Start your search for articles in these Core Nursing Research Databases.
The first 3 databases (CINAHL and MEDLINE) can be searched simultaneously, by clicking on the "Choose Databases" link at the top of the CINAHL database).
Many electronic resources (research databases, e-books, etc.) are limited to CSU students, faculty, and staff when accessed off campus. You may be prompted to authenticate by entering your CampusNet ID and password.
"The literature" refers to all of the scholarly writings about a certain topic or with in a particular discipline:
This video from University of North Carolina at Wilmington provides a good overview of the literature review process:
Words to look for as clues include: analysis, study, investigation, examination, experiment, numbers of people or objects analyzed, control group, or survey.
* Literature reviews and meta-analyses also describe the authors' research method/methodology, focusing on their database search strategy and development of criteria for including or excluding individual study results. These articles are still secondary sources because they synthesize the findings of multiple research studies; the authors are not the primary researchers.