This article explores how to search and critique the research literature. This involves explaining how to generate a robust literature review question, search databases in the most effective manner and produce a robust analysis of the literature. The article also outlines how a novice literature reviewer might develop the skills required to undertake a critical analysis of the available evidence. In this manner, the reader is able to present a coherent debate on the state of the literature and how this might be used to construct a comprehensive rationale for why further research or analysis of clinical practice may be needed in relation to a particular topic of interest.
NS745 Wakefield A (2014) Searching and critiquing the research literature. Nursing Standard. 28, 39, 49–57. Date of submission: February 12 2014; date of acceptance: March 20 2014.