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Conducting Research Literature Reviews
From the Internet to Paper

Fifth Edition


February 2019 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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. Bestselling author Arlene Fink shows readers how to explain the need for and significance of research, as well as how to explain a study’s findings.
   
Offering a step-by-step approach to conducting literature reviews, the Fifth Edition features new research, examples, and references from the social, behavioral, and health sciences, expanded coverage of qualitative research, updated and revised meta-analysis procedures, a brand new glossary of key terms, double the number of exercises, and additional examples of how to write reviews.
 
Chapter 1: Reviewing the Literature: Why? For Whom? How?
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  
 
Research Design and Sampling
 
Chapter 2: Searching and Screening: The Practical Screen and Methodological Quality
Search Screen 1: Practical Screen  
Search Screen 2: Methodological Quality Screen  
Sampling  
A Checklist to Use in Evaluating the Quality of Study Design and Sampling  
 
Data Collection, Interventions, Analysis, Results, and Conclusions
 
Chapter 3: Searching and Screening: Methodological Quality
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  
 
Chapter 4: Doing the Review
Types of Information Collection  
Eligibility and Actuality  
Reliable and Valid Reviews  
Uniform Data Collection: The Literature Review Survey Questionnaire  
Uniform Data Collection: Definitions, Etc.  
Establishing Validity  
Monitoring Quality  
 
Chapter 5: What Did You Find? Synthesizing Results
Now that You Have Done It, What Do You Do With It?  
Descriptive Syntheses or Reviews  
Meta-Analysis  
Meta-Analysis in Practice: Examples  

“Fink’s tone, level, and style is very approachable and understandable which makes it ideal for my students, most of whom are new to the process of literature reviews.”

Jana Nidiffer
Oakland University

“This book provides rich, useful, details on conducting literature review & constructing evidenced based reviews.”

Janet Reid-Hector
Rutgers University Camden
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • Nearly 100 new online research examples and references from the social, behavioral, and health sciences
  • Updated case studies using major online databases such as the Web of Science
  • More qualitative research examples and guidelines and checklists for evaluating their quality
  • An explanation of how “meta-synthesis” is used to interpret and combine the results of qualitative studies
  • A brand new glossary of key terms to assist readers in learning about literature reviews 
  • A discussion of how to account for an article’s impact by interpreting its altmetrics, including attention scores, donut diagrams, and Twitter demographics 
  • Additional examples of how to write up reviews and how others have done it
  • Expansion of the exercises at the end of the chapter to vary difficulty and include more online searching
  • An introduction to the GRADE system to evaluate the “risk of bias” in each research article

KEY FEATURES: 

  • Step-by-step procedures and visual examples help readers master every aspect of conducting the literature review process
  • Online examples and case studies bring the literature review process to life
  • End-of-chapter exercises help readers master key concepts and skills
     

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