Synthesising the literature as part of a literature review
Ann Wakefield Professor of nursing education, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, England
This article examines how to synthesise and critique research literature. To place the process of synthesising the research literature into context, the article explores the critiquing process by breaking it down into seven sequential steps. The article explains how and why these steps need to be kept in mind if a robust comprehensive literature search and analysis are to be achieved. The article outlines how to engage in the critiquing process and explains how the literature review needs to be assembled to generate a logical and reasoned debate to examine a topic of interest or research in more detail.
Nursing Standard. 29, 29,44-51. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.29.44.e8957
Received: 07 March 2014
Accepted: 02 April 2014
Published in print: 18 March 2015Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review