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NUR 4050 - Nursing Research


You will conduct a literature review consisting of at least 6 scholarly articles.  Articles must be recent (2010 or newer).  This guide provides resources and information on finding relevant databases and journals, conducting scholarly research, and writing citations.

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Literature Review

What is a Literature Review?

A literature review is a written summary and analysis of existing original research on a particular topic.  Original research is a report or article of a study written by the people who conducted the study.  It generally includes a description of the study and population, methods, findings, and a conclusion.  Literature reviews can be used by authors to create a foundation or justification for their research, and to demonstrate knowledge on the current state of a field. 


Understanding Peer Review

Understanding Peer Review

The cornerstone of scholarly research is the peer review process. Articles are reviewed by experts prior to publication. These experts (peers) consider the validity of the author(s) methods, findings and conclusions.  

Scholarly Articles

Is it scholarly?

An article is typically considered scholarly if it has the following items:

  • Abstract
    • Summarizes the articles content.
  • Methods
    • Can also appear as Methodology, Research Methods, etc. This section describes the methods used by the authors to collect data.
  • Findings
    • Can also appear as Data Analysis, Analysis, Results, etc. This section analyzes the collected data.
  • Conclusion
    • A summary of the findings. 
  • Reference List
  • Author names and credentials
    • The author(s) list their credentials and affiliations.  Authors usually hold advanced degrees and are affiliated with a higher education or research institution.




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