Nursing Literature Search & Review

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  • 1.Literature ReviewBy Satish S Munnolli ACTREC

2. Vast majority of nurse researchers do not publish in traditional scientific journals and would probably see themselves as primarily social scientists 3. Never start with this ! 4. Literature Review

  • What and why of LR ?
  • Type of Information & sources for LR ?
  • Online sources
  • Major sources for Nursing Research
  • Tools for maintaining bibliography

5. What is Literature Review ?

  • Review of literature is abroad, comprehensive in depth, systematic and critical review of scholarly publications, including unpublished scholarly print materials, audiovisuals and personal communications .
  • Source: Nursing Research, by Basavanthappa, Jaypee, 2007, P -92

6. Literature Review

  • It is important to begin your research with a comprehensive search of the literature that is, anattempt to findabsolutelyeverything that is related to your topic .
  • It is a standard part of any postgraduates endeavors, and usually makes up the majority of yourfirst year or two .
  • A good review sets up the landscape that youre going to work within,saving you from duplicating effortand allowing youto identify the key playersin your field. Its a head start on the first chunk of your thesis.

7. Why Literature Review ?

  • To determine how well theory and research are developed in the past studies
  • To define the concepts
  • Identify studies reported by others
  • To examine research designs, methods, scales, instruments, measures and techniques and analysis used by others
  • To determine what is known and not known about the subject
  • To generate useful research questions for the discipline
  • Understand the existing literature and how it relates /supports/contradicts your topic
  • Place and justify your research within the discipline/s
  • Identify guidelines to use in writing the research report

8. The process of Literature Review 9. Type of Information & sources

  • Theoretical or conceptual
    • - concept analysis, models, theories books
  • Empirical
    • - knowledge derived from research journals,
    • thesis, dissertations.

10. Where to find nursing literature

  • Search the web (not always recommended)
  • Search your personal collection (inefficient, incomplete)
  • Search library resources (mysterious)

11. Where to find nursing literature ?

  • Search the web (not always recommended)
  • Search your personal collection (inefficient, incomplete)
  • Search library resources (mysterious)
        • Where is the information ?

12. Information is available in

  • Unsystematically some is on the Web
  • Systematically aggregated - in Libraries
  • Systematically accessed - by information databases

13. Information is available in

  • Unsystematically some is on the Web
  • Systematically aggregated - in Libraries
  • Systematically accessed - by information databases
  • Which are the sources ?

14. Sources for Literature Review

  • Journals
  • Books
  • Thesis
  • Abstracts
  • Indexes
  • Encyclopedias
  • Reports
  • Conference proceedings
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Government legislations
  • Internet resources and sites
  • Statistics
  • Handbooks
  • Encyclopedias

15. Favorite databases for nursing literature

        • Medline/PubMed
        • HighWire Press
        • Google Scholar
        • ScienceDirect
        • CINAHL
        • Mosbys Nursing Index
        • Health Source/Nursing
        • PsycINFO
        • Health Reference Center

16. PubMed 17. HighWire Press 18. Google Scholar 19. ScienceDirect 20. CINAHL 21. Mosbys Nursing Index 22. PsycINFO 23. Create a structured query

  • The type of patient you are studying
  • Condition or situation your working in
  • Type of intervention or nursing procedure
  • How many years you want to go back for literature search
  • Language
  • Geographical specificity
  • Research articles
  • Review articles
  • Commentaries
  • Case studies

24. A sample query

  • Statistical methodsfornursing research
    • Statistical methods
    • Nursing research
    • Let us searchGoogle ScholarandPubMed

25. Search results in Google 26. Search results in Google using apostrophe 27. Search results in Google Scholar 28. Advanced Scholar Search 29. Search results in PubMed 30. Search results in PubMed by using MeSH database 31. A sample of literature review 32. A sample of literature review 33. Tools for managing bibliography

          • EndNote
          • ProCite
          • Reference Manager

34. Techniques to identify most relevant Literature

  • 1 stpagegives most relevant results
  • Related articles appeared next to records
  • Referencesat the bottom of any relevant research paper gives good number of articles

35. Further Reading

  • The literature Review URL:http://www.deakin.edu.au/library/findout/research/litrev.php
  • Review of literature URL:http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/ReviewofLiterature.html
  • The Literature Review: Few Tips On Conducting It URL:http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/litrev.html
  • Using The Literature Review URL:http://www.languages.ait.ac.th/EL21LIT.HTM
  • WritingLiteratureReview URL:http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/llonline/writing/general/lit-reviews/index.xml
  • Conducting a Literature Review URL:http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/postgrad/litreview/gettingstarted.html
  • WRITING RESEARCH THESES OR DISSERTATIONS URL:http://lorien.ncl.ac.uk/ming/Dept/Tips/writing/thesis/thesis-review.htm
  • How to write a literature reviewURL:http://www.ssdd.uce.ac.uk/learner/New%20page.htm
  • The Literature Review URL:http://www.usq.edu.au/library/help/postgrad/litreview.htm

36.

  • Thank Q

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