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Example Literature Review Nursing Research Paper

Example of lit review at the beginning of an article:
Forbes, C. C., Blanchard, C. M., Mummery, W. K., & Courneya, K. S. (2015, March). Prevalence and correlates of strength exercise among breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(2), 118+. Retrieved from

Example of a comprehensive review of the literature:
Wilson, J. L. (2016). An exploration of bullying behaviours in nursing: a review of the literature. British Journal Of Nursing25(6), 303-306.

For additional examples, see:

Galvan, J., Galvan, Melisa, & ProQuest. (2017). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (Seventh ed.). [Electronic book]

Pan, M., & Lopez, M. (2008). Preparing literature reviews: Qualitative and quantitative approaches (3rd ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Pub. [Q180.55.E9 P36 2008]

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Literature Review Tutorials

  • Literature Reviews: An Overview for Students
    What is a literature review? What purpose does it serve in research? What should you expect when writing one? Find out here in this guide from NCSU libraries.
  • Write a Lit Review from Virginia Commonwealth University
    Follow this guide to learn how to write a literature review, beginning with a synthesis matrix.
  • The Literature Review: A Research Journey
    Learn to write a literature review from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
  • Literature Review: The What, Why and How-to Guide
    This guide will help you understand what is a Literature Review, why it is important and how it is done. Also includes information on Annotated Bibliographies.
  • Writing a Literature Review from the University of Toledo
    Covers what a lit review is, lit review types, writing a lit review and further readings.
  • The Literature Review Process
    A guide from the University of North Texas on selecting a topic, searching the literature, plan before reviewing, reviewing the literature and writing the review.
  • Writing a Psychology Literature Review
    Learn to write a targeted Psychology Lit review from the University of Washington.

Sample Literature Reviews