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The Literature Review: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students (SAGE Study Skills Series) [Paperback]

Diana Ridley
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23 July 2012 1446201430 978-1446201435 Second Edition

Lecturers - request an e-inspection copy of this text or contact your local SAGE representative to discuss your course needs.

This second edition of Diana Ridley's bestselling book provides a step-by-step guide to conducting a literature search and literature review, using cases and examples throughout to demonstrate best practice. Ridley outlines practical strategies for conducting a systematic search of the available literature, reading and note taking and writing up your literature review as part of an undergraduate research project, Masters dissertation or PhD thesis.

New to this edition are:

  • Examples drawn from a wide range of disciplines
  • A new chapter on conducting systematic reviews
  • Increased guidance on evaluating the quality of online sources and online literature
  • Enhanced guidance in dealing with copyright and permissions issues.

Visit the Companion Website for The Literature Review
This book also comes with a companion website containing a wide range of examples of successful literature reviews from various academic disciplines.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (23 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446201430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446201435
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The Literature Review is a clearly written and easily accessible self-guided introduction packed with detailed examples. It's especially useful for budding researchers unfamiliar with crafting literature reviews that support strong theory development and empirical testing. I recommend it to every first-year doctoral student' -
Michael R. Hyman
Distinguished Achievement Professor, New Mexico State University

About the Author

Diana Ridley is a Senior Lecturer at the TESOL Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK where she supervises research students in the fields of English language teaching and academic literacies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Literature Review second edition 27 Oct 2012
I think that this book on doing a literature review is helpful for students at all levels. I recommend it to students studying research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and when they are doing a research project or dissertation. I'm particularly pleased that new aspects are being covered in the 2nd ed such as doing a systematic literature review. Doing a literature review can be challenging at every level and this book is a really great resource for students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Jan 2014
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A really useful tool for getting started with your literature review. Some practical guidelines and constructive tips which ensure that you're on the right track from the start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 13 Nov 2013
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I would recommend this book for anyone new to research, its easy to understand and very informative. A great bedtime read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very clear and useful 2 Mar 2013
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Helps you take a step by step approach to your review. Having never done one before and having limited time I wanted to make sure, as far as possible, I did it 'right' first time. There are some good tips in here and whilst I did not heed all of them - it really helped me get started.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Study Book 16 Dec 2013
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Of all the study books I purchased this is the one I least liked in terms of the style; this could however just be my preference
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