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Nursing Research: Getting Started

Concepts of the Research Process

Empirical studies represent a systematic investigation of an original research question and are formulated using the principles of the scientific method. See the basic steps below.

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Scientific Headings

Common Headings used in Research Articles

Background
Objective
Methods
Procedure
Statistics
Results
Discussion

Nursing Research

Welcome! This research guide pulls together a variety of resources you may want to use if you are conducting research on the issues of nursing research.

 Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles and recommended databases, primary sources and recommended reliable websites.

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Good luck in your research.

Comparing Qualitative versus Quantitative Research Methods

Qualitative Research Quantitative  Research
Inductive    Objective
Impressionistic Conclusive
Holistic, interdependent system Independent and dependent variables
Purposeful, key informants Random, probabalistic sample
Not focused on generalization Focused on generalization
Aims at understanding, new perspectives Aims at truth, scientific acceptance
Case studies, content and pattern analysis   Statistical analysis
Focus on words Focus on numbers
Probing Counting


Source: Patton (1990) and Chisnall (2001)

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