NURS 8114 Search-Based Questions

Sample Answer for NURS 8114 Search-Based Questions Included After Question


  • Review the Week 8 Learning Resources, with particular attention to the Walden Library resources to support your literature search.
  • Evaluate your process as you access the resource materials and your literature search gets underway. Keep in mind the importance of selecting current literature, i.e., published in the previous 5 years. Consider what is working for you in identifying search topics related to your critical question and in finding relevant current articles, and what questions you have for colleagues and your Instructor.
  • Also draw on your Week 7 Discussion experience in identifying scholarly articles related to your critical question and comments from colleagues to act on as you begin your literature search. Be proactive in stating your questions and needs and clarifying your search process, to maximize the value of this Discussion and your Assignment in this module.
  • In addition to your Discussion post, you may also contact the Instructor directly by email with specific questions or needs related to your literature search. Follow the guidelines in the Course Syllabus for contacting the Instructor.

With these thoughts in mind …


Post a summary of your experience in beginning your literature search and assess your initial progress. Explain what is working for you in terms of a plan or search strategy for finding relevant, current literature, including Walden Library support resources you would recommend. Explain issues of concern and specific questions regarding the search process. References and citations are not required.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts.


Respond to at least two colleagues on 2 different days with suggestions of how to help and/or confirmation of similar issues/questions. No references are required.

A Sample Answer For the Assignment: NURS 8114 Search-Based Questions

Title: NURS 8114 Search-Based Questions

My search is an outline of what I used and what is working for me in a search strategy for finding relevant and most current literature. For my literature search, I use different search databases and different electronic libraries to do my searches including the Walden Library’s assistance services, during my search, I was able to find some recent, relevant material. I was able to locate the articles that are especially linked to my issue, and I am optimistic that I will continue to discover more articles when I add a little more work. I’m also apprehensive about the process of critically evaluating the material I uncover, but I’m optimistic that with the aid of my colleagues and my Instructor, I will be able to go through the process of critically evaluating all the articles that I find. Walden Library is one of the best and most helpful tools that is available for peer reviewed articles.

Literature Search

During my search, I do have some trouble finding different papers that are especially linked to my issue, but I am very optimistic that I will be able to discover more of what I need when I add a little more effort. The process is also apprehensive about of the critically evaluating the article that I found but I am sure that I will excel. These are the search strategies that I use in my search. Firth thing I did was to develop the research question that is specific in my subject area, I then identify what I want to get and use the keywords to search articles from library and internet resources. I did research several databases for articles that is related to my search topic. When I find articles that are related to my topic, I go through the terms to find out if they are related to my topic, I look at the terms that is used to describe them.

The databases that I use provide full-text articles and they are free through academic libraries and the Internet. They provide as much as possible so that I can save my time with searching for the needed information. When I was reviewing the literature searches, I compiled my search results into a report. If I am examining a topic for the first time and unaware of the research on it, I start with a broad synthesis of the literature, such as overviews and summaries of the literature on my topic. I do start with the most recent issues of the journals, look for studies about the topic that I am researching on, then work backward in time, and follow up on references at the end of the articles for more resources to examine. I will make sure that I check the articles carefully for authenticity and quality.

The issues of concern and specific questions regarding the search process that I have encountered experienced include.

I encountered too much information during my research while some of the information was extraneous materials, for this reason, I decided to filter my search results to retain only the relevant information. I found most of the valid information on blogs, but the sources cannot be cited because they are not peer-reviewed articles. Some of the relevant articles come up while searching but their dates are very old. Some of those articles have useful and relevant information but they cannot be use because they are cited to be tagged either too old or obsolete to be cited. Literature search can be time-consuming and tiring, if the topic of interest is relatively new or previously unresearched, there may be a dearth of information from online sources.

Electronic databases/resources which I usually use:

Allied and Complementary Medicine Database

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL): www.cochranelibrary.comLinks to an external site.

Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL):


PsycINFO: complementary-medicine-database to an external site.

Grey literature databases

BIOSIS Previews (part of Thomson Reuters Web of Science):https://apps.webofknowledge.comLinks to an external site.

