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NURS 8000 Foundations & Essentials of Doctoral Study in Nursing: Week 4 Application

Peer Reviewed, Primary Research Articles

Find peer reviewed, primary research articles:

1. Go to the CINAHL Plus with Full Text database.

2. Enter your keywords in the search box. Make sure to divide your topic into its main parts and put each part in a separate search box.

CINAHL search on Obesity AND Child

3. Under Limit your results click in the boxes next to Full TextScholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, and Research Article.

CINAHL limit your results screen

4. Click on the green Search button to run your search.

CINAHL Search button


Note: If your search doesn't return any results you may need to broaden your search topic. To learn more about doing this, check out our guide: Define your Topic.

Health Topic Guides

Summary vs. Synthesis



Basic reading technique

Advanced reading technique


Explains a source by describing important points


Uses important points of multiple sources to draw one’s own, original conclusions


Shows only what original authors wrote


Creates something new by comparing or drawing relationships between the original writings of two or more authors

Addresses one set of information at a time (For instance, one usually writes a summary of paragraph addressing source A, a paragraph summary of source B, and so on)


Combines elements or parts of multiple sources within a single paragraph to address a common theme or idea


Demonstrates knowledge of overall meaning of a single source


Builds on multiple sources to achieve new insight and ideas.



Meal Plan for Successful Paragraphs

As you will be writing paragraphs in both discussion posts and in applications throughout your course, here is a general model for writing cohesive and logical paragraphs. In each of your paragraph, make sure you begin with a clear topic sentence. Next, be sure to include supporting evidence and analysis. Finally, provide a clear lead out or link, logically connecting one paragraph's ideas to the topic you discuss in the next paragraph:


Main Idea: Your topic sentence stating the concrete claim the paragraph is advancing.
Evidence: Paraphrase or direct quotations from the source material you are using to support your topic sentence's claim.
Analysis: Your explanation and evaluation of the evidence; explaining the evidence you provided and its relevance in your own words.
Lead Out: Concluding; preparing your reader to transition to the next paragraph (and the next claim).