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NRS221 Research Skills Guide: Assessments

Assessment 1: Critique of a nursing assessment

For Assessment 2 you need to evaluate and critique a nursing assessment provided in your NRS221 Interact2 subject site.

To support your critique, you will need to use a minimum of 10 current, peer-reviewed and scholarly sources of information. To do this, work through the steps in this guide to identify keywords that you will use to search for and find suitable articles in Primo Search or CINAHL, one ofthe Library's journal databases. This guide also contains advice on using MIMS online, which will be useful for the polypharmacy and medication review section of the assessment.

The Evaluate section will help you determine whether your article is peer-reviewed, and appropriate to use in the assessment. It is important to remember that government and consumer advice websites (for example, Healthdirect and Dementia Australia) are not a substitute for peer-reviewed, scholarly information. Sites like Wikipedia, WebMD and personal or professional blogs are also not appropriate for use.

Choosing appropriate resources for Assessment 1

Assessment 1 asks you to use a range of scholarly and peer reviewed resources, which means you need to focus your search on peer reviewed journal articles and textbooks. You can also use policy documents, government or professional education sites as sources of information, but you need to make sure that these resources are used in combination with scholarly materials to support your conclusions.

Work through the Evaluate section of this guide for more information on the peer review process and how to verify the quality of a journal article or another resource using Ulrichsweb and the CRAP test, respectively. One major element of the CRAP test is currency, with current information defined as being from within the last 5-7 years for the purposes of this assessment. 

Resources that are not appropriate to use for assessment 1 include:

  • Blogs
  • Wikipedia
  • Consumer health information sites like Better Health Channel and Healthline
  • News media or newspaper articles