of problem discussed and backed by statistics?
3. Are underlying theories described?
4. Are logical arguments made in logical progression?
5. Are conceptual definitions for key variables given?
6. Are all facts cited?
7. Does it leave you with an understanding of the problem?
1. Is there a literature review?
2. Does it cover all sides of the issue (offer many solutions)?
3. Is research cited current (within 5years of the articles publication date)?
4. Are research findings interpreted in light of the limits of empirical research?
5. Are there few to no direct quotes?
6. Does the review lead logically to a hypothesis or research question?
1. Is type of sample stated?
2. Are procedures for sample selection listed?
3. Is exact sample size mentioned?
4. Is sample described in sufficient detail that it could be duplicated?
5. Has informed consent been secured?
6. Does sample type and size make sense for the purpose of the research?
1. Have actual items or questions (or sample of them) been provided?
2. Does research describe how instrument is used (settings, protocols, etc. )
3. Is there more than one instrument for gathering data?
4. Have sources of existing instruments been provided?
5. Is reliability of instrument/s discussed?
6. Is validity of instrument/s discussed?
7. Are limitations of instrument/s discussed?
1. Has method for collecting data been clearly stated (qualitative/quantitative: experimental, descriptive, exploratory, program evaluation) using surveys, interviews, observations, etc.?
2. If data gathered by someone other than researcher, was there training?
3. Was setting “natural” or “artificial”?
4. Were human subjects protected?
5. Overall, was method described in sufficient detail to duplicate?
1. Are procedures clearly stated?
2. Have test criteria been respected?
3. Have any problems with analysis been stated?
Report of Results
1. Was information given in text, tables, or both?
2. Was information easily understood or were sufficient explanations given?
3. Do results answer the research question or prove/disprove hypothesis?
4. Do results stick to the findings and refrain from theorizing why they appear as they do?
1. Are limitations discussed?
2. Does discussion tie back to Literature Review?
3. If predicted results were not found, is an explanation/s offered?
4. Are specific implications for practice, policy, and future research made?
Developed from material offered in Pryczak, F. (2005) Evaluating Research in Academic Journals, Pryczak Publishing.