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The Literature Review

The Literature Review
Six Steps to Success

Third Edition

May 2016 | 192 pages | Corwin

From daunting to doable in six steps

Graduate students who turn in exceptional literature reviews are recognized as excellent critical thinkers, as well as masters of academic argumentation, research writing and writing academic papers. But literature searches and composing the review itself can be intimidating and frustrating. 

The six-step process pioneered by this book has made the task flowing and seamless for masters and doctoral candidates in Education and related fields. This updated third edition features a wealth of all-new content including:

  • A flowchart that graphically illustrates Machi and McEvoy’s process.
  • Reflective Oversight boxes in each chapter that prompt readers to direct metacognitive activities.
  • Links to online guides and resources. 
  • Expanded examples illustrating theoretical concepts.

When you apply this system to your next literature review the work will be intuitive and enjoyable for you, and the results will impress your teachers and fellow researchers. 

Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course:

Slides - Introduction to The Lit Rev

Slides - Step 1 - Select a Topic

Slides - Step 2 - Develop Tools of Argumentation

Slides - Step 3 - Search the Literature

Slides - Step 4 - Survey the Literature

Slides - Step 5 - Critique the Literature

Slides - Step 6 - Write the Thesis

"The Literature Review clearly walks educators through the steps to completing a literature review with helpful checklists and graphic representations of the process. It makes a very daunting task much more manageable and systematic."
Andrea M. Capizzi
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

"This text is the best guide yet for our dissertation students. The format provides the learner with the framework to think about each step of the literature review process. This thorough and practical guide will provide candidates with the scholarly application that they require to think about their research."
Barbara J. Poling, Interim Dean
College of Education and Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne

About the Authors
Chapter 1: Step One. Select a Topic
Chapter 2: Step Two. Develop the Tools of Argumentation
Chapter 3: Step Three. Search the Literature
Chapter 4: Step Four. Survey the Literature
Chapter 5: Step Five. Critique the Literature
Chapter 6: Step Sic. Write the Review
References and Further Reading

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Professor Gerardo Restrepo
Education, Universite de Sherbrooke
December 19, 2021

Great source outlining the literature review step-by-step. I also recommend this book for doctoral candidates working on their study conceptualization.

Dr Victoria Sherif
Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational and School Psychology, Wichita State University
October 2, 2020

I was looking for a tool to help my students develop stronger literature reviews. The chapters on how to construct a strong argument were especially helpful.

Dr Tonisha B Lane
Adult Career Higher Ed Dept, University Of South Florida
August 10, 2016

I'll be using this text for the Summer term. It is perfect for doing research for position papers.It addresses the heart of the matter,i.e. the lit review, better than any text that I'm aware of. Most research texts are too spread out, too general. I'll let you know how the students respond to the Machi, McEvoy text.
Walter Charley, PhD

Mr walter charley
Graduate Psychology, Eisner Institute for Professional Studies
May 10, 2016

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