Synthesized Literature Review Introduction

Synthesized Literature Review Introduction Introduction

Typically, a review of the literature is extensive as it should address all known aspects of a problem and describe how the problem has been studied in the past. For example,

● What variables and questions related to the problem have already been studied and how does that relate to the question being posed in the study you are

proposing? Are the previous study findings applicable to today’s practice?

● Who were the subjects in these other studies and how do they compare with your proposed subjects?

● What research design, theoretical framework, data collection tool(s), statistics, etc., were used; and how do they compare to what you are proposing?

A good review of the literature lays down the proverbial breadcrumbs for future researchers to follow the rationale for how we arrived here from there. Sometimes it means we state the obvious, and other times it means we identify conflicting outcomes, outdated paradigms, gaps in practices, statistical test results to questions similar to ours, or suggest questions for future research. 

This assignment will give you a good understanding of how to compile the research findings needed for writing financial reports, grant applications/reports, business plans/Pro-forma, practice policies, processes, academic reports, clinical case studies, etc.

NRAO Majors: The review you write for this assignment should be a good start for your scholarly project due in your final MSN course. You and your advisor will work together to complete this requirement.

Upon successful completion of the Literature Review assignment you should be able to:

■ Address an identified problem through a systematic synthesized review of the literature.


■ Textbook: Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Method Approaches (2018), Chapters 4 and 5

■ PowerPoint: Chapter 4 Writing Strategies & Ethical Considerations

■ File: Chapter 4 Writing Strategies & Ethical Considerations, Notes

■ PowerPoint: Chapter 5 The Introduction

■ File: Chapter 5 The Introduction, Notes

■ Textbook: Practical Research: Planning and Design (2016), Chapters 3, 5, and 13

■ PowerPoint: Chapter 3 Review of Related Literature

■ PowerPoint: Chapter 5 Writing the Research Proposal

■ PowerPoint: Chapter 13 Plan & Prep Final Report

■ Textbook: Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

 (2016), Chapters 1 and 14

■ File: Horton APA Grading Guide IWU Version Final.docx

■ File: 6.2 Template for Literature Review – 1.15.2018.docx

■ File: Proposal Summary Form (due in 6.3)

■ File: Lit Review – SAMPLE

■ File: Sample Spreadsheet of Articles Reviewed (due with the Literature Review)

■ File: Spreadsheet of Research Study Analysis (due with the Literature Review)

■ Website: Evidence Based Practice Toolkit for Nursing

■ Website: IWU Off Campus Library Services

■ Website: How to Conduct a Literature Search and/or

■ Website: How to Write a Literature Review and Part I Part II Part III


● Read chapters 4 and 5 in Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Method Approaches (2018); chapters 3, 5, and 13 in Practical Research: Planning and Design; chapters 1 and 14 in Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Review all other materials listed.

● Using the quantitative research question developed in Workshop One, the articles analyzed in Workshops Two through Five and the draft summaries, write a synthesized literature review. Synthesize a minimum of 16 research articles. Use the TEMPLATE found in the resources above and the sample review as a guide.

● You are not presenting everything about each study that you have read. Rather, present only the parts of the articles/studies which are applicable to your study.

● Begin with an introduction section (Example: This is a review of the literature and research findings related to the perception of nursing as a call or as a choice by those who have been registered nurses over varying lengths of time.), and follow with sections and subsections (entitled specific to your problem), according to the rubric below.

● Use the resources shared throughout the course, especially those in Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Method Approaches (2018), chapter 2, Practical Research: Planning and Design, pages 67-70, and the checklist in Preparing Literature Reviews: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (2016),pages 116-124 and the examples on pages 149-166. 

(Watch (10 minutes if you would like to learn more about how to write your literature review.) KEY: The lit review is NOT an annotated bibliography, rather it is a synthesized presentation of the most recent and classic studies addressing your question focus, written in a scholarly manner.

● It is difficult to give a page requirement because it will depend to some degree on the amount of literature available on the chosen topic. Most literature reviews are minimally in the range of 15 – 20 pages and are larger to accommodate a more complex question.● APA comprises 70 points in the rubric and will consider the points in the Horton guideline (see Resources list above). An APA Reference page should be included at the end of the review.

● When you have completed your assignment, you will submit three documents:

● Submit your Literature Review into Dropbox by day seven of the workshop (TurnItIn enabled).

● Submit your completed Spreadsheet of Articles Reviewed into the same Dropbox.

● Submit your completed Spreadsheet of Research Study Analysis into the same Dropbox.