Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From Paper to the Internet
- Publish Date: 1998-04-21
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Arlene G. Fink
This book shows how to interpret and analyze published and unpublished research literature.
The author unravels the intricacies of: selecting questions to maximize the efficiency of the review; identifying subject headings and key words for electronic searches; identifying the most appropriate databases; including supplementing computer and Web-based searches; identifying and dealing with unpublished studies; setting inclusion and exclusion criteria; justifying methods for reviewing only the `highest quality literature; preparing a structured literature abstraction form; ensuring the reliability and validity of the review; synthesizing and reporting results; conducting and evaluating descriptive literature reviews; and, how to understand and evaluate the principles of meta-analysis.