If you have to write a Lit Review, this is the book for you.
Arlene Fink (Ph D) is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of the Langley Research Institute.
Offering a step-by-step approach to conducting literature reviews, the Fourth Edition features updated examples and covers: how to select databases and evaluate their quality; selecting and organizing key words and other terms in order to effectively search databases and the Web; setting standards for evaluating the quality of research and other literature; extracting and recording information from articles and studies; synthesizing what the reader finds either descriptively or via a meta-analysis; recording and storing the results in a virtual file cabinet; and how to use bibliographic software.
`This is a great book for students, both for classroom use and to keep on their bookshelves once they graduate′ - Gale Spencer, Binghamton University Conducting Research Literature Reviews, Second Edition shows readers how to identify, interpret, and analyze published and unpublished research literature.
This is especially important for both graduate and undergraduate levels if you are asking the students to make judgments about the quality and applicability of articles they may read.
This book is not only timely but also a valuable way to help students evaluate articles they find on the Internet.′ --Anita Van Brackle, Kennesaw State University Arlene Fink (Ph D) is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of the Langley Research Institute.
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* Identifying the most appropriate databases, including supplementing computer and Web-based searches * Dealing with unpublished studies * Setting inclusion and exclusion criteria * Justifying methods for reviewing only the ′highest quality′ literature * Preparing a structured literature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.
Key Updates to the Third Edition The text also discusses the use of Boolean operators for simple and advanced searches, tells readers how to use bibliographic software to organize literature reviews and search "The Virtual File Cabinet.”Intended Audience This text is for graduate students in the social science, health, educational, and business fields.
Providing readers with an accessible, in-depth look at how to synthesize research literature, Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper is perfect 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.