Identifying Relevant Literature Resources

Identifying Relevant Literature Resources
Searching for relevant literature on a given topic can sometimes be a frustrating process. In some instances, you might have trouble finding anything at all of relevance, whereas in other cases, you might find overwhelming amounts of potential resources and have to determine which is the most relevant to your search. Literature searches can be very rewarding when you find a perfect evidence-based article or research piece that precisely addresses your area of concern.
For this Discussion, you focus on conducting literature reviews and on locating and identifying the most relevant current literature.
To prepare:
Review this week’s Learning Resources on conducting a literature review.
Go to the Walden Library website, and explore tools for generating search terms.
With your PICO question in mind (regardless of approval status), identify at least 10 different search terms you could use in your literature search.
Reflect on how to assess the relevance of specific research to your PICO question.
Consider techniques for performing alternate types of searches if few or no resources are located.
By tomorrow 01/03/2017 11pm a minimum of 550 words in APA format with a minimum of 3 references from the list below. Include the level one headings as numbered below:
1) Post your PICO question (first draft if not yet approved) and the 10 search terms you plan to use in your literature search.
2) Describe one of the literature search tools you identified (e.g. CINAHL or Medline, or ProQuest etc..) in the Walden Library and where it is located.
3) Explain how you can assess the relevance of the research you review.
4) Finally, describe strategies for performing alternate types of searches if initial searches do not yield sufficient resources.
Required Readings
Aveyard, H. (2007). Doing a literature review in health and social care: A practical guide. McGraw-Hill International [UK] Limited.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Chapter 4, “How Do I Search for Literature?” (p. 57–74)
This chapter highlights strategies for conducting a systematic search of the literature. It stresses the importance of developing criteria for identifying literature that may help answer a research question.
Chapter 5, “How Do I Critically Appraise the Literature?” (pp. 75–123)
In this selection, the focus is on how to appraise the literature you locate. The chapter includes suggestions for determining the validity of research by identifying such things as sample size, the appropriateness of the sample selected, how the data were collected, and how they were analyzed.
Rozas, L. W., & Klein, W. C. (2010). The value and purpose of the traditional qualitative literature review. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 7(5), 387–399.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
In this article, the authors assess the role and purpose of qualitative literature reviews, and they give specific descriptions of how they differ from a quantitative review. The authors stress the importance of using both qualitative and quantitative literature, and they provide justification for this advice.
Scutt, D. (2008). How to review literature. Radiologic Technology, 79(4), 306–308.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
This article provides a list of questions to ask when organizing a literature review. The author suggests that, when searching for research in a specific area, the reviewer takes the time to identify the key researchers in the field and to begin the review by becoming familiar with their work.
Barker, J. (n.d.). Basic search tips and advanced Boolean explained. Retrieved from
This resource provides a graphical representation of different approaches to research and gives examples of each.
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. (n.d.). Evidence-based clinical practice resources. Retrieved from Tags:
This article provides a listing of evidence-based clinical resources, including systemic reviews and meta-analyses, critically appraised topics, background information and expert opinions, and unfiltered resources.
Library of Congress Online Catalog. (2008). Boolean searching. Retrieved from
This website provides a basic overview of Boolean searches, as well as simple examples of key search terms.
Indiana State University Library Guides. (n.d.). Literature reviews: Database search strategies. Retrieved from
In this resource, the most common types of database searches are highlighted. This selection includes topics such as nesting searches, phrase searches, and the use of synonyms of key words in the search.
Walden University (2013). Searching & retrieving materials in the databases. Retrieved from
This resource provides tips for searching in the Walden Library. It includes a guide to keyword searches, an explanation of Boolean searches, and tips on locating specific journals or articles.
Required Media
Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.d). Literature reviews. Retrieved from
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 12 minutes.
This video supplies a broad overview of literature reviews. In the video, Dr. Michael Quinn discusses the importance of literature reviews and how they integrate with evidence-based practice.
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