If you are interested in learning more about evidence-based practices, the Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine (EBVM) Network has a free tutorial where you can dive into learning more about the 5A's covered in the Becoming a Veterinary Professional course site for this course. Access the current tutorial: http://www.ebvmlearning.org/ (available through June 30, 2021). A new tutorial has also been released: https://learn.rcvsknowledge.org/course/view.php?id=2
Your assignment for this course blends components of a true EBM methodology, along with applying general evaluation criteria (listed below). While a general critical appraisal template was provided in your Canvas site, if you pursue EBM, it is best to select and apply a critical appraisal tool that is specific to the study design(s) in the evidence you've found. Examples of specific tools are listed below.
When looking at scholarly literature, it is easy to fall into the trap that as it is peer-reviewed, it must be good. However, all sources, including journal articles, should be evaluated for their level of quality before assuming it is a good source of information to use. This can be done by applying a critical appraisal.
In the course this semester, you will apply a critical appraisal to the source you found following the critical appraisal template provided in your Canvas site. However, other critical appraisal tools are available, many are based on the type of study that was conducted (this is where it becomes extremely important to properly identify the type of study that was done!).
Whether purposefully or by habit, you have already been applying general evaluation criteria to any source of information you've come across. There are several types of evaluation criteria that can be implemented when reviewing a source for its credibility, authority, reliability. The basic areas to examine include: