Student nurses strive to become evidence-based practitioners, and to achieve this they need to understand how research impacts on health and health care. This new book helps readers to do just that, providing a readable, concise guide to the research process for those who are beginning their first degree. It walks students through the research process, covering topics such as how to choose a research question, literature reviewing and analysing findings. Key features of the book are: • A companion website to support lecturers in their teaching and students in their learning. The site offers resources including class discussion questions, quizzes and free SAGE journal articles • Learning outcomes and key points which highlight important information • Definitions of difficult terms and an interactive glossary • Activities to help students revise and test their learning It will be essential reading for all those studying on undergraduate degrees in nursing and health, as well as those taking courses to continue their professional development. [SAGE companion website icon]

Searching and Reviewing the Literature

Searching and reviewing the literature


Having identified a research problem or topic of interest, the next step is undertaking the literature review. A literature review may be defined as a critical synopsis of research studies and other works, which offer insights into the research problem and help to put it in context (Coughlan et al., 2013). It is important to recognise that a review is more than a simple summary, and that the literature should be critically appraised and presented in a manner that indicates that the reviewer recognises the strengths and limitations that exist within the studies.

Today, the term literature review encompasses a number of methods of gathering and presenting data from the literature. These literature reviews vary in ...

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