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Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review

Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review

Second Edition
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May 2016 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Showing you how to take a structured and organized approach to a wide range of literature review types, this book helps you to choose which approach is right for your research. Packed with constructive tools, examples, case studies and hands-on exercises, the book covers the full range of literature review techniques.

New to This Edition:
  • Full re-organization takes you step-by-step through the process from beginning to end
  • New chapter showing you how to choose the right method for your project
  • Practical guidance on integrating qualitative and quantitative data
  • New coverage of rapid reviews
  • Comprehensive inclusion of literature review tools, including concept analysis, scoping and mapping
With an emphasis on the practical skills, this guide is essential for any student or researcher needing to get from first steps to a successful literature review.
Getting Started on Your Literature Review
Taking a Systematic Approach to Your Literature Review
Choosing Your Review Methods
Planning and Conducting Your Literature Review
Defining Your Scope
Searching the Literature
Assessing the Evidence Base
Synthesising and Analysing Quantitative Studies
Synthesising and Analysing Qualitative Studies
Writing, Presenting and Disseminating Your Review

The second edition of this text is most welcome. The new chapter on selecting your review methods is excellent, readable and scholarly. There is more practical guidance on rapid reviews and integrating qualitative and quantitative data, which will be of great assistance to students and researchers alike. The new content on review tools and more highly developed secondary data research such as concept analysis are great additions. 

Sue Schutz
Senior Lecturer, Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Systematic reviews of literature are a crucial step of evidence-based practice, and this book establishes the benchmark on how to undertake this process.  It provides a wonderful description on how to locate and critically analyse all relevant prior work, published and unpublished, in as unbiased manner as possible.  This is the best book I have read on the topic and it is most highly recommended.

Bruce A. Thyer
Professor of Social Work, Florida State University

As a university librarian with particular responsibility for supporting, among others, the educational psychology training course, I am very aware of the difficulties posed by producing a high-quality systematic review of the literature. Now in its second edition, Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review goes a long way towards alleviating some of the stresses and concerns caused by the process. Aimed at both students and researchers, it breaks down each element of the review process across ten comprehensive chapters, covering everything from review methods to effective dissemination. The clear layout makes it easy to follow for the newcomer and user-friendly for the more experienced researcher seeking a refresher on the process.

Ian Clark
Psychology Subject Librarian, University of East London

This is an excellent book for people who are interested in the finer points of literature reviews and perhaps it is a book that everyone involved with EAP should read. For that reason, it deserves a place on every EAP teacher's shelf.

Andy Gillett
Professional and Academic English - ESP SIG

There is a need for a quality interactive text to help structure literature reviews and provide guidance for students and researchers. THIS is such a text. As part of the researcher toolkit this book will prove beneficial to students, researchers, teachers of research, and research supervisors. The really great feature of the book is the way it uses examples throughout the text to bring what could be a dull aspect of research to life. Overall, a very good book which will help readers to produce a quality literature review.

Joe Gazdula
Educational Futures

Improve the efficiency of how you conduct reviews whether for a PhD thesis, a peer-reviewed publication or as part of commissioned research report, and how to synthesise and analyse both qualitative and quantitative studies.

The book is packed with information but boxes and tables help to break up the text and clarify its key messages. I particularly liked the way in which it uses a question and answer approach in headings and FAQ formats. There are exercises, practical guidance and templates to use or adapt.

Anna Coughlin
NatCen Social Research
SRA Research Matters

A perfect guide to students and researchers on how to research literature review systematically.

Dr Krishna Regmi
Faculty of Health & Social Science, University of Bedfordshire
December 28, 2017

This book has a strong focus on the systematic approach, taking into account available time and resources. The book also gives attention to the choice of review methods, the planning and conducting of the literature review, the defining of the scope, the searching of the literature, the assessment of the evidence base, the synthesis and analysis of quantitative and qualitative studies, and the writing, presenting, and disseminating of the review. Each chapter has the same structure, notably a brief outline of the key points covered, a list of key resources to assist the review, exercises and problem scenarios, frequently asked questions, key learning points, and further reading suggestions. The second edition has been improved, as it takes the reader step by step through the review process and shows the reader how to choose the correct method for review, how to integrate qualitative and quantitative data, how conduct a rapid review, and how to include the concept analysis, scoping and mapping content. With such a comprehensive treatment of the topics, this book has become an indispensable tool for students at all levels of academic education and scholarship.

Dr Ruben Gowricharn
Humanities, Tilburg University
June 26, 2016