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Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis

Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis
A Step-by-Step Approach

Fifth Edition

January 2016 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Fifth Edition of Harris Cooper's bestselling text offers practical advice on how to conduct a synthesis of research in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The book is written in plain language with four running examples drawn from psychology, education, and health science. With ample coverage of literature searching and the technical aspects of meta-analysis, this one-of-a-kind book applies the basic principles of sound data gathering to the task of producing a comprehensive assessment of existing research. 

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STEP 1: Formulating the Problem
STEP 2: Searching the Literature
STEP 3: Gathering Information From Studies
STEP 4: Evaluating the Quality of Studies
STEP 5: Analyzing and Integrating the Outcomes of Studies
STEP 6: Interpreting the Evidence
STEP 7: Presenting the Results
CONCLUSION: Threats to the Validity of Research Synthesis Conclusions

A must-have book on any library. This book provides practical guides and important theoretical issues regarding meta-analysis.

Mr Marcos Ferasso
Business Administration , Federal University of Parana
February 11, 2016
Key features


  • An updated Chapter 4 provides new material on techniques for searching the literature, with an emphasis on new technologies and the Internet.
  • Expanded coverage in Chapter 6 includes many of the new developments in the techniques for meta-analysis, including new statistics for describing meta-analytic results and brief introductions to new techniques for combining complex data structures.
  • A new running example illustrates each step of the research synthesis process.
  • Updated references throughout reflect the latest developments in the field.


  • Chapter-ending exercises provide opportunities for hands-on learning and can be used for class projects.
  • Critical questions to ask about synthesis methodology at each step and coverage of “best practices” prepare readers to conduct their own research syntheses.
  • Updated material on techniques for searching the literature emphasizes the use of new technologies.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 4

Chapter 6

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