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NURS - Resources for BSN Students

Guide to Library and Information Resources for Nursing Students
Subjects: Nursing & Health

DEFINITIONS

Clinical Nursing Research – research designed to generate evidence to guide nursing practice and to improve the care and quality of life of clients/patients. (Polit, D. (2006)  Essentials of nursing research : methods, appraisal, and utilization. Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, p.4)

Empirical research/evidence- research which is based on observed and measured phenomena and it is research that derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief. (http://library.msstate.edu/li/tutorial/empirical). 

Qualitative/Naturalistic  Research– research dealing with phenomena that are difficult or impossible to quantify mathematically, such as beliefs, meanings, attributes, and symbols.  Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc.

Quantitative/Scientific Research –  research involving formal, objective information about the world, with mathematical quantification; it can be used to describe test relationships and to examine cause and effect relationships.  Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc.