HLTH 4205 Week 2 Literature Review Research Methods & Analysis

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HLTH 4205 Week 2 Literature Review Research Methods & Analysis

 

Week 2: Conducting a Literature Review

Any credible research proposal must include a thorough summary and critical evaluation of previous work relevant to the intended subject. An effective literature review will not only allow the investigator to demonstrate mastery of the subject, but it should also provide the foundation upon which the case for an original study is based.

This week, you will review the key elements of a literature review, and you will investigate the tools and processes required to create one. Although you will not conduct and write a full literature review, you will become familiar with the tasks and methods needed to locate and analyze current research.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Demonstrate how to complete a computer search for relevant literature
  • Identify sources of funding for research
  • Evaluate different types of literature resources
  • Identify key terms and concepts relating to literature reviews

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Jacobsen, K.H. (2017). Introduction to health research methods. (2nd ed.). Burlington: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

  • Chapter 3, “Reviewing the Literature,” pp. 13–20

Grants.gov. (n.d.). Home. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html

National Institutes of Health. (n.d.). Types of grant programs. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from http://grants.nih.gov/Grants/funding/funding_progr…

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (n.d.). Grants and grant programs. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from http://www.rwjf.org/en/grants/what-we-fund.html

Walden University. (n.d.). Keyword searching: Finding articles on your topic. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/keyword

Walden University. (n.d.). Keyword searching: Finding articles on your topic: Boolean. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/keyword/…

Walden University. (n.d.). Searching and finding information in the library databases: Overview. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/searchingfinding

Walden University Library. (n.d.) Evaluating resources. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/evaluati…

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Library webinar archives: Webinars on library skills. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/webinar…

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Search the databases: Home. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/library/subject…

Optional Resources

Google Scholar. (n.d.). Search tips. Retrieved January 5, 2019, from http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/help.htm…


Discussion: Literature Review Article Search

Finding literature related to your research topic can be challenging. Earlier researchers were required to manually search for hours through journals in multiple libraries to find appropriate resources. Today, electronic libraries such as Walden University’s can provide access to scholarly documents within minutes.

In this Discussion, you will search for literature on your research topic using the Walden Library. The keywords, Boolean operators, and databases that you choose make a difference in the literature that you find, so use a variety and be creative with your searches. You will also locate potential funding sources for your research project.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Analyze the feedback that you received on your study questions and research topic both from the Instructor and from your colleagues
  • Finalize your research topic
  • Review this week’s Learning Resources on using the Walden Library and searching within the library
  • Review the Learning Resources on locating sources of funding and grants
  • Locate two articles in the Walden Library that relate to your research topic

By Day 4

Post a comprehensive response pertaining to your selected research topic including the following:

  • Identify the keywords you used to search the literature
  • Identify the Boolean operators that assisted you in your search
  • Identify the databases you searched for current literature
  • Identify professional journals that are likely to provide relevant literature on your research topic
  • Search the Internet for at least two organizations that might fund your research
  • Describe two articles that you found using the Walden Library and explain why they are useful to your research topic

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 6

Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Identify additional keywords, Boolean operators, and databases to help your colleagues find helpful literature
  • Identify additional organizations and professional journals that might be useful to your colleagues

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments. You are not required to post these final insights.

Submission and Grading Information

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 2 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 4 and Respond by Day 6

To participate in this Discussion:
Week 2 Discussion