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Systematic review protocols: an introduction

01 October 2009

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Systematic reviews are a thorough and efficient method of appraising literature and providing an evidence base for practice. However, to ensure that they are...

Obtaining and communicating information about genetics

26 October 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article, the last in this series, focuses on the ways a nurse can acquire relevant genetic information for effective practice and how this information can be...

Using Google Scholar to conduct a literature search

14 July 2010

Nursing Standard


This article provides information about conducting a literature search on the Google Scholar website. The article briefly describes how to narrow or expand a search...

Searching and critiquing the research literature

28 May 2014

Nursing Standard


This article explores how to search and critique the research literature. This involves explaining how to generate a robust literature review question, search...

Synthesising the literature as part of a literature review

18 March 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article examines how to synthesise and critique research literature. To place the process of synthesising the research literature into context, the article...

Application of meta-summary to derive a measurement instrument from the literature: a method exemplar

15 November 2018

Nurse Researcher


Background Measurement tools are a common method to collect data in observational and survey research. Nurse researchers have developed numerous scales and...

How to structure Microsoft Excel documents for systematic reviews

01 March 2023

Nurse Researcher

Literature audit

Background Systematic reviews are complex and involve time-consuming, deep research in the academic literature to search, extract data, assess their quality and...

Open AccessAn enduring legacy: contributions of Royal College of Nursing fellows to nursing science

07 September 2020

Nursing Standard

RCN fellows

Background The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) initiated a fellowship programme in 1976 as a means of recognising outstanding registered nurses who have demonstrated...

Assessment and provision of continuing healthcare: an integrative literature review

18 September 2019

Nursing Older People


NHS continuing healthcare is a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS where an individual has been found to have a ‘primary health need’....

How to undertake a scoping review

07 May 2024

Nursing Standard

Effective practice

Rationale and key points Scoping reviews have become a popular approach for exploring what literature has been published on a particular field of interest. They can...