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EBP for undergrads: Critical appraisal tools

Guide to evidence-based practice resources for students

Critical appraisal tools

Choosing an appraisal tool

Critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading and evaluating published research.

For best results, match the tool against the type of study you want to appraise. Some of the common critical appraisal tools are included here.

Don't forget to reference any critical appraisal tools you use for your assignments or coursework.  See the Referencing and EBP page for more.

Appraisal tools and checklists

Reporting tools and checklists

Systematic review and bias tools


You may also wish to read the following article:

Referencing appraisal tools

Any tools used to critically appraise published studies should be referenced appropriately in your document to show your usage of the tools and to provide attribution of the ideas used.

Examples for these tools are included in the referencing guides for:

  • APA 7th Style (on the 'Health Resources' page, click on the 'Critical Appraisal Tools' tab)
  • Vancouver (on the 'Health Resources' page, click on the 'Critical Appraisal Tools' tab)

For more information see Referencing and EBP.

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