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Conducting Research Literature Reviews

Conducting Research Literature Reviews
From the Internet to Paper

Fifth Edition

March 2019 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Providing readers with an accessible, in-depth look at how to synthesize research literature, Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to Paper 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 Fifth Edition features new research, examples, and references from the social, behavioral, and health sciences, expanded coverage of qualitative research, updated and revised meta-analysis procedures, a brand new glossary of key terms, double the number of exercises, and additional examples of how to write reviews.
About the Author
PART I. Research Design and Sampling
Chapter 1: Reviewing the Literature: Why? For Whom? How?
What is a Research Literature Review? Why Do One?

Gaining Control: Experiments and Observations

Systematic, Explicit, Comprehensive, and Reproducible: Four Key Words

Choosing an Online Bibliographic Database

How Do You Ask for Information? Searching With Boolean Operators

Pausing during the Search

Changing the Course of the Search

Supplementing the Online Search

Organizing the Research Literature: Building a Virtual Filing Cabinet

Chapter 2: Searching and Screening: The Practical Screen and Methodological Quality
Search Screen 1: The Practical Screen

Search Screen 2: Methodological Quality Screening Criteria

Observational Designs in Brief

A Note on Other Designs and Studies: Cross-Sectional Surveys and Consensus Statements

Internal and External Validity

Criterion for Quality: Sampling

The Sampling Unit

The Size of the Sample

Response Rate

PART II. Data Collection, Interventions, Analysis, Results, and Conclusions
Chapter 3: Searching and Screening: Methodological Quality
Data Collection and Data Sources: Methods and Measures

Interventions and Programs: Reviewing the Research Literature to Find out What Works

Data Analysis: Statistical Methods in the Research Literature

Accounting for Impact

Chapter 4: Doing the Review: A Reader’s Guide Chapter
Types of Information: Methods and Content

Eligibility and Actuality

Reporting Standards: Checklists for Research Writing and Reviewing

How TREND Was Used in a Literature Review

Reliable and Valid Reviews

Uniform Data Collection: The Literature Review Survey Questionnaire

Uniform Data Collection: Definitions and More

Pilot Testing the Review Process

Establishing Validity

Monitoring Quality

Chapter 5: What Did You Find? Synthesizing Results
Now that You Have Done It, What Do You Do With It?

Descriptive Syntheses or Reviews



Meta-Analyses in Practice: Examples

Author Index
Subject Index

“Fink’s tone, level, and style is very approachable and understandable which makes it ideal for my students, most of whom are new to the process of literature reviews.”

Jana Nidiffer
Oakland University

“This book provides rich, useful, details on conducting literature review & constructing evidenced based reviews.”

Janet Reid-Hector
Rutgers University Camden

All of the information in this book was a duplicate of the books adopted.

Dr Kevin Bottomley
College of Business, Indiana Inst Of Technology
July 23, 2021

Excellent content and easy to follow for novice researchers.

Professor Sanfrena A Britt
Psychology & Counseling, Texas A & M Univ-Central TX
September 3, 2019

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