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KIN 352K -- Research Methods in Exercise Science

This guide is specifically designed for students taking Kin 352K, Research Methods in Exercise Science with Dr. Lalande.

Authority

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

What is a Scholarly Article?

Scholarly articles are written by experts in a particular field and vetted by other experts to ensure that an article is of appropriate scholarly quality. This process is called peer-review

Look to see if the article has:

  • Abstract
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Conclusion
  • Results
  • References

To search for scholarly articles, you will want to use the databases available through UT Libraries. A few of the databases most relevant for exercise science are included on the Literature Reviews page. These databases allow you to limit your search to only peer-reviewed articles.

 

Evaluation Criteria

Use the criteria below to help you evaluate a source.  As you do, remember:

  • Each criterion should be considered in the context of your research question. For example, currency changes if you are working on a current event vs. a historical topic.
  • Weigh all four criteria when making your decision. For example, the information may appear accurate, but if the authority is suspect you may want to find a more authoritative source for your information.

Criteria to consider:

  1. Currency: When was the information published or last updated? Is it current enough for your topic?
  2. Relevance: Is this information that you are looking for? Is it related to your topic? Is it detailed enough to help you answer questions on your topic.
  3. Authority: Who is the author or creator of the information (can be an individual or an organization)? Are they an expert on your topic? Has the source been peer reviewed? Who is the publisher? Are they reputable?
  4. Accuracy: Is the information true? What information does the author cite or refer to? Can you find this information anywhere else? Can you find evidence to back it up from another resource? Are studies mentioned but not cited (this would be something to check on)? Can you locate those studies?
  5. Methodology: What type of study did they conduct? Is it an appropriate type of study to answer their research question?  How many people were involved in the study? Is the sample size large and diverse enough to give trustworthy results?
  6. Purpose/perspective: What is the purpose of the information? Was it written to sell something or to convince you of something? Is this fact or opinion based? Is it unfairly biased?

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