Narrative Literature Reviews

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Narrative literature reviews Introduction n A literature review is a comprehensive study and interpretation of the work that has been published on a particular topic n A literature review should convey the knowledge and ideas that have been established on a topic and their strengths and limitations Why undertake a literature review? n To provide a review of the current knowledge in a particular field n Provide a description of research studies n Identify gaps in current knowledge n Identify emerging theoretical issues n Identify theories relevant to your chosen topic n Allow studies to be compared and contrasted n Learn about the practice experience of others n Become informed about the debates and arguments on a specific subject n…show more content…
Kubler-Ross and loss, grief etc) – include relevant author names n Link search to a relevant context e.g. child health (Price 2003) Student activity n In your groups identify the search terms that you would use to search for appropriate literature. n What search frame/parameters would you use? Selecting literature n Your selection: n Does not have to be exhaustive (you do not have to find or reference everything that has been written on the topic) n You must include however, the most important related studies (seminal or key work and/or authors that everyone else writing about the topic seems to refer to. You should also read them yourself!) n Must be up-to-date n Must not rely solely on secondary sources n (Bryant et al 2003) Evaluating the literature n When drawing on published research for your review you must have read the report critically n You do not need to summarise the whole report in your review, just provide enough description so that its relevance to your argument is clear and that any criticisms you have make sense n (Bryant et al 2003) Tables of information n To help decide which studies are credible and to help with organising the review it may be helpful to make a

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