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Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review

Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review

288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Reviewing the literature is an essential part of every research project. This book takes you step-by-step through the process of approaching your literature review systematically, applying systematic principles to a wide range of literature review types. Through numerous examples, case studies, and exercises, the book covers often neglected areas of literature review such as concept analysis, scoping, and mapping.

The book includes practical tools for supporting the various stages of the review process, including:

  • Managing your literature review
  • Searching the literature
  • Assessing the quality of the literature
  • Synthesizing qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • Writing up and presenting data

Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review is essential reading for any student or researcher looking to approach their literature review in a systematic way.

The Literature Review: Its Role within Research
Systematic Approaches to the Literature
Planning and Writing a Literature Review
Defining the Scope
Searching the Literature
Assessing the Evidence Base
Synthesising Included Studies
Analysing the Findings
Writing up and Presenting Data
Managing the Literature Project

This new interdisciplinary book on preparing and using systematic reviews is the single-best resource on the topic I have encountered. It is exceptionally comprehensive, yet readable and practical. Every human service professional and social scientist who uses the research literature will benefit from reading this great new book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will consult it frequently
Bruce A. Thyer, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor of Social Work, Florida State University

Conducting, structuring and presenting a clear and concise literature review is a challenge for anyone conducting research, from undergraduate level to the 'post-doc.' This book provides a comprehensive and scholarly guide to the how, what and not least the why of doing literature reviews. It shows the reader how to be critical, a difficult art, in an important section on 'quality assessment'. The authors also explain the vital knack of making the review manageable and finite, discussing ways of avoiding the neatly termed 'scope creep'. Finally, the most important task of all is to synthesise the review to make it a coherent whole - rather than a catalogue-style list of one item after another- and then to write it up in a palatable yet scholarly way. These tasks are explained fully in the final chapters thus completing the full guide to the how, what and why of systematic reviewing. I strongly recommend this text
Professor Jerry Wellington
Head of Research Degrees University of Sheffiel

This book offers a comprehensive account on how to conduct a good literature

review. The book is clear and concise. The use of summary boxes and further

reading at the end of each chapter are excellent. This book would suit

students as well as those teaching research methods courses, at all levels
Dr Kalwant Bhopal
Reader in Education

and Director of Social Justice and Inclusive Education Research Centre, University of Southampton

This book fills a long-standing gap in the market for a practical and scholarly guide to planning, carrying out and evaluating a literature review. It places literature review in a position in which it can stand as a credible form of inquiry as part of the research community. The comprehensive content takes the reader through guided exercises and activities in order to systematically build up a useful and valid study. It will be of great value to both postgraduate and doctoral students and to those supervising them
Sue Schutz
Senior Lecturer, Department of Continuing Education, Oxford Brookes University

This is a great book to help both undergraduate and postgraduate students to understand the different methods in literature reviews. It is well structured and easy to understand.

Ms Brigid Arkins
Department of Nursing, Waterford Institute of Technology
April 21, 2016

Great text for students looking to conduct systematic literature reviews. Provides guidance and practical advice on the design and process of undertaking different types of review.

Mr Sebastin Stevens
Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth
March 15, 2016

This is an excellent text which clearly presents the different forms of reviews which can be undertaken as part of the literature review.
It is well organised making excellent use of examples and diagrams to assist with a clear understanding of the process.

Dr Helen Stoneley
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
February 25, 2016

One of the best reference textbook in this domain.

Professor Ashraf Fawzy Nabhan
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ain Shams University
October 1, 2015

The book is recommended to students who have to write a literature review within their paper. Especially for writing their thesis (BSc).

Mr Michael Kuttner
Institut für Controlling & Consulting / Institute of Management Control & Consulting, Johannes Kepler University of Linz
July 5, 2015

A hand holding guidance for the student to undertake a literature review from start to finish.

Dr Sindy Banga
School of Health, Northampton University
June 29, 2015

Book includes excellent examples toward understanding how to approach literature review. Actually, my five Master students bought this book.
Thank you for giving a chance to notice this book.

Mr Volkan Dogan
Business Administration, Osmangazi University
June 19, 2015

Overkill for undergrads. However, am working on a seminar or extended workshop for master's students in our program, and this book would be a great guide for that.

Dr Sandra Ketrow
Communication Studies Dept, University Of Rhode Island
June 4, 2015

I would recommend this book to my Master as well as to my PhD students as an essential guide.

Professor Alfred Zimmermann
Faculty of Informatics, Reutlingen University of Applied Sci
May 26, 2015

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