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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 1st edition (6 Nov. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761959750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761959755
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`This book can provide an excellent framework for bolstering what is often an experiential process - doing a literature review. It is best seen alongside the supervisor, as a guide, through the multidimensional sea of academic literature' - British Educational Research Journal

`I have been waiting for this book for five years. It sets out a number of important dimensions involved in the process of literature review and by clear signposting, diagrams, and examples will help the student to carry out her or his review more systematically. Learning how to carry out a literature review has always entailed the experiential. While this is a the best way of learning, it is only so providing that learning actually takes place during the experience (or by reflection afterwards). This book makes explicit those dimensions which could remain implicit or even missed by the student as they wade through all those books, papers, articles, and print-outs' - Kevin Maguire, Nottingham Trent University

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Chris Hart is Senior Lecturer in Management and Organizational Studies at the University of Central England, Birmingham.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Maroukian on 8 Jan. 2007
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I used Chris Hart's book as a postgraduate student and I was more than satisfied to say the least. After reading the book I was able to advise my classmates as to how to write a good literature review.

There are a lot of interesting illustrations which thoroughly explain the process of prior research than needs to be done and then how it's all combined and written up as a document i.e. a literature review.

Moreover, the most important elements that are described within the book are the types of research available to the researcher, the goals of a research, the issues of different types of research, the different ways of argumentation, how to cite references, a checklist of do's and don'ts.

I recommend Hart's book to every postgraduate student bound to a literature review write-up and academics in general.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Ken Friedman on 7 May 2001
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Chris Hart's guide to doing a literature review presents a comprehensive perspective on the literature review as a research tool. While it is addressed to scholars in the social sciences, this book is useful in most areas of design research. Hart discusses the role of literature in research. He explains how reviewing earlier work releases the imagination rather than constraining it. He shows how to classify and read research literature, how to analyze arguments, and how to organize and express ideas. He also teaches the reader useful ways to map and analyze the ideas that each body of literature reveals. Finally, he demonstrates in careful, clear stages how to develop and write the literature review. At each point, Hart develops a serious, well-reasoned explanation that helps the scholar to understand why each step is important and how to do it well.

Ken Friedman
Professor
Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, and Denmark's Design School, Copenhagen

This review originally appeared in Design Research News, Volume 6, Number 5, May 2001 ISSN 1473-3862.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kevin Francis Mole on 12 Feb. 2002
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The book covers the typical issues in conducting a literature review in the social sciences. It covers the role of the lit review. How to review. Classifying and reading research. Analysing arguments. Organising ideas. Mapping and expressing ideas. The later sections bring to light the real purpose of the review: not to read everything written on x but to put the reasons for your study within the context of the past research in a topic and explore the ideas that have underlain progress in a topic. Excellent
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By hugh@j-oneill.freeserve.co.uk on 4 Feb. 2000
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I've searched around and bought a few books on how to do a thesis or literature reviews for my own thesis needs. An excellent book. Clearly written. It gave me exactly what I needed to understand how to construct a thesis or dissertation, what makes an average, good or excellent one. Stick with this book and you won't go far wrong.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tigran Haas on 1 Aug. 2003
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A brilliant book written in such a wonderful, transparent and
understandable style. A real gem that is best in its class. Excellent reference when judging graduate and post-graduate thesis works. Recommended warmly!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun. 1999
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If you are lost or intimidated by the idea of taking up a research, then this book sheds lights on how it can be done?, what a research process is all about? And it also unfolds some research mysteries, misconceptions, and gives you insights.
It is written in what I call crisp language. It is clear, it is plain, and consistent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Farah Asif on 13 Jan. 2010
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This book is fantastic and most captivating. It answers all questions on how to produce a comprehensive and high standard literature review across disciplinary and interdisciplinary research fields. It's a bible for those doing a literature review for the first time, and a guide book for those in process. Chris Hart successfully presents several research structures that are essential to follow for producing a distinctive literature review. The book contains seven chapters, encompassing extremely useful examples, and practical advice. The book is also crucial for those in the research field with no exaggerating on the emphasis of the importance it brings to all researchers. An inspiration and true joy to read, this book is far one of the most rewarding experiences for those who wish to engender an exceptional literature review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James MacLellan on 1 Oct. 2010
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This book is so skilfully written. One glides through it at ease.
The tables and figures complement the text so well.
Along with Prof. David Gray's "Doing Research in the Real World" text, this book forms the core of my text support for my research preparation.
I recommend this book to anyone wishing to conduct research in a practical sense (the book is not just for social scientists - I am an engineer and it is a book I refer to every day right now).
The current reprint is 2009 - a bluish cover paperback.
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