Doing Your Literature Review Traditional and Systematic Techniques

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ISBN-13: 9781848601543
Edition: 2011
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Description: Many of the standard social science methodology texts do not cover the literature review as a method in itself, yet it is a compulsory part of doing research. Although it is fairly straightforward to teach social science research methodology, the  More...

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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 2/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Many of the standard social science methodology texts do not cover the literature review as a method in itself, yet it is a compulsory part of doing research. Although it is fairly straightforward to teach social science research methodology, the process of research and techniques for quantitative and qualitative design, the part of research most students find difficult is writing a critical review of existing knowledge - the literature review.An Introduction to Traditional and Systematic Literature Reviews is an accessible and practical introduction for students on how to conduct both 'traditional' and systematic literature reviews and incorporate them into their research. This book is ideal for any health, business or social science student looking to embark upon their own project.

Jill Jesson entered higher education as a mature student. Shewon a First Class Honours BSc in Behavioural Science, and in 1988 was awardedher PhD for a pioneering doctoral thesis on black businesses, both from Aston University.Since then she has worked with multi-disciplinary research teams within theAston School of Pharmacy, Aston Business Schooland with M-E-L Research, an independent public services research consultancy.Her publications cover community pharmacy practice, public health and socialcare. Her special interest in literature review and the idea for this bookdeveloped as a result of teaching applied research to pharmacy undergraduatesand Business School Masters students.

LydiaMatheson is an Information Specialist working for Library & InformationServices at Aston University.nbsp; Sheundertook her BA Honours in English at YorkUniversity and her PG Diploma inLibrarianship at the University of Central England.nbsp;Her current role includes supporting business school students and developingthe library's online learning module for staff and students.nbsp; She iscurrently Secretary of the Business Librarians Association and a member ofCILIP.nbsp; Before 2002, nbsp;she worked on Stories from the Web forBirmingham Libraries and the SENCO Electronic Communications Project for theNational Council for Educational Technology.nbsp;

Fiona M. Lacey is a Glasgownative and graduate in Pharmacy, from Strathclyde University.She has been a registered pharmacist since 1982, practicing mainly in communitypharmacy. Following a PhD in pharmacology, she gained post doctoral experienceof R&D as a laboratory scientist in a UK-based multinational pharmaceuticalcompany. She has been at Aston University since 1997,where she has taught various scientific and professional aspects of Pharmacy toundergraduate and postgraduate students. Her interest in literature review andthe systematic review came through years of supervising student researchprojects. She is currently Associate Dean in the School of Life and HealthSciences at Aston University.

Introduction
Who is this book for?
How is this book different?
The rationale and history behind the contributions from a researcher and from an information specialist
Features of the book
Layout of the book
Getting Information
Preliminaries
What is a literature review?
Terminology used in this book
Different styles of review
Two styles or approaches
a critical approach
Knowledge and literature
Why and when will you need to review the literature?
The research question and the literature review
What is appropriate literature?
Choosing which style of review: a traditional narrative review or a systematic review
Project management
Searching for Information
Introduction
Develop online searches by identifying key words and creating a search record
The range of information sources available for complex searches.
What do you need from a resource to make it appropriate for locating journal articles for your review?
Reading Skills
Introduction
Be analytical in your reading
Where to start
Reading techniques - scan, skim and understand
Reading different types of material
Grey literature: non academic sources and policy reports
Recording and note making
From Note-Making to Writing
Introduction
Note-making
From notes to writing
Writing - critical writing and types of argument
Making a value judgment and bias
Using Information
The Traditional Review
Overview of the debate
Types of review: critical, conceptual state of the art, expert and scoping
Draw up an analytical framework - how to sort the material
Moving to analysis and synthesis
The presentation of your review
Summarizing the gap - dare to have an opinion.
Writing up Your Review
Overview
a short summary
a self-standing review
Abstract, executive summary and annotated bibliography
Writing the review
Key words or phrases to help you move from stage 1 to stage 2
The 'so what' question, originality and making a value judgment
Systematic Review
Overview
Definitions
Development of the review protocol
Formulating the review question
Documenting your progress
Locating studies and sources of information
Selecting studies: inclusion and exclusion criteria
Appraisal - assessing the quality of research
Data extraction
Synthesis, drawing conclusions, what the review shows
Evolving formats of systematic review
Meta- Analysis
Overview
What is meta-analysis?
Can I use meta-analysis to summarise the results of my systematic review?
Undertaking your meta-analysis
Displaying the results of a meta-analysis
Is your meta-analysis free from bias?
Performing a sensitivity analysis
Referencing and Plagiarism
Introduction
Why is referencing important?
What do you need to reference?
How many references should I provide?
When and how to reference
Referencing systems
Where to find citation information you need
Plagiarism
Copyright
Conclusion
Summary
Appendices
Further reading
Critical review checklist
Systematic review online resources
Resources for meta-analysis
Glossary

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