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Resources for nursing research: an annotated bibliography

When this book landed on my desk I wasn’t sure of its value. However, within a few days I had already found it extremely useful. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers at all stages of their careers. It acts as a starting point for those seeking information about a vast array of research-related topics. For example, if you want to know something about triangulation, a section that provides a definition is followed by a list of references and a few lines describing the content and usefulness of each reference. Should you be looking for information about a specific approach, an extensive list of references is provided about a broad range of methodologies.

The book is divided into three parts: sources of literature, methods of inquiry and the background to research in nursing. There are just under 3,000 entries in this book – 70 per cent of which relate to sources published since 1998, meaning this is a relatively up to date resource. Some websites are also provided so that readers can continue their searches; this extends the usefulness of the book. I would recommend this book to all researchers, indeed a psychologist colleague stated that she wished there was a similar resource for psychologists. The cost of the book (£50) may mean that it is out of the reach of novice researchers, but each academic department should consider having a departmental copy and there should be a reference copy available in every healthcare library.

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The book is divided into three parts: sources of literature, methods of inquiry and the background to research in nursing. There are just under 3,000 entries in this book – 70 per cent of which relate to sources published since 1998, meaning this is a relatively up to date resource. Some websites are also provided so that readers can continue their searches; this extends the usefulness of the book. I would recommend this book to all researchers, indeed a psychologist colleague stated that she wished there was a similar resource for psychologists. The cost of the book (£50) may mean that it is out of the reach of novice researchers, but each academic department should consider having a departmental copy and there should be a reference copy available in every healthcare library.

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