Benchmark – Literature Review

While the implementation plan prepares students to apply their research to the problem or issue they have identified for their capstone project change proposal, the literature review enables students to map out and move into the active planning and development stages of the project.

A literature review analyzes how current research supports the PICOT, as well as identifies what is known and what is not known in the evidence. Students will use the PICOT question from the earlier “PICOT Question” template and information from the “Literature Evaluation Table” assignment to develop a review.

Using eight peer-reviewed articles, write 750-1,000-word review that includes the following sections:

  • Introduction section (including PICOT Question)
  • A summary of the purpose of the studies
  • A comparison of sample populations
  • A synthesis of the studies’ conclusions (when looking at all of the studies together, group the conclusions by themes )
  • A summary of the limitations of the studies
  • A conclusion section, incorporating recommendations for further research

You are required to cite a minimum of eight peer-reviewed articles to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the past 5 years, appropriate for the assignment criteria, and relevant to nursing practice.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.

Rubric Criteria

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Introduction 2 points

Purpose of Studies 4 points

Comparison of Sample Populations 4 points

Synthesis of Studies’ Conclusion (B) 10 points

Summary of the Limitations of the Study 4 points

Conclusion and Recommendations for Further Research 4 points

Thesis, Position, or Purpose 2.8 points

Development, Structure, and Conclusion 2.8 points

Evidence 2.4 points

Mechanics of Writing 2.4 points


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