Synthesising the literature as part of a literature review
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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.

Correspondence ann.b.wakefield@manchester.ac.uk

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 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review