The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success
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The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success

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A clear, understandable six-step method for a straightforward literature review process! Written in user-friendly language, this compact reference offers master's and doctoral-level students in education and the social sciences a roadmap to developing and writing an effective literature review for a research project, thesis, or dissertation. Organized around a comprehensiv...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published July 10th 2008 by Corwin Press (first published 2008)
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I've been told that I'm a great writer of literature reviews, and in preparation on teaching a workshop for others on the topic, I thought I would read this. In particular, I was hoping for systemic and step-by-step advice that I could pass on. Frankly, I found more that confused me than that I thought I could use. To be clear, there is a lot of good advice here, and the authors certainly chart a more systemic course than I could articulate on my own. However, many of their charts seemed needles...more
Find a different book. Or use some of those awesome search skills you've honed doing your academic research to find a few really great internet resources on doing a lit review, print them out at the student computer lab, and use that fancy stapler next to the printer to make them into your very own book. Scrawl your name and the words "STUFF THAT WILL ACTUALLY HELP ME FINISH THIS PROCESS WITHOUT LOSING MY MIND" on the front, and sleep with it under your pillow. I mean, you will have to refer to...more
I really wanted to like this book but, ironically, it's very poorly written. The authors can't seem to keep their own terminology straight. For example, the first page of Chapter 1 defines three key terms: personal interest, research interest, and preliminary topic. The authors explain that you should start with a personal interest, use it to identify a research interest, and refine the research interest into a preliminary research topic. The rest of the chapter describes these three tasks in mo...more
In contrast to Christopher Hart's "Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination", this book is a much easier read. It's compacter, uses easier language, and quite a number of examples to motivate people struggling with the basics of writing a literature review. It uses a number of references including Hart's book to present argumentative techniques, which a struggling student/academician can use. In this way it follows the same strategy as another good book about...more
Sam Alexander
Skip the first chapter, which makes little sense on its own and esp not in the context of the book as a whole. Otherwise helpful in slowing down the process. Pacing is important for undergrads writing LRs for the first time
Would have been useful in grad school. A bit repetitive. Am using a few parts for an undergrad research methods course.
Talk about simplifying (and demystifying) the literature review! Why didn't I read this BEFORE my publications? Here's hoping I can apply this stuff to my dissertation...
Nisah Haron
A good book for organizing your chaotic 'literature review' before preparing proposal for dissertation.
This book is very helpful for who is writing a thesis or dissertation.
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