The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to scientific peer reviewed journal information that is available to you as a dental hygiene professional. Dental hygiene care is evidence-based and this evidence is found in peer refereed studies and journal articles.
First step: To learn more about Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), complete this tutorial before starting your literature review.
You will do both a written and oral report based upon a review of the current literature.Minimum Requirements
Choose a current research topic in dental hygiene. Need help finding a topic? Link to our A-Z list of electronic journals, then click on the "Subject" tab. Page down the list to find "Medicine" and select the category for "Dentistry". Click on the links to the database for a particular journal and follow the links to browse or search current issues of each journal title.
Your literature review will need to include:
- A minimum of three (3) peer-reviewed references, published from January 2004 to date.
- A maximum of one (1) page per article reviewed.
- A copy of each of the peer–reviewed articles that you have chosen.
- A bibliography citing your references in APA format.
Place your project in a report cover in the following order:
- Topic Page with Title of Research Subject and Bibliography in APA format.
- The article summary for each journal article followed by the article.
The oral presentation will consist of the topic and review of articles.
Written report 50 pts. Topic Page with Bibliography in APA Format
Article Summary for each article
30 pts (10 pts
Oral presentation: Information is presented in a concise manner, where the presenter can discuss the articles reviewed without reading notes. 50 pts.
What is a Literature Review?
The literature review provides your audience with relevant information about your topic, as well as your synthesis and evaluation of the article. It is not just a summary of the article. It is not possible to provide all of the information on a topic with five articles. As you locate articles, determine those that are the most relevant and that give you the most information. Choose a minimum of five articles. Before you begin, locate other literature reviews in your discipline, such as this article (*requires the barcode from your Lone Star College ID or library card for off-campus access).
There are several steps in writing a literature review:
- Choose a research area. For this assignment, you may choose any current topic in dental hygiene (see Minimum Requirements). Identify sources of information. This literature review will be limited to peer-reviewed research articles in journals only. Articles must have been published from 2004 to date. A list of sources is included with this guide below. Record citation information for your report and bibliography as you research. Review the APA guide before you start. Locate, read and evaluate potential articles. Take notes on your articles, and identify patterns as well as agreements or disagreements among the authors. The guides listed below contain excellent questions to consider as you read and evaluate each article.
- Write your review, including your own synthesis and evaluation of the articles you selected. Provide a citation and a summary for each article.
The following links are excellent guides on writing literature reviews:
- The Literature Review: A Few Tips on Conducting It (University of Toronto Writing Center) - Good, brief list of questions to ask in order to conduct an effective review.
- Literature Reviews - Tips on research strategy and organization of a literature review from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- How to Write a Literature Review - An easy-to-read overview of how to develop your literature review; from Agnes Scott College Writing Center.
Journal of Dental Hygiene Keep up with original research in the practice and education of dental hygiene in this peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by The American Dental Hygienists' Association. Database access through CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health) to the full text from January 2001 (volume 75 issue 1).
Access full-text articles of the Journal of the American Dental Association online beginning with 1995 and in the LSC-Kingwood Library (current only; shelved with the LC classification for R-RZ in the library's reference section). You may check out all issues except for the most recent.
Locate additional sources by searching the databases listed below. Use the 14-digit barcode number from your LoneStar college ID or library card to login to the Journal of Dental Hygiene and the databases from off campus (except for Medline/ PubMed). Lone Star College-Kingwood Library provides an interlibrary loan service to obtain articles not located in our system. Start your research early to take advantage of this service! NOTE:Before requesting an article, search for the journal title in our A-Z database of eJournals. If an article can be found in any of our databases, it will be listed with links to the databases. Questions? Please ask any reference librarian! Most databases include a way to restrict searches to articles by date, as well as articles that are considered peer-reviewed or scholarly articles. For this assignment, you need articles published from January 2003 to date.
Use the following databases to identify articles for your literature review:
- Academic Search Complete
- A multi-subject, general database which includes some articles of interest to dental hygienists. Limit your search to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" by checking the box on the search screen.
- Health Reference Center: Academic
- Indexes health and medical articles, including dentistry and dental hygiene (tip: use 'oral hygiene' to search or browse). Check the box labeled "to peer-reviewed publications" to limit your search. Reference materials and news are also available. The link takes you the 'subject guide' where you can narrow your topic or find related subject terms, as well as choose articles, reference materials or dictionary definitions.
- CINAHL Plus with Full-Text
- (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) - Locate articles from over 1,700 current publications dating back to 1982. Check the box labeled "References available" for the best results. Full-text is limited for dentistry and dental hygiene.
- PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi)
- An international medical database of more than 14 million articles published in over 4800 journals. To learn more about using PubMed, use the links to Help and the PubMed Tutorials. Select the Advanced link for more help in building a good clinical search query.
Select the Clinical Queries link from the main menu (listed under PubMed Tools) to find clinical studies and systemic reviews.
LSCS Libraries also provides a version of the Medline database that you can search from the same publisher of CINAHL. Limit your search to "Linked Full Text" for the text of the article. You may also use the "Check LinkSource for more information" to search the library catalog for a print copy. If the text is not available through the database or in the library's collection, you may request articles not found in our libraries or databases through the interlibrary loan service; this service may take up to two (2) weeks to locate and deliver specific articles.
- Trip Database - This specialized search engine focuses on finding evidence-based medical information. The results list can be narrowed by level of evidence, groups articles, summaries, and standards, and provides direct links to clinical queries to the PubMed database.
Librarian Talk about getting help
Support for a successful paper is more than finding the right resources. Putting it all together takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes additional help from the librarians or tutors. Please consider the following resources if you need additional help. Remember, the expert on the assignment is your professor.
Citing Sources Using APA Style | Lone Star College-Kingwood Library style guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.Contact your instructor, Amy Murphy, if you have questions about your assignment.
Tutoring | Information on services available from the Lone Star College-Kingwood Learning Center. You may also call 281-312-1439.
Page created by Jimmi Rushing. Jan. 2005; updated 7/2012 bb; jfr.