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What is a Literature Review & Searching the Literature
Good resources to learn about literature reviews.
10-Step Guide to Making Your Literature Review Write Itself
By Elizabeth Hicks, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
How to ...Carry out a literature search.
Morris, N. (2010). Carry out a literature search. Education For Primary Care, 21(2), 124-125.
How to conduct an effective literature search
Fiona Timmins, Catherine McCabe. Nursing Standard. Harrow-on-the-Hill: Nov 23-Nov 29, 2005. Vol. 20, Iss. 11; p. 41 (7 pages)
How to undertake a literature search: A step-by-step guide
Watson, M. (2020). How to undertake a literature search: A step-by-step guide. British Journal of Nursing, 29(7), 431-435. doi:10.12968/bjon.2020.29.7.431
Learn how to write a review of literature
The Writing Center @ the U. of Wisconsin, Madison presents an overview.
The Literature Review Process
By Harvard University
Powerpoint w/audio (5:15)
The purpose, process, and methods of writing a literature review.
Baker, Joy Don, PhD, RN-BC, CNOR, CNE, NEA-BC, FAAN. (2016). The purpose, process, and methods of writing a literature review. AORN Journal, 103(3), 265-269. doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2016.01.016
Users' guide to the surgical literature: How to perform a high-quality literature search.
Waltho, D., Kaur, M. N., Haynes, R. B., Farrokhyar, F., & Thoma, A. (2015). Users' guide to the surgical literature: How to perform a high-quality literature search. Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien De Chirurgie, 58(5), 349. doi:10.1503/cjs.017314
Using google scholar to conduct a literature search
Younger, P. (2010). Using google scholar to conduct a literature search. Nursing Standard, 24(45), 40-6; quiz 48.
What is a Literature Review?
The process is presented by the U. of North Carolina Libraries at Chapel Hill.
Write a Literature Review
Steps for writing a literature review.
(U. of California, Santa Cruz)
Writing an effective literature review : Part I: Mapping the gap.
Lingard L. Writing an effective literature review : Part I: Mapping the gap. Perspect Med Educ. 2018;7(1):47-49. doi:10.1007/s40037-017-0401-x
Writing an effective literature review : Part II: Citation technique.
Lingard L. Writing an effective literature review : Part II: Citation technique. Perspect Med Educ. 2018;7(2):133-135. doi:10.1007/s40037-018-0407-z
Writing narrative literature reviews for peer-reviewed journals: secrets of the trade
Bart N. Green, Claire D. Johnson, and Alan Adams
J Chiropr Med. 2006 Fall; 5(3): 101–117.
Synthesizing the Literature
Extracting and synthesizing information from a literature review
Foster, R. L. (2013). Extracting and synthesizing information from a literature review. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 18(2), 85-88. doi:10.1111/jspn.12021
The Four-Part Literature Review Process: Breaking It Down for Students
Price, R. H. (2017). The Four-Part Literature Review Process: Breaking It Down for Students. College Teaching, 65(2), 88–91. https://doi.org/10.1080/87567555.2016.1276042
Synthesising the literature as a part of a literature review
Wakefield, A. (2015). Synthesising the literature as part of a literature review. Nursing Standard (2014+), 29(29), 44. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/ns.29.29.44.e8957
The systematic review of literature: Synthesizing evidence for practice.
Rew, L. (2011). The systematic review of literature: Synthesizing evidence for practice. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 16(1), 64-69. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6155.2010.00270.x
Literature Review -- Tutorials
Literature Review -- Books
Conducting Research Literature Reviews by 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.
Publication Date: 2013-08-07
The Essential Guide to Doing a Health and Social Care Literature Review by This step-by-step guide takes the reader logically through the process of undertaking a literature review, from determining when this methodology might be useful, through to publishing the findings. It is designed particularly for students undertaking a dissertation using literature review methodology. However, it also caters to practitioners who wish to review the existing evidence in order to develop practice. Key features of the text include: a chapter on what makes a good literature review, so that readers are clear and confident about what they#65533;re aiming f∨ discussion of the value of literature reviews, whether for fulfilling the requirements of a course or for developing practice; a chapter structure that reflects the structure of a typical dissertation by literature review, making the material intuitive and easy to navigate; case examples throughout to illustrate how methodological principles work in practice; a troubleshooting guide to provide support and advice on common problems when carrying out a literature review; advice on the dissemination of findings. Written by an established author with significant experience teaching and supervising students doing literature reviews, this invaluable text offers systematic and insightful advice on all aspects of literature review methodology, from problem identification to synthesizing information to forming conclusions. It is ideal for any student or practitioner in health and social care looking to undertake a literature review for study or practice purposes.
