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7.342 Chronic infection and inflammation: What are the consequences on your health? Instructors Eva Frickel and Sara Gredmark
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How to read a scientific paper
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Organization of a paper - Title - Authors and their affiliation - Abstract - Introduction - Methods - Results with tables and figures - Discussion - References
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Reading a scientific paper First look at. .. - Title - Abstract - Figures and tables - Introduction, results and discussion - and Methods Then. ..read the paper - active, not passive reading - use highlighter, underline, scribble comments or questions on it, make notes - just because it’s published, doesn’t mean it’s right!
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Evaluating a paper • What questions does the paper address? • What are the main conclusions of the paper? • What evidence supports those conclusions? • What is the quality of the evidence? • Do the data actually support the conclusions? • Why are the conclusions important?
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address? Descriptive research – often in early stages of our understanding can't formulate hypotheses until we know what is there Comparative research – Ask how general or specific a phenomenon is Analytical or hypothesis-driven research – test hypotheses Methodological research – Find out new and better ways of doing things – Describe new resources Many papers combine some of the above What questions does the paper address? What are the main conclusions of the paper? What evidence supports those conclusions? What is the quality of the evidence? Do the data actually support the conclusions?
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course BIO 7.344 taught by Professor Bobsauer during the Spring '08 term at MIT.

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