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LIBRARY GUIDE TO NRS 5322 - Introduction to Nursing Scholarship

Searching for Literature
Free downloadable textbook - Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students

Suggested nursing databases:

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff CINAHL Complete is a comprehensive and highly-authoritative database for research in nursing and health sciences.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Cochrane Library A collection of databases that contain evidence for healthcare decision-making. Includes systematic review abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations and individual clinical trials.  

Unrestricted Resource PubMed (MEDLINE) The National Library of Medicine's free interface for MEDLINE, the premier database for biomedical journal citations. 

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Medline via Web of Science
You can also MEDLINE using the Web of Science database which some people find easier. 

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Scopus  Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature with more than 20,500 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers.
*If we don't have your article electronically or in print click Get From another library to use the free InterLibrary Loan service.
EBP Quality of Evidence Chart
Services for You
Be sure to few the library services and information relevant to you> Services for YOU > Graduate Students

The library also houses the Technology Help desk that can assist with using Word, Powerpoint and other programs and technology related challenges.
Getting started video

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Library Contact
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Julia Rodriguez
Associate Professor / Nursing, Health Sciences & Scholarly Communications Librarian

Schedule a research consultation (Fall & Winter only)

If none of the time slots work for you or if there are none available, email me directly and suggest a date & time and I will do my best to accommodate you.

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Steps of a Literature Review
  • Problem formulation - which topic or field is being examined and what are the component issues?
  • Literature search - finding materials relevant to the subject explored
  • Data evaluation - determining which literature makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the topic
  • Analysis and interpretations - discussing the findings and conclusions of pertinent literature
Blank Literature Review Critique chart
Books related to writing in nursing
Holland, K., & Watson, R. (2012). Writing for publication in nursing and healthcare: Getting it right. Ames, Iowa;Chichester, West Sussex, UK;: Wiley-Blackwell.   
Bonnel, W. E., & Smith, K. V. (2014). Proposal writing for nursing capstones and clinical projects. New York: Springer.    
Taylor, D. B. (2014). Writing skills in nursing and healthcare: A guide to completing successful dissertations and theses. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.    
Beins, B. (2012). APA style simplified: Writing in psychology, education, nursing, and sociology (1st;1; ed.). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.    
Oermann, M. H., & Hays, J. C. (2016). Writing for publication in nursing (Third ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.   
Taylor, D. B. (2014). Writing skills in nursing and healthcare SAGE Publications.
Tutorials and guides
Literature Review tutorials:
Essential Elements of a Literature Review guide (UC Santa Cuz)
Conducting Literature Reviews - detailed guide (USC)
How to Write a Literature Review - Nursing Education Expert 

Analyzing Sources:
Critically Analyzing Information Sources (Cornell Libraries)

Database tutorials
 EBP databases searching strategies
Writing Help

The Writing Center at Oakland University will assist developing their ideas into polished final products. The Center's services are in high demand so be sure to plan ahead when scheduling an appointment. The Writing Center can be found on the main floor of Kresge Library. 

Citation Linkers

To get the full-text of an article you found on the web or elsewhere paste the citation information into Google Scholar and follow the Get-it buttons.

Google Scholar Article Search

Or use the library's citation linker tool.

If we don't have your article electronically or in print try borrowing through InterLibrary Loan.

Citation Tools
RefWorks is available through the Library subcriptions. You create a personal database of references, generate a bibliography from your list of references & automatically format in any common citation style.

Citation Style Guides:


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