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- Aveyard H (2010) Doing a literature review in health and social care (second edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press. Available to borrow from RCN UK Library.
- Craig J and Smyth R (editors) (2007) The evidence-based practice manual for nurses, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Available to borrow from RCN UK Library.
- Culley L and Dyson S (2010) Ethnicity and healthcare practice: a guide for the primary care team, London: Quay. Available to borrow from RCN UK Library.
- Greenhalgh T (2010) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine (fourth edition), Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Available online by opening this link and selecting "URL" in the new window. (RCN membership required)
- National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2007) How to change practice: understand, identify and overcome barriers to change, London: NICE. Available online by opening this link and selecting "URL" in the new window. (RCN membership required)
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- Coughlan M, Cronin P and Ryan F (2007) Step-by-step guide to critiquing research, part 1: quantitative research, British Journal of Nursing, 16 (11), 14 June, pp.658-663.
- Devitt P, Hardicre J and Coad J (2007) Writing for publication: ten steps to getting your paper published in a professional journal, British Journal of Nursing, 16 (5), 8-21 March, pp.290-291.
- Gordon, J. and Watts, C. (2011) Applying skills and knowledge: Principle of Nursing Practice F, Nursing Standard, 25 (33), 20 April, pp.35-37.
- Ingham-Broomfield R (2009) A nurses’ guide to the critical reading of research, Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26 (1), September-November, pp.102-109.
- Ryan F, Coughlan M and Cronin P (2007) Step-by-step guide to critiquing research, part 2: qualitative research, British Journal of Nursing, 16 (12), 28 June, pp.738-744.
- Wright, K and Ferns, T (2010) Simple writing skills for students, part 2: researching your subject, British Journal of Nursing, 19 (17), 23 September, pp.1118-1120.
- Bandolier: Critical appraisal
- Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network (GAIN) (Northern Ireland)
- NHS Choices Behind the Headlines - this NHS website publishes the reports behind topical media health-related headlines
- NHS e-libraries - This RCN web page has details of what is available on the 4 national NHS e-libraries and links to them
- RCN e-library
- RCN website: Nursing practice issues - Prinicples of Nursing Practice
- TRIP - Turning Research Into Practice
RCN publications and resources
- Royal College of Nursing (2011) Finding, using and managing information: nursing, midwifery, health and social care information literacy competences, London: RCN. (PDF 1.4MB).