Nursing Research Guide
Improve your research by working smarter: take advantage of this research guide. It provides tips on conducting research, finding scholarly journal articles, locating books, linking to key web resources, and citing your sources. It also has links to online assistance, library hours, and research tutorials.
Research Paper Timeline/Checklist
Nursing and Allied Health
Begin with your course syllabus. Estimate the time you can spend each week on this paper. Plan for library research time, interlibrary loan and document delivery of research articles, and time for writing and revising. Work backward to be sure your paper is ready on time.
________Date paper is due
________2 weeks for editing/proofing
________2-3 weeks for writing
________2-3 weeks for
________2 weeks for library/Internet research
________2 weeks for topic selection/approval
________Date you should start your paper
Planning your timeline and systematically researching your topic will give you a head start with your paper. Not all papers require extensive research, so select a research strategy that makes sense for each assignment. Use the checklist ahead of time to identify what research tools you want to use, and use it as you work along to make sure you don’t forget something important.
________1. Topic identification/background (medical or nursing dictionary, or textbook)
________2. Journal articles (look through current issues, use journal indexes such as CINAHL, MEDLINE, ScienceDirect,
________3. Book resources (search online catalogs such as PlattCat, SUNYCat, Worldcat) and booksellers like Amazon)
________4. Internet resources (use an internet search engine, links at your library or go to NYSNA or ANA web pages).
________5. Local resources (hospital libraries, health agencies, social service agencies, local chapters of American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, caregiver support groups, Red Cross…)