Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to by Arlene G. Fink

By Arlene G. Fink

Providing readers with an obtainable, in-depth examine easy methods to synthesize examine literature, Conducting learn Literature Reviews is ideal for college kids, researchers, retailers, planners, and policymakers who layout and deal with private and non-private businesses, behavior study stories, and get ready strategic plans and provide proposals. Bestselling writer Arlene Fink exhibits readers tips to clarify the necessity for and importance of analysis, in addition to find out how to clarify a study’s findings. supplying a step by step method of accomplishing literature studies, the Fourth Edition beneficial properties up-to-date examples and covers: the right way to choose databases and review their caliber; settling on and organizing keywords and different phrases so that it will successfully seek databases and the internet; atmosphere criteria for comparing the standard of study and different literature; extracting and recording info from articles and experiences; synthesizing what the reader unearths both descriptively or through a meta-analysis; recording and storing the consequences in a digital dossier cupboard; and the way to take advantage of bibliographic software.

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Conducting Research Literature Reviews 16 University and other libraries, including public libraries, usually provide free access to hundreds of government and nongovernment, private biblio­ graphic databases. A short list of available databases is given below to give you an idea of the range available. Online Bibliographic Databases: A Sample African Studies. Provides combined access to 17 bibliographic databases from Africa, Europe, and the United States providing access to multi­ disciplinary information on Africa, including African Studies Abstracts (1988-Present) and its predecessor-the library catalog of the Africa Institute (1981-Present).

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If your search is very narrow, you may miss out on some important ideas. However, if your search is very wide, then you can be faced with thousands of potentially irrelevant citations. Suppose you are interested in reviewing medical knowledge of the Chapter 1 Reviewing the Literature 21 common cold. If on July 19, 2012, you entered the words common cold into the PubMed search field, you would be given a list of 284,840 citations! If, however, you asked for antibiotics AND common cold, you would get 49,106 citations.

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