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PTA: General Research

Find, evaluate, and use evidence-based PTA research

Evidence-Based Research

Claims or Evidence?

Types of sources: Blogs, news, leisure, peer-reviewed research, etc.


Evaluate these sources: How do you know if a source is authoritative, accurate, or suitable for citing?

Levels of Evidence

Levels of Scientific Evidence infographic
Levels of evidence-based research worksheet

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