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DNP Evidence-Based Practice Project: Library Resources: Evidence Synthesis

This guide is designed to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with the research and scholarly writing components of the final DNP Project.

Evidence Synthesis: Getting Started

Evidence synthesis involves bringing together the key findings from research studies in an organized, structured, and methodical way. Synthesis can be accomplished using a variety of methods. For your DNP-EBP project, you will be required to write a literature review section in your paper and include an evaluation table. 

This page provides access to recommended articles and books related to literature reviews and evidence synthesis. These resources are meant to increase your understanding of evidence synthesis and its importance within the evidence-based practice process. Click the links below to jump to specific sections of this page:

Recommended Articles on Writing a Literature Review

Click the links below to access articles in full-text.

After clicking the links below, proceed to the full-text by either clicking the PDF Full-Text or FindIt@UT icons. 

Print Books & E-Books from the UToledo Libraries on Evidence Synthesis

Creating an Evaluation Table

Below is a template for creating your Evaluation Table. This table is for ALL studies, NOT one table per study.

This template was developed by Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt and is included on pp. 848-849 in the 5th edition of their text Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice (2023). This text is required for the DNP program and is also available on Reserve at the Mulford Library. It provides additional details and prompts to help you populate your table with information from your included "keeper" studies. 

Citation: Author, Date of Publication & Title Purpose of Study Conceptual Framework Design/Method Sample/Setting Major Variables Studied and Their Definitions Measurement of Major Variables Data Analysis Study Findings

Worth to Practice

Level of Evidence (LOE)





Add as many rows as needed to your table