Call Number: Online / ebook -- EBSCO
Publication Date: 2017-04-26
Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy : the matrix method by Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method, Fifth Edition describes the practical and useful methods for reviewing scientific literature in the health sciences. The goal of this text is to serve as a resource for students who need a practical, step-by-step set of instructions for how to organize, conduct, and write a synthesis of literature on a topic of their choice.
Call Number: Online / ebook -- EBSCO
Publication Date: 2016-08-18
The Literature Review by The go-to guide to completing a thorough, well-organized, and effective lit review! This new edition of the best-selling book offers graduate 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. Updated with key vocabulary words, technology advice, and tips for writing during the early stages, the second edition takes students step by step through the entire process: Selecting a topic Searching the literature Developing arguments Surveying the literature Critiquing the literature Writing the literature review
Publication Date: 2012-06-08
Preparing Literature Reviews : Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches by * Illustrates all the steps in preparing qualitative and quantitative literature reviews. * Emphasizes topic selection, locating literature, and avoiding major pitfalls in evaluating and synthesizing literature. * Shows how to improve literature reviews through the judicious inclusion of statistical results found in the literature. * Provides easy-to-follow advice on how to avoid misrepresenting the results of published research in literature reviews. * The numerous examples throughout the text and the nine model literature reviews clarify the process of following the guidelines for writing solid, state-of-the-art literature reviews. * Shows students how to blend qualitative and quantitative approaches to preparing literature reviews without being overly mathematical. * Two chapters present clear explanations of how to conduct meta-analyses. * All examples have been updated to ensure consistency with the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the fourth edition of the American Sociological Association's Style Guide.
Call Number: Online / ebook -- ebook Central
Publication Date: 2017-07-13
Writing the Literature Review : a practical guide by This accessible text provides a roadmap for producing a high-quality literature review--an integral part of a successful thesis, dissertation, term paper, or grant proposal. Each step of searching for, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing prior studies is clearly explained and accompanied by user-friendly suggestions, organizational tips, vignettes, and examples of student work. Also featured are excerpts from peer-reviewed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods articles. This is the first book to focus on crafting different types of reviews (systematic, traditional-narrative, or hermeneutic-phenomenological) that reflect the writer's research question, methodological choices, and approaches to knowledge. It describes what all reviews have in common and highlights distinct characteristics of each type. The book includes dos and don'ts for evaluating studies and constructing an argument, and software suggestions for locating, organizing, and arranging sources. Pedagogical Features *Checklists and "To Do" activities that break down key steps to take. *Boxed examples, graphics that organize and visually illustrate key concepts, and summary tables. *Group activities that invite students to further explore and apply the methods discussed in each chapter. *Detailed directions for using four different organizing strategies: synthesis matrix, summary table, mapping, and topic outline. *End-of-chapter summaries and "What's Next" sections. *Assessment matrices for reviewing and refining the completed literature review. Winner (First Place)--American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Nursing Research Category
Call Number: Online / ebook -- ebook Central
Publication Date: 2018-11-14
Systematic Review Software
JBI SUMARI Tool (Ovid)
The System for the Unified Management, Assessment and Review of Information (SUMARI) is JBI's premier software for the systematic review of literature.
It is designed to assist researchers and practitioners in fields such as health, social sciences and humanities to conduct systematic reviews. SUMARI supports 10 review types, including:
Reviews of effectiveness
Diagnostic test accuracy
It facilitates the entire review process, from protocol development, team management, study selection, critical appraisal, data extraction, data synthesis and writing your systematic review report. Essentially, it is a word processor, reference management program, statistical and qualitative data analysis program all in one easy to use web application.