Literature Review

Assignment 3—Literature Review, Part 1: Introduction and Selection Criteria (will be graded upon submission of part 2)

Your literature review will be submitted in two parts. The purpose of a literature review is to present relevant literature findings from nursing and related fields, show awareness of what is known about this scientific area and apply the findings to nursing practice.

The purpose of this assignment is to provide a basis for the remaining class project that build on this literature review. Only quantitative research studies should be used.

Using the skills you developed in critiquing a research article, perform a literature review in a clinical area of interest. In your classroom, you will find a list of suggested topics, but that list is by no means comprehensive—choose something of particular professional interest to you. Consult your instructor if you have any questions or need help deciding on an appropriate topic.

In your final paper, you should

provide a clear rationale for an important scientific investigation related to nursing science
include at least four relevant peer-reviewed journal articles published within the past five years

Your final paper should be 10 to 15 pages, including the cover page and references.

The following article offers helpful guidelines for constructing a critique of a nursing research article:

Cronin, P., Ryan, F., & Coughlan, M. (2008). Undertaking a literature review: a step-by-step approachBritish Journal of Nursing17(1): 38-43.

Note that you will be submitting this assignment in two parts. You will not receive a separate grade for part 1. You will receive your final grade for this assignment when you submit part 2.

Part 1 should be 3 to 5 pages and follow this outline:


State the topic you selected and why.
List a minimum of four keywords that you used for your search and the databases you used to perform your search.


List the articles you selected, briefly describing each article and why you chose those articles—for example, relevance to the research topic, methodology used, peer-reviewed content.
Summarize the major findings and recommendations of each article.

Part 2 should be 7 to 10 pages and follow this outline:


Summarize the overall findings of the articles.

Conclusion and Application

Describe how these can be applied to nursing research and practice.

Be sure to incorporate your instructor’s feedback from part 1, and add the new part 2 content to submit one complete literature review paper of 10 to 15 total pages.

Your final literature review will be graded on the following criteria.


Level 3

61- 100 points

Level 2
25 – 60 points

Level 1
0– 24 points

Relevant Research Articles

(10 points)

Includes four or more relevant articles
Includes three relevant articles
Includes two or fewer relevant articles


(20 points)

Clearly states rationale for topic chosen; includes keywords and databases searched
Discusses rationale for chosen topic; does not include keywords or databases
Has little or no information regarding rationale for choice of topic; is missing keywords or databases searched


(20 points)

Discusses rationale for articles chosen, methodology, major findings, recommendations
Lacks some information on rationale, methodology, findings, or recommendations
Offers little or no information on rationale, methodology, findings, or recommendations


(20 points)

Appropriately summarizes the findings of the articles


Somewhat appropriately summarizes the findings of the articles
Does not appropriately summarize the findings of the articles

Conclusions and Application

(20 points)

Discusses meaningful applications to future nursing research and/or a clinical area
Discusses somewhat meaningful applications to future nursing research and/or a clinical area
Does not discuss meaningful applications to future nursing research and/or a clinical area

APA, Spelling, Grammar, and Organization

(10 points)

Expertly applies APA guidelines in formatting and referencing; exhibits excellent spelling and grammar throughout the paper; is well organized and easy to read
Applies APA, but exhibits some formatting or referencing mistakes; has some spelling and grammar errors; is generally well written and easy to read, with minimal organization problems
Has many APA, spelling, and/or grammar mistakes throughout the paper; is difficult to read; may be ineffectively organized

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