What are some tells that a research article is not reliable/shouldn’t be taken seriously?

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Take a look at what journal published the article and look into their reputation. Pretty safe way to check credibility

do some research about the authors. where have they worked, what other articles have they published, if you can't find any of this info you might take what you read with a grain of salt

depends on what medium you're using to find your information. For example, websites are pretty straightforward since you can simply look at the domain to get a better sense of their credibility. If something ends in .gov you can make a pretty safe bet that the info there holds up to scrutiny

You can filter out a lot of the garbage by using Google Scholar to search for your sources

When an article has no sources or very little information about the sources, is based on a single study with a small sample size or is written in a very biased or opinionated way

Some tells that a research article is not reliable/shouldn’t be taken seriously are if it is poorly written, if the research is not peer-reviewed, or if the study has a small sample size. Additionally, if the article is funded by a company that has a vested interest in the results, it is likely to be less reliable.

If the article is from a questionable source, if the article is not peer-reviewed, or if the article has a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes. Additionally, if the research presented in the article is not based on sound scientific principles, then it is likely that the article is unrelia

Some tells that a research article is not reliable/shouldn't be taken seriously are if the author is not an expert in the field, if the study has a small sample size, or if the study has not been replicated. Additionally, if the article is from a magazine or website rather than a peer-reviewed journal, it's likely that it is less reliable.

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