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Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper [Paperback]

Arlene G. Fink
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8 Feb 2005 141290904X 978-1412909044 Second Edition
`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Research Literature Reviews, Second Edition shows readers how to identify, interpret, and analyze published and unpublished research literature. 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• Dealing with unpublished studies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.

Praise for the First Edition

'There is finally a book available that removes the mystery and guesswork from doing literature reviews. 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 VanBrackle, Kennesaw State University



Product details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Second Edition edition (8 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141290904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412909044
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a great book for students, both for classroom use and to keep on their bookshelves once they graduate. (Gail Spencer)

"Classed with scientific research handbooks, Fink's work provides examples of designs and analytical concepts from medical, educational, psychosocial, and business domains. She laudably holds qualitative and observational research designs to the same standards of reliability and validity as experimental research." (P.E. Sandstrom CHOICE 2005-07-01)

"This book is a textbook with apparatus: opening summaries of the each chapter ("A reader's guide") exercises with suggested answers, and references cited in each chapter. But this book is much more than a how-to for students to learn how to design and write literature reviews. Fink devotes considerably space to the always tricky question of how to evaluate the actual articles you select to review." (Tom Warren Journal of the Society for Technical Communication 2006-06-09)

About the Author

Arlene Fink (PhD) is a professor of medicine and public health at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of the Langley Research Institute. Her main interests include evaluation and survey research, conducting research literature reviews, and the evaluation of their quality. Dr. Fink has conducted scores of evaluation studies in public health, medicine, and education. She is on the faculty of UCLA’s Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and is a scientific and evaluation advisor to UCLA’s Gambling Studies and IMPACT (Improving Access, Counseling & Treatment for Californians with Prostate Cancer) programs. She consults nationally and internationally for agencies such as L’Institut de Promotion de la Prévention Secondaire en Addictologie in Paris, France, and Peninsula Health in Victoria, Australia. Professor Fink has taught and lectured extensively all over the world and is the author of over 135 peer-reviewed articles and 15 textbooks.


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This book was very useful for my MSc dissertation. I was pleased with the price I paid for it; however, it did arrive too late to use it for one of the modules I bought it for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An informative guide to identifying, interpreting, and analyzing published and unpublished research literature 4 July 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Now in its second edition, Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From The Internet To Paper is an informative guide to identifying, interpreting, and analyzing published and unpublished research literature. Checklists, sample cases, exercises and more illustrate the intricate difficulties and useful methodologies for selecting questions that will make the review most effective, identifying the most appropriate databases, setting inclusion and exclusion criteria, conducting and evaluating descriptive literature reviews, and more. The second edition offers new features including tips for searching the web for research information, flow diagrams to aid the reader in applying each step of the review, new references and other online resources. A scholarly and extremely practical guide especially for students and professionals in need of a strict process to sift through the dross and find the hidden gold within the information highway.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, well-organized, succinct 16 Feb 2008
By Jack Burton - Published on Amazon.com
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As part of my educational requirements, I was required to write a literature review. While I understood what that meant, the nuts and bolts of doing so was overwhelming to me. Thankfully, I found this title on Amazon. I found this book to be incredibly useful in writing my literature review. What seemed to be the most important factor was that this book lays out a step-by-step plan in writing the review, and what exactly must be done. Additionally, the book de-mystifies the idiosyncrasies of writing style when writing one of these. I firmly think that if I had not found this title, I would have had a much more difficult time writing my review. Highly recommended!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative guide to identifying, interpreting, and analyzing published and unpublished research literature 4 July 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Now in its second edition, Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From The Internet To Paper is an informative guide to identifying, interpreting, and analyzing published and unpublished research literature. Checklists, sample cases, exercises and more illustrate the intricate difficulties and useful methodologies for selecting questions that will make the review most effective, identifying the most appropriate databases, setting inclusion and exclusion criteria, conducting and evaluating descriptive literature reviews, and more. The second edition offers new features including tips for searching the web for research information, flow diagrams to aid the reader in applying each step of the review, new references and other online resources. A scholarly and extremely practical guide especially for students and professionals in need of a strict process to sift through the dross and find the hidden gold within the information highway.
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