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Doing a Literature Review
Releasing the Research Imagination

Second Edition


January 2018 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The ultimate guide to the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of literature reviewing, the second edition of the classic text shows how the literature review will unlock the full potential of one's research with:
  • A thorough exploration of the literature review process from start to finish
  • Two brand new chapters explaining the different types of review and evidence and evaluation
  • Extended examples that show you how to apply key techniques and procedures
  • A new ‘core skills’ framework to help you turn your research experience into employability
  • A critical thinking focus that will help you construct convincing arguments and improve your research decisions 

In combining a critical, philosophical approach with an expertly selected body of practical examples, the Second Edition of Chris Hart's landmark text provides both the intellectual understanding and the technical skills required to produce sophisticated, robust literature reviews of the very highest standard.

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The research imagination
 
The purpose of literature reviewing
 
Classifying and reading research to review
 
Different types of literature review
 
Argumentation analysis
 
Evidence, evaluation and critical realism
 
Understanding and analysing the ways ideas are organised
 
Mapping and analysing ideas
 
Writing the review

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The lit review is no longer a brief preliminary to the real business of doing social research. There is no topic which has not been studied previously in some form and by some means. Research synthesis and secondary analysis have moved to the core of social inquiry. Hart’s text provides clear and authoritative guidance on how to anchor a study. 

Raymond Pawson
University of Leeds

Chris Hart has yet again written a brilliant ‘hands on’ book offering a unique approach to combining theory, concepts and practical applications that push the reader’s critical and creative thought boundaries to reach new scholarly heights. No matter your discipline, this is a must-have book.

Adela McMurray
RMIT University

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