Literature Review Six Steps to Success

ISBN-10: 1452240884

ISBN-13: 9781452240886

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Lawrence A. Machi, Brenda T. McEvoy

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Untangle the literature review process!Written in user-friendly language, this resource offers master’s and doctoral-level students in education and the social sciences a road map to developing and writing an effective literature review for a research project, thesis, or dissertation. The second edition has been updated with new tools and features to guide readers through the six-step process. Discover practical tools and advice for:Selecting a topic Searching the literature Developing arguments Surveying the literature Critiquing the literature Writing the literature review
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List price: $31.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 6/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Lawrence A. Machi is a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne. He teaches research methods and design and chairs doctoral dissertation research in addition to teaching classes in organizational development. Machi has extensive experience in higher education, having taught in schools of education at the University of San Francisco, St. Mary's College of California, and Sonoma State University prior to his tenure at the�University of�La Verne. Machi has also been a K-12 educator, having worked as a secondary teacher and served as a school administrator in both secondary and elementary school districts in Northern California. He has held the roles of vice principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Machi has consulted with many California school districts and nonprofit organizations over the years. His specialties have been in the areas of finance, negotiations, and organizational development. He holds an MA in curriculum development and an EdD in organizational leadership.

Brenda McEvoy began her fascination with research and writing at age 15 when she became the �interested amateur� reader for her father�s books on topics including Pueblo ethnology and natural history. Those five years of early experience taught her the importance of careful research that produces logical arguments and that is expressed in clear, understandable language. She has taught high school English and history, including research skills, for the past 30 years. For eight years, she worked for the California State Department of Education leading groups of educators in improving their ability to edit and assess student writing. Also for the state, she was a mentor for beginning English and history teachers. Participation in the California Writing Project extended her knowledge of writing and the difficulties that students at all levels face when producing a major assignment. She has worked as an editor and a proofreader for the books of several associates. Currently, she is doing research on health insurance coverage for two teachers� associations. Her depth of experience as a practitioner teaching writing and researching at many levels has shown her the many pitfalls that can bedevil student researchers. Her major interest has always been to help writers create work that is clear and logical, guiding student researchers toward producing well-argued and well-written literature reviews.

New to This Edition
Special Features and Text Organization
About the Authors
Key Vocabulary
The Purpose of a Literature Review
The Literature Review Defined
The Literature Review Process
Select a Topic
Search the Literature
Develop the Argument
Survey the Literature
Critique the Literature
Write the Review
Inquiry: The Necessary Precondition
Pack Wisely Before You Begin
Step 1. Select a Topic
Key Vocabulary
Choose a Research Interest
Researcher Bias
Refine a Research Interest From a Personal Interest
Specifying a Research Interest
Focusing the Interest
Selecting a Perspective
Reflection: The Key to Interest Selection
Use the Research Interest to Identify a Preliminary Research Topic
Rules for Library Use
Write the Preliminary Research Topic Statement
Step 2. Search the Literature
Key Vocabulary
Select the Literature to Review
Conduct a Literature Search
Managing Your Data
Scanning the Literature
Skimming the Literature
Mapping Your Materials
Creating Subject Memoranda
Refine Your Topic
Step 3. Develop the Argument
Key Vocabulary
Building the Case for a Literature Review
Arguments-the Basics
Evaluating the Basic Parts of an Argument
Understanding Claims
Claim Acceptability
Building Evidence
Data Versus Evidence
Data Quality
Data Relevance
Qualifying the Claim
Warrant-Logically Connecting the Evidence to the Claim
Multiple Claims Arguments
Step 4. Survey the Literature
Key Vocabulary
Assemble the Collected Data
Cataloging the Data
Organize the Information
Arranging Information to Build Evidence
Organizing the Information and Building Claims
Analyze the Patterns of the Data
Complex Reasoning
Comparative Reasoning
Building the Discovery Argument: An Example
Mapping the Argument of Discovery
Analyzing the Argument
Step 5. Critique the Literature
Key Vocabulary
Implicative Reasoning
The Two Arguments
Argument Patterns
The Case Is Everything
Step 6. Write the Review
Key Vocabulary
The Writing Process: Overview
Write to Understand
Reviewing Notes and Memoranda
Exploratory Writing
Preliminary Drafting
Write to Be Understood
Writing the First Draft
Working With the Second and Third Drafts
Completing the Final Draft
Style Manuals
Tips on Writing
Last Words
References and Further Reading
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