Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the existing literature.

Using the Walden Library and other appropriate databases, locate five scholarly articles that pertain to a practice issue of interest to you and that is appropriate for an evidence-based practice project.

Step 1: Identify the resources you will utilize, or utilized, to find articles that pertain to your topic.

Electronic Databases Research or Professional Organizations Experts in the Field to Consult Books, Encyclopedias, Handbooks

Step 2: Identify search terms and criteria.

Keywords and Phrases
Major Authors Inclusion Criteria Exclusion Criteria

Step 3: Identify Boolean search strings.

Part III: Analysis of Literature

Step 1: Summarize the five articles you select from your search efforts in the table below.

Summary Table of Analyzed Articles (you may determine your own headings)

Citation Conceptual Framework/ Theory Main Finding Research Method Strengths of Study Weaknesses Level of Evidence

Step 2: Briefly summarize the history and purpose of your research question.

Step 3: Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the existing literature.


Step 4: What gap exists in the current literature? Explain.

Elkins, M. Y. (2010). Using PICO and the brief report to answer clinical questions. Nursing, 40(4), 59–60.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
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