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Research ethics - choosing and evaluating sources

It's easy to find information on the internet, but not all information is equally useful. Look at the Articles to Explore, below, and answer these questions:

Who wrote it?

Does the site tell you the author's name and credentials? If you Google the author, what do you learn about their background?

What organization hosts the site, and what is its purpose?

A magazine, newspaper, or research journal? A university? A business? A non-profit organization? Something else? What is the organization's mission or purpose? You might be able to answer this question using the site's "About" page, or you might need to Google the organization to learn more.

Why does this article exist?

Someone wrote it for a reason. Did they want to inform you? Help you perform a task? Convince you of some idea? Sell a product or service to you? Maybe a combination of reasons?

Who might find this article useful?


Articles to explore: 

Group A

Ethics in Human Research

Research Integrity: Biomedical Sciences

Group B

Overcoming Past Mistakes with Patients in Medical Research

Henrietta Lacks Is Honored by World Health Organization

Group C

Guinea Pigs in the ER

Research Without Consent in the Emergency Room

Group D

40 Years of Human Experimentation in America: The Tuskegee Study

What is the Tuskegee Study?

Group E

Ethical Human Subject Research, History and Principles

Human Experimentation: An Introduction to the Ethical Issues

Group F

Seven Principles Relating to Clinical Research Ethics

Why We Need Stricter Oversight of Research Involving Human Subjects Affected by Conflict