Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination
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Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination

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This book can provide an excellent framework for bolstering what is often an experiential process - doing a literature review. It is best seen alongside the supervisor, as a guide, through the multidimensional sea of academic literature' - "British Educational Research Journal "

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Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Sage Publications (CA) (first published November 1st 1998)
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Katie
I picked this book up after hearing good reviews from a few of my PhD student twitter mates. I have never put together a formal literature review the size of a dissertation before, and needing help with my analytical and social science writing skills I thought this book would be a good fit. I was especially excited about this text as it is written by a scholar in the information science field.

What this book does well is present schemas and and frameworks for organizing and analyzing texts and I...more
Glenn
This book gave me a lot of good points to consider before writing the dissertation for an MA. The book covers not only how to research information but how to approach critically evaluating research. Discussion of Fisher's (1993) approach to argumentation analysis was extremely helpful and whilst I would have liked more discussion on inference indicators, I was able to take themes and ideas from the book and follow them up. My overall impression is that this book offers more an opportunity to cri...more
k8inorbit
Nov 07, 2007 k8inorbit rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thesis and paper writers
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This is a very very very comprehensive and detailed intro to writing a lit review. The overview is interesting, but I can't help feeling like this could also just all be simplified into a really handy 5-10 page handout.
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Comprehensive without introducing any startling revelations.
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