This guide has been created to supplement Information Literacy instruction for students writing their papers in NURS 170. Be sure to check out the rest of the Nursing Subject Guide for help finding journal articles, statistics, websites and more!
Scholarly, peer-reviewed articles contribute to the disciplinary conversation in nursing.
What is a peer-reviewed article? VIDEO (YouTube; 3:25 mins)
How do I read a scholarly, peer-reviewed article: VIDEO (YouTube; 3:56 mins)
How do I identify a scholarly, peer-reviewed article? Look for the following:
|Published in an academic, peer-reviewed journal||Check the journal website. Examples: Advances in Nursing Science, Journal of Hospital Librarianship|
|Check-in: Is the journal peer-reviewed?||Check the journal info in the Ulrich's Database. Watch how|
|Author credentials & affiliations indicate expertise||Researcher, scholar, educator, practitioner affiliated with university, college or research hospital or institute (e.g.)|
|Original research, or in-depth analysis||Rigorous review of the literature on the topic, or research article (4-5 pages minimum)|
|Part of the scholarly conversation in the discipline||Includes review of prior literature, citations throughout, and an extensive list of references.|
In exploring nursing topics, it is good practice to find out what nursing associations say about the issues. Learn about:
Lists of nursing associations & professional organizations available here:
Search strategy: Use Google site: search to focus your topic search to the associations or organizations most relevant to you. Watch how:
Information literacy involves a reflective, critical-thinking, approach to finding, assessing and applying relevant information.
The steps of EBP and Information Literacy are closely aligned, with EBP being directly applied to a clinical practice question or scenario.
Sin, M. K., & Bliquez, R. (2017). Teaching evidence based practice to undergraduate nursing students. Journal of Professional Nursing, 33(6), 447-451.