How to Critique Literature Review

Instructions Critiquing literature reviews allows you to determine if there is a need for a study, if the information is out dated, identifies prior theoretical frameworks to guide your study, reveal gaps that exist in the literature, and many other supportive indicators. Write a response to the questions in Box 5.4 Guidelines for Critiquing Literature Reviews on p. 112 of Nursing Research using the attached article. •Type your answers in a Microsoft® Word document using the template provided in the Class Messages (see attached N512 assignment template). Provide APA-formatted in-text citations and references for all sources. Include an APA-formatted title page.

Guidelines for Critiquing Literature Reviews • 1. Is the review thorough—does it include all major studies on the topic? Does it include recent research (studies published within previous 2–3 years)? Are studies from other related disciplines included, if appropriate? • 2. Does the review rely mainly on primary source research articles? Are the articles from peer-reviewed journals? • 3. Is the review merely a summary of existing work, or does it critically appraise and compare key studies? Does the review identify important gaps in the literature? • 4. Is the review well organized? Is the development of ideas clear? • 5. Does the review use appropriate language, suggesting the tentativeness of prior findings? Is the review objective? Does the author paraphrase, or is there an overreliance on quotes from original sources? • 6. If the review is part of a research report for a new study, does the review support the need for the study? • 7. If it is a review designed to summarize evidence for clinical practice, does the review draw reasonable conclusions about practice implications?

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