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Nursing : Qualitative literature

This guide contains resources to help you with your study and research in Nursing.

Video Tutorial : Searching for Qualitative Literature

'Clinical Queries' database limits - what do they do?

Information about what is happening behind the scenes when you use the Qualitative Clinical Queries limits in your search:

Medline & PubMed - McMaster University Health Information Research Unit's syntax

Cinahl - EBSCO's 'What are the search strategies used by CINAHL Clinical Queries?'

Qualitative or Quantitative?

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether a piece of research is qualitative or quantitative. This document outlines some of the main differences between qualitative and quantitative research.

Some researchers employ a 'mixed methods' approach -- this is where both qualitative and quantitative research methods are used to gather and analyse data.

Evaluating qualitative research

How do I assess the quality of the research studies I find?

Use a tool such as the CASP qualitative checklist

OR try “Guide to an overall critique of qualitative research report” (Polit & Beck, 2012, pp. 115-117) – Chapter 5, Nursing Library

Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2012). Nursing research : generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Other useful resources