Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy / Edition 3

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Overview

Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method, Third Edition helps students and practitioners better understand scientific literature by instilling the essential skills needed to evaluate article findings critically via the matrix method. The fundamental principles of searching, organizing, reviewing, and synthesizing are covered at the most basic level. Visual examples and a single case study are woven throughout the text.

The Third Edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect the switch from "paper" mode to electronic mode. Clinical practice examples and references to PubMed and PubMed Central have been added throughout along with information on reference management software such as EndNote and RefWorks.

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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book describes a process to help students understand scientific literature, using the Matrix Method to critically evaluate articles. Each chapter concludes with an example of the experiences of a graduate using the process. Visual examples and case studies are included. Previous editions were published in 2007 and 1999.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the Matrix Method for reviewing scientific literature and the Matrix Indexing System to create and maintain a reprint file. This edition has been updated to focus on converting from a hard copy method to an electronic method. This is a worthy goal and learning how to accomplish it electronically is a useful skill.
Audience: The target audience includes graduate students or health science professionals learning how to conduct literature review.
Features: The purpose and scope of this book has not changed with the third edition, but it has been revised based on the changing publishing landscape. For example, the method of converting from a hard copy to an electronic basis is new, there is new terminology for describing literature review, and innovations in the National Library of Medicine infrastructure that have implications for literature reviews for health sciences are described. The book is divided into three parts. Part I covers the fundamentals of literature reviews, part II discusses the Matrix Method consisting of paper trail, document folders, how to abstract the research literature, and how to synthesize the literature. The final part explains the application of the Matrix Method. Resources for literature reviews and how to structure computer folders for the Matrix Method appear in the appendixes.
Assessment: This book should be very helpful for conducting and synthesizing literature reviews. It is very easy to read and straight to the point with useful examples.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN(Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book describes a process to help students understand scientific literature, using the Matrix Method to critically evaluate articles. Each chapter concludes with an example of the experiences of a graduate using the process. Visual examples and case studies are included. Previous editions were published in 2007 and 1999.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the Matrix Method for reviewing scientific literature and the Matrix Indexing System to create and maintain a reprint file. This edition has been updated to focus on converting from a hard copy method to an electronic method. This is a worthy goal and learning how to accomplish it electronically is a useful skill.
Audience: The target audience includes graduate students or health science professionals learning how to conduct literature review.
Features: The purpose and scope of this book has not changed with the third edition, but it has been revised based on the changing publishing landscape. For example, the method of converting from a hard copy to an electronic basis is new, there is new terminology for describing literature review, and innovations in the National Library of Medicine infrastructure that have implications for literature reviews for health sciences are described. The book is divided into three parts. Part I covers the fundamentals of literature reviews, part II discusses the Matrix Method consisting of paper trail, document folders, how to abstract the research literature, and how to synthesize the literature. The final part explains the application of the Matrix Method. Resources for literature reviews and how to structure computer folders for the Matrix Method appear in the appendixes.
Assessment: This book should be very helpful for conducting and synthesizing literature reviews. It is very easy to read and straight to the point with useful examples.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763771867
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Edition description: 3E
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 354,031
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Part I Fundamentals of a Literature Review 1

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Review of the Literature 4

Well Beyond Index Cards 5

To Own the Literature 7

Research Synthesis: Historical Perspective 8

The Matrix Method: Definition and Overview 17

Review Matrix: A Versatile Tool 18

Overview of Chapters and Appendices 20

References to Websites 22

Caroline's Quest: Understanding the Process 23

Chapter 2 Basic Concepts 29

Source Materials Defined 30

Different Kinds of Source Materials 30

Anatomy of a Scientific Paper---Finding what you need in a Typical Research Paper 36

Guidelines for a Methodological Review of the Literature 42

Caroline's Quest: Learning the Concepts 55

Part II The Matrix Method 59

Chapter 3 Paper Trail: How to Plan and Manage a Search of the Literature 61

What Is a Paper Trail? 62

How to Create a Paper Trail 62

How to Find Source Materials: Creating and Using a Paper Trail 65

Tips on Searching for Source Documents 81

Caroline's Quest: Managing the Search 84

Chapter 4 Documents Folder: How to Select and Organize Documents for Review 95

How to Select the Documents for your Review 96

What Is a Documents Folder? 97

How to Organize a Documents Folder 99

How to Remember where you put the Documents 99

Caroline's Quest: Assembling a Documents Folder 101

Chapter 5 Review Matrix: How to abstract the Research Literature 105

What is a Review Matrix? 106

How to Construct a Review Matrix 107

How to Arrange Documents for use in a Review Matrix 108

How to Choose Column Topics for a Review Matrix 108

How to Abstract Documents in a Review Matrix 113

Fringe Benefits of the Abstracting Process 118

Caroline's Quest: Constructing a Review Matrix 121

Chapter 6 Synthesis: How to use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesis 127

What Is a Synthesis? 128

How to Use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesis 129

Caroline's Quest: Writing a Synthesis 134

Part III Applications Using the Matrix Method 139

Chapter 7 A Library of Lit Review Master Folders 141

What Is a Library of Lit Review Master Folders? 142

How to Create a Library of Lit Review Master Folders 142

How to Use a Library of Lit Review Master Folders 144

Making the Most of the Matrix Method 145

Caroline's Quest: Building her Own Library of Lit Review Master Folders 151

Chapter 8 The Matrix Indexing System 153

What Is the Matrix Indexing System? 154

How to Set up a Matrix Indexing System 154

How to Expand the Documents Folder 161

How to Update a Literature Review Efficiently 162

Caroline's Quest: Using the Matrix Indexing System 163

Chapter 9 Matrix Applications by Health Sciences Professionals 165

What are Matrix Applications? 166

How to Use Matrix Applications in a Research Project 167

How to Use Matrix Applications in a Meta-Analysis 169

How to Use Matrix Applications in Practice Guidelines 170

How to Use Matrix Applications in Evidence-Based Medicine 172

Caroline's Quest: Matrix Applications in a Nonscientific Setting 174

Appendix A Useful Resources for Literature Reviews 181

Appendix B Structure of Computer Folders for the Matrix Method 193

Index 201

About the Author 211

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