Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper

Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper

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By (author) Arlene G. Fink

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  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 3 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 1412971896
  • ISBN 13: 9781412971898
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 246,906

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This book is intended for anyone who 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. This new edition includes: 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 to help users learn more about literature reviews; links to online literature reviews and meta-analyses; guidance in choosing online public and private bibliographic databases for literature reviews; and, guidance about searching the web for research information. The text also discusses the use of Boolean operators for simple and advanced searches, tells readers how to use bibliographic software to organize literature reviews and search 'The Virtual File Cabinet', and describes how to synthesize the literature as a stand-alone report or as a component of a paper or proposal to justify the need for and significance of research, and/or to explain a study's findings.

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Arlene Fink (PhD) is professor of medicine and public health at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 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 Prevention Secondaire en Addictologie (IPPSA) 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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"Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper proves to be such an effective accompaniment to the research process that it serves as a foundational text for the researcher yet provides a clear and thorough blueprint for the graduate student." -- Patrick Stearns

Table of contents

Preface Chapter 1. Reviewing the Literature: Why? For Whom? How? Chapter 2. Searching and Screening: The Practical Screen and Methodological Quality (Part 1: Research Design and Sampling) Chapter 3. Searching and Screening: Methodological Quality (Part 2: Collection, Interventions, Analysis, Results, and Conclusions) Chapter 4. Doing the Review--A Reader's Guide Chapter Chapter 5. What Did You Find? Synthesizing Results Author Index Subject Index