Searching and Evaluating the Literature

Searching and Evaluating the Literature

Searching and Evaluating the Literature

Overview

  • Purpose and argument of a comprehensive review
  • Searching the literature
    • Step number one: get to know the librarians
    • The search process
    • The value of tracking citations
  • Evaluating quantitative (QN) and qualitative (QL) research
  • The parts of a quantitative research article and what to look for
  • The parts of a qualitative research article and what to look for

Purpose and Argument of a Comprehensive Review

Universities place tremendous emphasis on literature review, at every stage from the undergraduate dissertation in UK (and some North American) pre-registration Nursing programmes to the PhD and publication. Everything has a substantial section of literature review. Why? A good part of the answer lies in the model of evidence-based practice.

In 1991, Gordon Guyatt, one of a group of doctors ...

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