This article explores how to search and critique the research literature. This involves explaining how to generate a robust literature review question, search databases in the most effective manner and produce a robust analysis of the literature. The article also outlines how a novice literature reviewer might develop the skills required to undertake a critical analysis of the available evidence. In this manner, the reader is able to present a coherent debate on the state of the literature and how this might be used to construct a comprehensive rationale for why further research or analysis of clinical practice may be needed in relation to a particular topic of interest.
Nursing Standard. 28, 39, 49-57. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.39.49.e8867Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 12 February 2014
Accepted: 20 March 2014
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