A Sample Answer For the Assignment: NURS 8114 Search-Based Questions

Title: NURS 8114 Search-Based Questions

Evaluation of Literature Research 

As cited in Discussion seven, I conducted a literature search formulated from the PICO model mentioned in Dang et al. (2021). The critical question is: For adult patients diagnosed with a severe mental illness (SMI) encountered by social determinants of health, does inter-professional collaboration improve accessibility to outpatient treatments and better health outcomes?  I utilized Walden’s Library via the academic portal to begin my research process. After analyzing the critical question, I found that Walden’s library via the academic portal is one of the most helpful tools made available for researching peer-reviewed articles. I began my literature review search through the nursing database using CINAHL (CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) and MEDLINE combined search, which allowed me to gain access to thousands of peer-reviewed articles. CINAHL and MEDLINE are familiar search engines used in previous classes and my MSN degree program. I also utilized credible information obtained directly from the World Health Organization website and the most current publication, dated 2023. I am spending more time researching, reading, comparing, and discarding irrelevant articles that are not of high critical appraisal. 

Search Strategies and Finding Relevant, Current Research 

One article I researched under the CINAHL search tool was too broad, generating 25,167 findings for access to mental health. I added the word services; less than half of the articles specific to these keywords generated 10,301 articles. Narrowing the literature review to information supporting the critical claim was done by selecting health services under the subject heading and then selecting mental health services which generated 4,214 resources. After narrowing my search compared to utilizing CINAHL & MEDLINE Combined, 1754 articles were generated. The number of articles generated was not all relevant to my critical question.

Most of the time, I narrowed my search to peer-reviewed articles and rarely used book citations other than those offered in the course study. After narrowing my search for these peer-reviewed articles, I allocated 213 articles relevant to my practice question. Searching for the best articles relevant to my practice issue became daunting and disorganized. I also had to use the Boolean navigation to filter and apply more keywords relevant to my practice question. I had to create a system that would allow me to keep my literature review findings by categorizing them as the highest to lowest levels of evidence. I found 9 research articles ranging from level I to level V, of which four various ranges were used for discussion seven. Utilizing a more narrow search relevant to keywords worked best for me.

I purposefully synthesized a level V research article so that I could understand and compare the difference to highly rigorous literature relevant to my practice question. I also narrowed the expansion of the search engine for literature publications dated within the last five years, which allowed me to provide current knowledge. I became a little frustrated attempting to condense the amount of literature findings. However, three search fields are automatically populated, and I needed to narrow the research more by clicking on the plus sign located to the right of the last populated fields. After I figured out this simple task, allocating more relevant literature was easier, resulting in five populated fields. According to the readings of Dang et al. (2021), they suggested that the highest levels of research would provide the best critical appraisal when presenting the evidence-based practice (EBP) quality initiative (QI) research project. 

Specifications of the Search Process, Concerns, and Question(s)

Overall, I have had positive experiences except for two articles not being accessible due to a broken link. When working within time constraints, my concern is the turnaround time that it takes for a librarian to answer questions or assist students in locating similar articles. Ask the Librarian is a great resource, but it requires me to work ahead of schedule to be able to use this service. Walden’s general search library database did not work best in my literature review search. One search engine requires the individual to enter the exact name of the titles of articles, books, and other pieces of work. However, there was an article that I wavered on the level of rigorous evidence being too low. I should have written the author’s name or subject header down, and that specific search engine would have saved time in allocating the article.  

The other concern with using a general search and not using the filter options will exclude EBP case studies and some systematic reviews that would have been effective information to support my critical practice question. Utilizing the general research navigation and not keeping a proper ledger at the beginning of my articles and citations exhausted productive time that could have been used for other literature review findings. It was challenging trying to categorize the levels of the research articles when compared to Appendix H of the Synthesis Process and Recommendation Tool.  Question: My question is not about researching literature but trying to find additionalresources or methods that will assist me with categorizing the literature review level of evidence. I may be overlooking a more specific way to approach Appendix H when it comes to categorizing the levels of evidence. 

References not needed 

Dang, D., Dearholt, S. L., Bissett, K., Ascenzi, J., & Walen, M. (Eds.). (2021). Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice: Model and guidelines (4th ed.). Sigma Theta Tau International.