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Doing a Literature Search
A Comprehensive Guide for the Social Sciences

First Edition


© 2001 | 194 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

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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

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Fantastic guide to doing literature searches that I recommend to my dissertation and PhD students.

Dr Stacey Bushfield
School of Accounting & Finance, Dundee University
June 24, 2015

We will use this as a companion to the main Doing a literature review book by the same author. It is more for reference use than as a course reading.

Dr Danielle Tucker
Management, London School of Econ.
September 9, 2014

As well as recommending this book to the MA group for their dissertation module it is also now recommended reading for the Post Graduate Diploma students.

Miss Alison Woolf
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
June 18, 2014

Will complement other texts related to the more practical aspects of carrying out background research and reading.

Mrs Lynne Gordon
Sch of Health & Emergency Professions, Hertfordshire University
March 17, 2014

This book will be very useful for time poor postgraduate trainees undertaking masters level work during their PGCE course. When trying to pinpoint a specific area of focus the book provides practical and helpful suggestions about conducting a literature search.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
June 7, 2013

A text which students found helpful and one that I will recommend. There are various texts on research methods, but less on literature reviews, despite the fact that many MA social work students undertaken a literature review for their final study rather than primary research. A welcome text.

Mr Peter Simcock
Social Work and Advice Studies, Staffordshire University
April 20, 2013

Considered very useful and relevant

Mr Fatawu Bakare
Wolverhampton Business School, Wolverhampton University
March 12, 2013

Excellent resource for use with both undergraduate and postgraduate students

Mrs Deborah Haydock
community & child health, Chester University
March 12, 2013

Excellent text for undergraduates new to literature searches. It will also prove invaluable to post-graduate students who wish to ensure they take a systematic and pragmatic approach to their research as well as incorporating new avenues.

Mrs Sara Arazan
Social science and crimininal justice studies, University of Bradford
November 5, 2012

An essential companion for all masters students providing clear guidance and structured examples. Very useful.

Ms Susan Stallabrass
School of Health and Human Sciences, Essex University
November 9, 2011

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