UMUC Scientific Investigation in Nursing

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UMUC Scientific Investigation in Nursing

UMUC Scientific Investigation in Nursing

UMUC Scientific Investigation in Nursing


Question Description
Assignment 2—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. For this assignment, you will be submitting only part 1.

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 projects 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, quantitative, peer-reviewed journal articles published within the past five years
It is strongly recommended that you send your articles via e-mail to the instructor for approval before your begin your review.

Your final paper, combining sections 1 & 2, 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 approach . British Journal of Nursing, 17(1): 38-43.

Note that you will be submitting this assignment in two parts. You will not receive a separate grade for part 1, although late penalties will apply. You will receive your final grade for this assignment when you submit the combined paper including part 1 and part 2.

Submit pdf copies of the articles you are reviewing along with the assignment for both parts 1 and 2.

Part 1 (due as Assignment #2) should be 3 to 5 pages and follow this outline:


State the topic you selected and why.
Provide some background information about the topic. Why is it important? Use data to support your argument.
Explain your search and methods – List a minimum of four keywords that you used for your search, the databases you used to perform your search, and how you selected the articles you are reviewing.

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 purpose, population, methods, major findings and recommendations of each article.
Part 2 should be 7 to 10 pages and follow this outline:


Discuss the overall findings of the articles. Compare and contrast 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 for your grade for Assignment #3.

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

Level 361- 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
Introduction(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
Review(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
Discussion(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

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.