Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method / Edition 1

Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method / Edition 1

by Judith Garrard
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0834212234

ISBN-13: 9780834212237

Pub. Date: 02/19/1999

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method provides students and practitioners with a concrete understanding of scientific literature by instilling the essential skills needed to evaluate article findings. A multi-part case study, along with visual examples, is woven throughout the text so the reader can relate to the information by seeing it

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Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method provides students and practitioners with a concrete understanding of scientific literature by instilling the essential skills needed to evaluate article findings. A multi-part case study, along with visual examples, is woven throughout the text so the reader can relate to the information by seeing it applied to a real-life research scenario. The Second Edition contains increased information on Internet research.

From introduction to application, this text thoroughly examines the Matrix Method of research. The fundamental principles of searching, organizing, reviewing, and synthesizing are covered at the most basic level. An easy-to-read, practical reference, Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy, Second Edition serves as an invaluable aid to students, researchers, and practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834212237
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date:
02/19/1999
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Fundamentals of a Literature Review     1
Introduction     3
Review of the Literature     4
Beyond Index Cards     4
To Own the Literature     6
Research Synthesis: Historical Perspective     7
The Matrix Method: Definition and Overview     16
Review Matrix: A Versatile Tool     18
Overview of Chapters and Appendix     19
References to Websites     22
Caroline's Quest: Understanding the Process     23
Basic Concepts     29
Source Materials Defined     30
Different Kinds of Source Materials     30
Anatomy of a Scientific Paper-Finding Out What You Need in a Typical Research Paper     37
Guidelines for a Methodological Review of the Literature     42
Caroline's Quest: Learning the Concepts     57
The Matrix Method     61
Paper Trail: How to Plan and Manage a Search of the Literature     63
What Is a Paper Trail?     64
How to Create a Paper Trail     64
How to Find Source Materials: Creating and Using a Paper Trail     67
Tips on Searching for Source Documents     84
Caroline's Quest: Managing the Search     88
Documents Section: How to Select and Organize Documents for Review     99
How to Select the Right Documents for Your Review     100
What Is a Documents Section?     101
How to Organize a Documents Section     102
How to Remember Where You Put the Documents     103
Caroline's Quest: Assembling a Documents Section     105
Review Matrix: How to Abstract the Research Literature     107
What Is a Review Matrix?     108
How to Construct a Review Matrix     109
How to Arrange Documents for Use in a Review Matrix     110
How to Choose Column Topics for a Review Matrix     110
How to Abstract Documents in a Review Matrix     114
Fringe Benefits of the Abstracting Process     120
Caroline's Quest: Constructing a Review Matrix     123
Synthesis: How to Use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesis     129
What Is a Synthesis?     130
How to Use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesis     131
Caroline's Quest: Writing a Synthesis     137
Applications Using the Matrix Method     141
A Library of Lit Review Books     143
What Is a Library of Lit Review Books?      144
How to Create a Library of Lit Review Books     144
How to Use a Library of Lit Review Books     145
Caroline's Quest: Building a Library of Lit Review Books     147
The Matrix Indexing System     149
What Is the Matrix Indexing System?     150
How to Set Up a Matrix Indexing System     150
How to Update a Literature Review Efficiently     158
Caroline's Quest: Using the Matrix Indexing System     160
Matrix Applications by Health Sciences Professionals     163
What Are Matrix Applications?     164
How to Use Matrix Applications in a Research Project     165
How to Use Matrix Applications in a Meta-Analysis     167
How to Use Matrix Applications in Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines     168
How to Use Matrix Applications in Evidence-Based Medicine     170
Caroline's Quest: Matrix Applications in a Nonscientific Setting     173
Useful Resources for Literature Reviews     181
Index     193
About the Author     199

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