I'd like to learn how I can better understand research papers/scientific studies, judge the quality, the methods used, find out who funded it, etc. I'm a layperson. In researching various topics, especially controversial subjects, I try to find the actual scientific papers behind everything. Everyone and every news article or blog usually says "studies show". I would like to know how to tell if a study is worth something, or if it's biased. Certainly, knowing something about the subject matter may help, but that's usually not possible, seeing as there is so much out there. Any tips would be very much appreciated. And I'll update the thread if I find more online. Thank you in advance if you're able to chime in.