Providing readers with an accessible, in-depth look at how to synthesize research literature, Conducting Research Literature Reviews is perfect 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. Bestselling author Arlene Fink shows readers how to explain the need for and significance of research, as well as how to explain a study’s findings. Offering a step-by-step approach to conducting literature reviews, the Fourth Edition features updated examples and covers:
- how to select databases and evaluate their quality;
- selecting and organizing key words and other terms in order to effectively search databases and the Web;
- setting standards for evaluating the quality of research and other literature;
- extracting and recording information from articles and studies;
- synthesizing what the reader finds either descriptively or via a meta-analysis;
- recording and storing the results in a virtual file cabinet; and
- how to use bibliographic software.