Critiquing Literature Reviews
This week we are discussing literature reviews and how to critique them. Within our article
below, locate the literature review. A good study will discuss how relevant literature was found
and analyzed and the data presented within the literature. This is usually done in quantitative
studies prior to the start of a study.
Interestingly, in qualitative studies, a literature review is done AFTER data collection and is used
to support findings of the study. We will learn more about this in future chapters.
Stephens J. D, Yager, A. M, & Allen J. (2017). Smartphone technology and text messaging for
weight loss in young adults (Links to an external site.): A randomized controlled trial. Journal of
Cardiovascular Nursing, 32(1), 39–46. https://doi.org/10.1097/JCN.0000000000000307 (Links
to an external site.)
1. Does the review seem thorough and up-to-date? Did it include major studies on the topic?
Did it include recent research?
2. Did the review rely mainly on research reports, using primary sources?
3. Did the review critically appraise and compare key studies? Did it identify important gaps in
4. Was the review well organized? Is the development of ideas clear?
5. Did the review use appropriate language, suggesting the tentativeness of prior findings? Is
the review objective?
6. If the review was in the introduction for a new study, did the review support the need for the
7. If the review was designed to summarize evidence for clinical practice, did it draw appropriate
conclusions about practice implications?
ORIGINAL POSTS ARE DUE