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Conducting Research Literature Reviews: From the Internet to by Arlene G. Fink

By Arlene G. Fink

Providing readers with an available, in-depth examine how you can synthesize study literature, Conducting study Literature Reviews is ideal for college students, researchers, retailers, planners, and policymakers who layout and deal with private and non-private organisations, behavior study reports, and get ready strategic plans and supply proposals. Bestselling writer Arlene Fink indicates readers tips to clarify the necessity for and importance of study, in addition to the best way to clarify a study’s findings. providing a step by step method of carrying out literature stories, the Fourth Edition gains up to date examples and covers: the right way to decide on databases and review their caliber; picking and organizing keyword phrases and different phrases that allows you to successfully seek databases and the net; environment criteria for comparing the standard of analysis and different literature; extracting and recording info from articles and reviews; synthesizing what the reader unearths both descriptively or through a meta-analysis; recording and storing the consequences in a digital dossier cupboard; and the way to exploit bibliographic software.

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Talk to colleagues and other experts. • Review major government, university, and foundation Web sites. Reviewing References in High-Quality Studies Believe it or not, after many, many hours of searching, you may fail to uncover all there is to know about a topic. T his can easily happen if you rely on just one or two databases. For instance, if you are interested in the relation­ ship between alcohol use and breast cancer in older women and rely on PubMed alone for information, you will get a great deal of clinical informa­ tion, but you may not retrieve some of the available research on the psychoso­ cial factors associated with alcohol drinking and breast cancer.

But at 6 months, after both groups had received the program, the differences disappeared. The researchers concluded that the program was effective and could be delivered on school campuses by trained school-based mental health personnel. An Observational Study Research Question. Who is at greatest risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer? Conducting Research Literature Reviews 14 To answer this question, researchers conducted a study in which 452 women who had melanoma were compared with 900 women from the general population who did not.

2. You are writing a proposal to do research into the prevention of com­ mon colds or rhinoviruses. Use a medical or health database to do your search. You propose to review only clinical studies in English, and you want abstracts of the articles. Which search terms do you use? How many cita­ tions result? 3. The following are sample abstracts retrieved from the PubMed and PsycINFO databases for your study of the prevention and spread of com­ mon colds. You decide to review the abstract first and then, based on the abstract, you will review only those studies that sound promising.

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