Open up the rubric and refer to it for guidance. Use the Literature Matrix template to complete the assignment. As your reading continues, you will add to and revise this matrix. That is why this initial one is called “preliminary.” Keep adding to it as you go along to organize and critique your sources. You will need the matrix to write your paper. You must use at least eight (8) primary research articles and should not use more than two (2) secondary sources. Articles should not be more than 6 years old. You may use medical research, but warning: they are comprised mostly of data and numbers because they are clinical trials. At least half of your sources need to be nursing research.
You are to use only primary research articles for the scholarly synthesis. A primary research article reports on an empirical research study conducted by the authors. It is almost always published in a peer-reviewed journal.
This type of article:
Asks a research question or states a hypothesis or hypotheses
Identifies a research population Describes a specific research method Tests or measures something
Includes a section called “method” or “methodology.” This may only appear in the article, not the abstract.Includes a section called “results.”
Words to look for as clues include: analysis, study, investigation, examination, experiment,
numbers of people or objects analyzed, content analysis, or surveys.
To contrast, the following are not
primary research articles:
Meta-Analyses (These are studies that arrive at conclusions based on research from
many other studies.)
Chapters in books
Speeches and interviews