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Advanced Literature Searching
This guide offers in-depth support for Nursing and Health Sciences students doing advanced literature searches for research and dissertation modules.
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What is a literature search?
The literature search focuses on a single topic or research question which aims to cover all the available research relating to the question. It is conducted using one or more databases (usually 3) and requires the use of appropriate search terms with synonyms, related terms etc. It also includes an audit trail (usually presented in a table) showing how you refined your results and arrived at your final articles.
Below are a few useful documents to help you with your literature search.
Here is a list of a few books from the Library that can give you more information on literature searching.
Nursing Research by Now in full color, this easy-to-understand textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to nursing research concepts and methods. Evidence-based practice is emphasized throughout, with clear guidelines for evaluating research and applying scientific evidence to practice. Coverage includes qualitative and quantitative research, appraising and critiquing research, critical thinking, and clinical decision-making using research information. Balanced coverage acquaints you with the processes behind research and evidence-based practice. Distinct coverage of qualitative and quantitative research approaches are presented in separate parts of the book to avoid the confusion that often results when the two are interwoven. Complete, high-quality research examples, including three sample critiques, demonstrate how to apply the principles outlined in the text to published quantitative and qualitative research studies. Research Vignettes help bridge the gaps among clinical research, academia, and clinical practice. All-star cast of contributors represents a widely respected team of experts in nursing research and evidence-based practice. Each chapter contains a variety of popular learning aids, including Key Terms, Learning Outcomes, Helpful Hints, Evidence-Based Practice Tips, Appraising the Evidence, Critiquing Criteria, Critique of a Research Study, Critical Thinking Decision Paths, Critical Thinking Challenges, and Key Points. NEW! Streamlined steps of the research process focus on how to appraise and apply research findings for evidence-based practice. NEW! Theory chapter features an up-to-date exploration of the most important theories behind nursing research. NEW! Systematic Reviews and Clinical Practice Guidelines chapter addresses this important area of nursing research. NEW! Quality Improvement chapter discusses the trending topic of quality improvement as it relates to nursing research. NEW! Updated research articles, including a Cochrane Collection study, reflect the most current, high-quality studies, particularly those that are accessible and relevant to readers with minimal clinical experience. NEW! All-new Research Vignettes illustrate the dynamic nature of nursing research.
Call Number: 610.73072 LOB + eBook
Publication Date: 2013-09-27
Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions by Healthcare providers, consumers, researchers and policy makers are inundated with unmanageable amounts of information, including evidence from healthcare research. It has become impossible for all to have the time and resources to find, appraise and interpret this evidence and incorporate it into healthcare decisions. Cochrane Reviews respond to this challenge by identifying, appraising and synthesizing research-based evidence and presenting it in a standardized format, published in The Cochrane Library (www.thecochranelibrary.com). The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions contains methodological guidance for the preparation and maintenance of Cochrane intervention reviews. Written in a clear and accessible format, it is the essential manual for all those preparing, maintaining and reading Cochrane reviews. Many of the principles and methods described here are appropriate for systematic reviews applied to other types of research and to systematic reviews of interventions undertaken by others. It is hoped therefore that this book will be invaluable to all those who want to understand the role of systematic reviews, critically appraise published reviews or perform reviews themselves. This title is also available as a mobile App from MedHand Mobile Libraries. Buy it now from Google Play or the MedHand Store.
Call Number: 610.72 HIG + eBook
Publication Date: 2008-11-24
Understanding Research for Nursing Students by If you're learning about research for the first time, or grappling with an essay or final year project, this is the nursing research book you're looking for. Using plain language and case studies that relate research directly to every-day nursing situations, the author guides you through the central concepts you need to know to truly understand research in nursing. Key features Each chapter is linked to the new NMC standards of proficiency for registered nurses Seven concise chapters that quickly answer the most common questions about research Activities, scenarios and case studies bring the theory to life and show why research is so important to nursing Nine podcasts to bring topics from the book to life
Call Number: 610.73072 ELL + eBook (of previous edition)
Publication Date: 2018-12-15
Foundations of Nursing Research by For use as a primary text in undergraduate nursing research courses. Clear, engaging writing sparks an interest in nursing research and evidence-based nursing. Foundations of Nursing Research illuminates all steps of the nursing research process, helping students understand the importance of research to evidence-based nursing practice, evaluate and critique research, and determine whether study findings are ready to apply in practice. Its conversational tone explains research simply and clearly. To illustrate specific aspects of the research process, extensive research study excerpts are interspersed throughout the book, including research performed outside the U.S. User-friendly learning features include chapter objectives, key terms, summaries, review questions, research links, and self-tests.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2017-05-01
Succeeding in Literature Reviews and Research Project Plans for Nursing Students by Now in it′s fourth edition and thoroughly updated to ensure all content is mapped to the new 2018 NMC standards, this book is a practical and readable guide to undertaking a research project plan or a literature review for final year assessment.The book guides readers from start to finish, beginning with choosing a nursing topic and developing questions about it, then accessing and critically reviewing research literature, considering ethical issues, proposing research where applicable, and finally, writing up and completing the literature review or research proposal. The authors also explore how to translate evidence into practice and how this can improve day to day decision-making, as well as feeding into assessments.
Call Number: 610.73072 WIL
Publication Date: 2019-12-20
To help get you started with your search, we have created the Health Thesaurus below.
It contains a range of health-related words and phrases, along with suggestions for alternatives. You can use it to give you ideas for your search strings.
Click on the link below to download the Health Thesaurus.
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