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Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review

Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review

Third Edition
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November 2021 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Whether you are new to literature reviews or working with new types of data, this book takes the guesswork out of writing your literature review. From deciding how much literature to include to managing your data, assessing your sources, and writing results, it outlines a step-by-step process that works with any data.

To help you choose best approach for your research, this book includes:
·       Worksheets and decision aids to help you plan and organise your literature review
·       Worked examples and case studies to show you what – and what not – to do in practice
·       Troubleshooting tips and answers to all your frequently asked questions
·       Online access to a literature review starter template, an exercise workbook, project diary template, and a source credibility checklist.

The perfect project support for any social sciences student, this edition also includes a new chapter on analysing mixed methods research.

Chapter 1: Meeting the Review Family: An Overview
What is a Literature Review?

When do I do a literature review?

Meet the review family

Why not a literature review?

What is not a literature review?

How do I prepare to do a literature review?

Chapter 2: Getting Started on your Literature Review
Why is the literature review so important?

Where do I start?

Why review the literature?

A brief history of research synthesis

What is the place of theory in literature review?

Introducing the SALSA framework

Systematic approaches

How do I plan and conduct my literature review?

Managing your literature review

Updates to existing reviews

Converting your review to a different format

Chapter 3: Choosing your review methods
Our “Survival Kit” of review options

Review Choice Scenarios

Chapter 4: Defining your scope
Introduction: Why is defining your scope important?

Further defining your scope

Toolbox - Defining your Scope

Defining your scope: challenges and pitfalls

The review protocol

Chapter 5: Searching the literature
Who should conduct the literature search?

Aims and purpose of literature searching

How to prepare for your review (the scoping search)

How to construct your search strategy

How to search bibliographic databases

How to use supplementary searching

How to manage your references

How to report the search process

Chapter 6: Assessing the evidence base
Assessing your included studies – first steps

Assessing the evidence-base in detail

Chapter 7: Synthesising and analysing quantitative studies
Synthesis-analysis, analysis-synthesis?

Revisiting the review question(s)

Chapter 8: Synthesising and analysing qualitative studies
Overview of approaches to qualitative synthesis

A step-by-step guide to qualitative synthesis

Getting started in qualitative synthesis

Progressing to advanced forms of synthesis

Chapter 9: Synthesising and analysing mixed methods data
Undertaking a Mixed Methods Review

A step-by-step guide to mixed methods synthesis

Points of integration for quantitative and qualitative evidence

On the role of the Narrative Review

Chapter 10: Writing up, presenting and disseminating your review
Considering your audience

A sample review structure

Publicising your review

Toolbox for presenting your findings



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Student Resources (Free to access)

A literature review starter template to demonstrate the sections you need to include for a successful written review.

A source credibility checklist to help you assess and think critically about the sources you choose.

A source tracker template to help you keep track of your sources and know what you need to include in your audit trail.

A downloadable exercise workbook and suggested answers. 

A collated list of tried-and-tested tools, including freely available technologies to help you search databases efficiently, plan your work, and keep track of references.

A project diary template and example.

A complete glossary of terms.

Instructor Resources (Log-in needed)

PowerPoint slide templates
including 10-15 slides per chapter, which can be downloaded and customized for use in your own presentations.

The Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review (third edition) by Andrew Booth, Anthea Sutton, Mark Clowes and Marrissa Martyn-St James is a comprehensive overview of the entire evidence synthesis process – from selecting the appropriate method for an evidence synthesis topic all the way to the analysis and dissemination of the review. This book is of relevance to anyone interested in evidence synthesis – from trainees to researchers to decision-makers. Anyone can learn something from this book, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advance researcher in evidence synthesis. This book is perfect for university-level courses or for anyone interested in evidence synthesis. The exercises, toolbox, key learning points, and frequently asked questions were particularly helpful in advancing my learning.

Andrea Tricco
Knowledge Translation Program, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Canada

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