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Conducting research literature reviews: from the Internet to paper

Conducting research literature reviews: from the Internet to paper

Fink, Arlene, author

Ideal 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, this new edition includes: - Nearly a hundred online examples and references from the social, behavioural, and health sciences - A revised and updated list of online articles databases - Case studies in the use of major online databases (e.g., the Web of Science) - Expansion of the exercises at the end of the chapter to include more online searching - Clarification of some of the basic concepts of research that are essential in making judgments about the quality of research methods - Explanation of the major available formal systems (such as CONSORT, TREND, PRISMA) for evaluating the literature's transparency and quality - More qualitative research examples and guidelines and checklists for evaluating their quality - Discussion and examples of mixed-methods research - Additional examples of how to write up reviews and how others have done it

Paperback, Book. English.
Fourth edition.
All formats and editions (4)
Published London: SAGE, [2014]
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Statement of responsibility: Arlene Fink
ISBN: 1452259496, 9781452259499
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: [xvii], 257 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Subject: General.; Research Evaluation.; Research Methodology.; Bibliography Methodology.


  1. Reviewing the Literature: Why? For Whom? How?Part I. Research Design and Sampling
  2. Searching and Screening: The Practical Screen and Methodological QualityPart II. Collection, Interventions, Analysis, Results, and Conclusions
  3. Searching and Screening: Methodological Quality
  4. Doing the Review: A Reader's Guide Chapter
  5. What Did You Find? Synthesizing Results


“The text provides a thorough and comprehensive overview of the literature review process. I am particularly pleased that the text provides a detailed discussion of how best to choose online databases and provides specific strategies for obtaining optimal search results through the use of Boolean operators.” 

    —JaMuir M. Robinson, Walden University||“The book is an in depth discussion of the literature review journey, highlighting many issues and pitfalls which could hinder the successful completion. The reader is guided through the journey with realistic advice and an explanation of key terms to ensure a successful search that is productive, fruitful and reliable.”

    —Suzanne Sinclair, University Centre at Blackburn College||

“I think this text presents the goals/reasons, thought-process, and practical steps involved in writing literature reviews in a much more logical and approachable (readable) manner than many I have seen.”

Julia L. Sloan, Cazenovia College


“The material is an exemplary mix of explication and illustrations of the steps in finding, reviewing, and evaluating the research for a literature review.”

Walter J. Ullrich, California State University, Fresno