Doing a Literature Search: A Comprehensive Guide for the Social Sciences

Doing a Literature Search: A Comprehensive Guide for the Social Sciences

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By (author) Chris Hart

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 242mm x 14mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 25 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0761968105
  • ISBN 13: 9780761968108
  • Sales rank: 281,147

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Doing a Literature Search provides a practical and comprehensive guide to searching the literature on any topic within the social sciences. The book will enable you to search the literature effectively, identifying useful books, articles, statistics and many other sources of information. Split into three parts, Doing a Literature Search takes you through the process step-by-step: * Part 1 introduces the literature search, talking you through the organisation, planning and searching steps * Part 2 explores literature types, giving you an overview of materials you can use and how to find them * Part 3 takes you a step further, demonstrating advanced searching techniques along with using the internet. Whether you're looking to do a quick (indicative) literature search, or carry out a comprehensive search of literature, this handy guide gives you the tools and structure to undertake successful research. 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. Visit the SAGE Study Skills website for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

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

Table of contents

PART ONE: BASIC KNOWLEDGE: ORGANIZATION OF THE LITERATURE, PLANNING TECHNIQUES AND SEARCH MANAGEMENT The Purpose of Searching the Literature Search Preparation and Planning Search Management PART TWO: LITERATURE TYPES: WORKING THROUGH THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL FRAMEWORK Quick Reference Materials Finding Books and Bibliographies Finding Journal Articles Finding Grey Literature Finding Official Publications, Statistics and Archives Finding Citations and Reviews PART THREE: USING INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY: MORE ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNIQUES Using the Internet for Literature Searching Advanced Searching Techniques