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Conducting Research Literature Reviews

Conducting Research Literature Reviews
From the Internet to Paper

Fourth Edition

September 2013 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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

This is a book contains useful information for students about how to search using databases.

Whilst it is quite interesting to consider the worked examples these are very specific and therefore because of the terminology contained may be hard to follow.

It is not a book that you can easily skip sections on and make sense of the content

Dr Helen Stoneley
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
March 5, 2015

The Fink-Book is the best resource I know of for guiding students through a literature review. I regularly recommend it to students for their final thesis and it is a reocmmended (although not mandatory) reading for my course on "Research Methods in Business".

Professor Ruediger Hahn
Faculty of Business and Economics, GHK - University of Kassel
November 17, 2014

This book clearly shows all the different elements required in order to conduct a good literature review. Easy to follow and well written.

Miss Sharon Brooks
Faculty of Higher Education, City College Plymouth
November 16, 2014

An in depth examination of an area that students tend to struggle with initially. This is a comprehensive review of why a literature review is important, and hoe to conduct it.

Mr Bob Milward
Economics, Business & International Business, University of Central Lancashire
August 21, 2014

I did not feel this book met the needs of my students. I did however, use it in my syllabus as one of a list of recommended textss that students could purchase for more information.

Dr Susan Seay
Curriculum Instruction Dept, Univ Of Alabama At Birmingham
August 1, 2014

Fink's presentation and explanation of how researchers can make sense of the voluminous (and many times overwhelming) literature available online is most welcome and insightful. Students would also find this text book valuable to guide them how to identify, interpret, and analyse literature.

Professor Johan Van Graan
Department of Police Practice, Univ. of South Africa-Florida
July 1, 2014

The focus of our post graduate component is empirical research but this needs to be grounded in a thorough literature review - this book will assist students to do this.

Dr Bernadine Benson
Forensic Investigation Dept, University of South Africa
April 30, 2014

Although I believe this is a usefulll book I dont believe many of my students will find it useful. It goes into too much depth around literature reviews and is not an easy book to dip into

Ms Allison Dunhill
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
March 15, 2014

This book takes the reader step by step through the process of literature reviewing. It simplifies what students can often find as a daunting process. The book is well structured with clear headings and good use of tables and diagrams to explain relevant steps and approaches.

Dr Elaine McNichol
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
February 28, 2014

An accessible and in-depth, step-by-step guide on how to conduct literature reviews.

Mrs Sarah Watson
Criminology, Coventry University
January 14, 2014

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