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CR 525S Scientific Writing and Medical Literature

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Analyzing articles

  • What was the central question?
  • Did the study design make sense in relation to the question?
  • Did the sample of subjects make sense (inclusion/exclusion criteria)?
  • Were the statistics reasonable based upon the question and design?
  • Do you buy the results? Why/why not?
  • What are the limitations of the study?
  • Are there any good articles in the bibliography that would help with the topic?
  • How does this article change or influence the question?

Citation managment tools


  • This is your opportunity to shine and to show how much you know about your topic and the current literature. All questions are fair game, even if they are not in the articles you read. For example, if you refer to the fact that there are controversies surrounding your topic, be prepared to know what they are and where you stand on them.
  • You need to know the background and context of your research question, as well as present your analysis of the literature.
  • Presentations should:
    • tell the audience where you are going - overviewing, framing and setting the stage
    • take them there - what are the 3-5 key points you want to convey in your review?
    • tell the audience where they've been - summarize the take home messages.
  • Use some visuals to enliven your presentation
  • PRACTICE your presentation by actually standing up and saying the words in front of a friend. Then have the friend ask you anything about the topic.
  • Be rested before the presentation.

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