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Seven Steps to a Comprehensive Literature Review
A Multimodal and Cultural Approach

First Edition


February 2016 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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This dynamic guide to doing literature reviews demystifies the process in seven steps to show researchers how to produce a comprehensive literature review. Teaching techniques to bring systematic thoroughness and reflexivity to research, the authors show how to achieve a rich, ethical and reflexive review.

 

What makes this book unique:

  • Focuses on multimodal texts and settings such as observations, documents, social media, experts in the field and secondary data so that your review covers the full research environment
  • Puts mixed methods at the centre of the process
  • Shows you how to synthesize information thematically, rather than merely summarize the existing literature and findings
  • Brings culture into the process to help you address bias and understand the role of knowledge interpretation, guiding you through
  • Teaches the CORE of the literature review – Critical thinking, Organization, Reflections and Evaluation – and provides a guide for reflexivity at the end of each of the seven steps
  • Visualizes the steps with roadmaps so you can track progress and self-evaluate as you learn the steps

This book is the essential best practices guide for students and researchers, providing the understanding and tools to approach both the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of a rigorous, comprehensive, literature review.

 
PART ONE: OVERVIEW
 
Chapter 1: Foundations of the Literature Review
 
Chapter 2: The Literature Review
 
Chapter 3: Methodology of the Literature Review
 
PART TWO: EXPLORATION
 
Chapter 4: Step 1: Exploring Beliefs and Topics
 
Chapter 5: Step 2: Initiating the Search
 
Chapter 6: Step 3: Storing and Organizing Information
 
Chapter 7: Step 4: Selecting/Deselecting Information
 
Chapter 8: Step 5: Expanding the Search: Media, Observation(s), Documents, Experts and Secondary Data
 
PART THREE: INTEGRATION
 
Chapter 9: Step 6: Analyzing and Synthesizing Information
 
PART FOUR: COMMUNICATION
 
Chapter 10: Step 7: Presenting the CLR Report: Planning Phase
 
Chapter 11: Step 7: Presenting the CLR Written Report
 
APPENDICES
 
Appendix A: Supplemental Tables of Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Research Designs
 
Appendix B: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Legitimation Frameworks

This is a useful and thorough book. I used it in a teaching session with PgR students. It is very detailed, but I suggested it could be a helpful reference. The library have now ordered copies. We have it listed with one postgraduate taught course and with our Graduate School.

Professor Alison Marshall
Faculty of Health, University of Cumbria
August 10, 2016

This is an informative and engaging text.
I would recommend it to students undertaking a literature review in a variety of disciplines.

Dr Valerie Gant
Department of Social Work, Chester University
August 10, 2016

Very accessible to a large range of students. Must-have resource for any university student

Ms Louise O'Boyle
School of Art and Design, Ulster University
August 6, 2016

This book provides an excellent framework for beginners undertaking a literature review.

Mrs Annette Helliwell
Health , Croydon College
August 4, 2016

Excellent book with clear and concise content

Mrs denise Burke Mac Giolla Ri
Department of Humanities, Athlone Institute of Technology
July 3, 2016

A very good complementary text surround understanding and effectively creation of an effective literature review; this is a great supplemental text for students undertaking research methods and dissertation projects to gain an enhanced understanding of the subject matter.

Mr Simon Brent
FBSE, Southampton Solent University
July 1, 2016

This is an excellent resource. A very comprehensive and user friendly book that, I believe, is a must have for any postgraduate student. The book helps authors conduct a literature review while understanding different research methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods) and their contribution to research. It is an excellent book that I would recommend to all my students

Dr Parveen Ali
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Sheffield University
June 30, 2016

This is an excellent resource. A very comprehensive and user friendly book that, I believe, is a must have for any postgraduate student. The book helps authors conduct a literature review while understanding different research methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods) and their contribution to research. It is an excellent book that I would recommend to all my students.

Dr Parveen Ali
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Sheffield University
June 30, 2016

Master students own choice - if they conduct research supported by this book. I introduce the book when possible.

Dr Monne Wihlborg
Health Science centre, Lund University
June 21, 2016

I trialled this excellent guide with final year undergraduate dissertation students. They appreciated its clarity and structure. So I will be using it with doctoral students.

Dr Richard William Whitecross
Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
June 15, 2016

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Chapter 1: Foundations of the Literature Review


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