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Conducting Research Literature Reviews : From the Internet to Paper

Conducting Research Literature Reviews : From the Internet to Paper - 2nd edition

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Conducting Research Literature Reviews : From the Internet to Paper - 2ND 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-1412909044

Arlene Fink

ISBN13: 978-1412909044
ISBN10: 141290904X
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 05
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

Conducting Research Literature Reviews, Second Edition shows readers how to identify, interpret, and analyze published and unpublished research literature. Through the use of checklists, case examples, and exercises, author Arlene Fink unravels the intricacies of:

  • Selecting questions to maximize the efficiency of the review
  • Identifying subject headings and key words for electronic searches
  • Identifying the most appropriate databases, including supplementing computer and Web-based searches
  • Dealing with unpublished studies
  • Setting inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • Justifying methods for reviewing only the ''highest quality'' literature
  • Preparing a structured literature abstraction form
  • Ensuring the reliability and validity of the review
  • Synthesizing and reporting results
  • Conducting and evaluating descriptive literature reviews
  • How to understand and evaluate the principles of meta-analysis

New to the Second Edition:

  • Flow diagrams to assist the reader in linking each step of the review to the contents of each chapter
  • New references and other online resources, including links to online literature reviews and meta-analyses
  • Guidance in choosing online public and private bibliographic databases for literature reviews
  • Tips for searching the web for research information

The text also discusses the use of Boolean operators for simple and advanced searches and shows readers how to use bibliographic software to organize literature reviews and search ''The Virtual File Cabinet.'' It also describes how to synthesize the literature as a stand-alone report or as a component of a paper or proposal.

This book is intended for anyone wants to research social, health, educational, and business issues. It is ideal for students, researchers, marketers, planners, and policymakers who design and manage public and private agencies, conduct research studies, and prepare strategic plans and grant proposals.

Table of Contents

REVIEWING THE LITERATURE: WHY? FOR WHOM? HOW?

A Reader's Guide
Purpose of this Chapter
What is a Research Literature Review? Why Do One?
Gaining Control: Experiments and Observations
Choosing an Online Bibliographic Database
Systematic, Explicit and Reproducible: Three Key Words
Identifiers and the Thesaurus
Pausing during the Search
Changing the Course of the Search
Supplementing the Online Search
Organizing the Research Literature: Building a Virtual Filing Cabinet
Summary of Key Points
Exercises
Online Literature Reviews
References

SEARCHING AND SCREENING: THE PRACTICAL SCREEN AND METHODOLOGICAL QUALITY (PART 1: RESEARCH DESIGN AND SAMPLING)

A Reader's Guide
Purpose of this Chapter
Search Screen 1: Practical Screen
Search Screen 2: Methodological Quality Screen-Part 1: Research Design and Sampling
Sampling
A Checklist to Use in Evaluating the Quality of Study Design and Sampling
Summary of Key Points
Exercises
References

SEARCHING AND SCREENING: METHODOLOGICAL QUALITY (PART 2-DATA COLLECTION, INTERVENTIONS, ANALYSIS, RESULTS, AND CONCLUSIONS)

A Reader's Guide
Purpose of this Chapter
Data Collection and Data Sources: Methods and Measures
Interventions and Programs: Reviewing the Research Literature to Find out What Works
Information Analysis: Statistical Methods in the Research Literature
Summary of Key Points
Exercises
References

DOING THE REVIEW

A Reader's Guide
Purpose of this Chapter
Types of Information Collection: Methods and Content
Eligibility and Actuality
Reliable and Valid Reviews
Uniform Data Collection: The Literature Review Survey Questionnaire
UniformData Collection: Definitions, etc.
Establishing Validity
Monitoring Quality
Summary of Key Points
Exercises
References

WHAT DID YOU FIND? SYNTHESIZING RESULTS

Purpose of this Chapter
Now that You Have Done It, What Do You Do with It?
Descriptive Syntheses or Reviews
Meta-Analysis
Meta-Analysis in Practice: Examples
Summary
Exercises
References

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