The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success / Edition 2

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Overview

The go-to guide to completing a thorough, well-organized, and effective lit review!

This new edition of the best-selling book offers graduate students in education and the social sciences a road map to developing and writing an effective literature review for a research project, thesis, or dissertation. Updated with key vocabulary words, technology advice, and tips for writing during the early stages, the second edition takes students step by step through the entire process:

  1. Selecting a topic
  2. Searching the literature
  3. Developing arguments
  4. Surveying the literature
  5. Critiquing the literature
  6. Writing the literature review

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Editorial Reviews

Doctor - Cindy Wilson
"If I had known about this book when I began working on my dissertation, it would have saved me at least a full year and much, much consternation! The clarity and organization with which this book is written make it a tremendous and exceptionally user-friendly asset to anyone who is serious about presenting clear, well thought-out research. "
Doctor - Cathy Patterson
"This is the one book a graduate level student in education will be able to use from cover to cover. It provides the perfect roadmap for the successful completion of an outstanding literature review. It should be a required text for all students attempting to complete a literature review. "
Louanne Jacobs
"The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success is a must-have for both novice and experienced researchers. The authors provide a roadmap as researchers journey from inquiry to argument for advocacy. If a strong literature review is the foundation for a successful thesis or dissertation, Machi and Mc Evoy offer the building blocks for that foundation. "
Doctor - Sara McNeil
"This book provides invaluable support for graduate students in writing a literature review. The authors provide a clear, straightforward model for taking a researchable idea and transforming it into a research study. I have already recommended this text to all of my doctoral students! "
Doctor - Sherry Markel
"Every graduate student would benefit from reading this text on how to do a literature review and working through the questions to refine their own work. This is a concise, logical and very well written tool for graduate students and their advisors. "
Dr. Cindy Wilson
"If I had known about this book when I began working on my dissertation, it would have saved me at least a full year and much, much consternation! The clarity and organization with which this book is written make it a tremendous and exceptionally user-friendly asset to anyone who is serious about presenting clear, well thought-out research. "
Dr. Cathy Patterson
"This is the one book a graduate level student in education will be able to use from cover to cover. It provides the perfect roadmap for the successful completion of an outstanding literature review. It should be a required text for all students attempting to complete a literature review. "
Dr. Sara Mc Neil
"This book provides invaluable support for graduate students in writing a literature review. The authors provide a clear, straightforward model for taking a researchable idea and transforming it into a research study. I have already recommended this text to all of my doctoral students! "
Dr. Sherry Markel
"Every graduate student would benefit from reading this text on how to do a literature review and working through the questions to refine their own work. This is a concise, logical and very well written tool for graduate students and their advisors. "
Dr. Sara McNeil
"This book provides invaluable support for graduate students in writing a literature review. The authors provide a clear, straightforward model for taking a researchable idea and transforming it into a research study. I have already recommended this text to all of my doctoral students!"
Leonard O. Pellicer
"Machi and Mc Evoy have crafted a guide to writing a literature review that is absolutely elegant in its simplicity. The writers take the reader from the simple to the complex in an extremely well-written, logical sequence of bite-sized steps. This is the most useful guide to writing a literature review available anywhere. "
Eugene J. Muscat
"The authors have compiled one of the most authoritative yet practical guides to the literature review process.Novices will rapidly develop needed skills by completing the many exercises and reviewing the excellent end-of-chapter summaries, and any researcher can benefitfrom the six-step model that acts as a road map for both the academic and the professional writer. "
Diane Benson
"This book presents the frame for the research thought process. The literature review model used throughout the text emphasizes how the literature review is integral to the entire research process, not just the beginning. "
Jim Cox
"Perhaps the only challenge greater than conducting an effective review of the literature is teaching the novice researcher how to do so. This text meets the need of both student and teacher! Even the experienced researcher will undoubtedly gain some insight within these pages. "
Kenneth R. Stevenson
"The literature review is such a critical component of conducting and presenting good research. Whether the reader is a student preparing to write a thesis or dissertation, or a major advisor overseeing such work, this book provides an array of insights about what an effective literature review looks like and offers specifics about what it addresses in terms of content and structural framework. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452240886
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 146,198
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence A. Machi is a professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne. He teaches research methods and design and chairs doctoral dissertation research in addition to teaching classes in organizational development. Machi has extensive experience in higher education, having taught in schools of education at the University of San Francisco, St. Mary's College of California, and Sonoma State University prior to his tenure at the University of La Verne. Machi has also been a K-12 educator, having worked as a secondary teacher and served as a school administrator in both secondary and elementary school districts in Northern California. He has held the roles of vice principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.

Machi has consulted with many California school districts and nonprofit organizations over the years. His specialties have been in the areas of finance, negotiations, and organizational development. He holds an MA in curriculum development and an Ed D in organizational leadership.

Brenda Mc Evoy began her fascination with research and writing at age 15 when she became the “interested amateur” reader for her father’s books on topics including Pueblo ethnology and natural history. Those five years of early experience taught her the importance of careful research that produces logical arguments and that is expressed in clear, understandable language. She has taught high school English and history, including research skills, for the past 30 years. For eight years, she worked for the California State Department of Education leading groups of educators in improving their ability to edit and assess student writing. Also for the state, she was a mentor for beginning English and history teachers. Participation in the California Writing Project extended her knowledge of writing and the difficulties that students at all levels face when producing a major assignment. She has worked as an editor and a proofreader for the books of several associates. Currently, she is doing research on health insurance coverage for two teachers’ associations. Her depth of experience as a practitioner teaching writing and researching at many levels has shown her the many pitfalls that can bedevil student researchers. Her major interest has always been to help writers create work that is clear and logical, guiding student researchers toward producing well-argued and well-written literature reviews.

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Table of Contents

Preface
New to This Edition
Audience
Special Features and Text Organization
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
Key Vocabulary
The Purpose of a Literature Review
The Literature Review Defined
The Literature Review Process
Step 1. Select a Topic
Step 2. Search the Literature
Step 3. Develop the Argument
Step 4. Survey the Literature
Step 5. Critique the Literature
Step 6. Write the Review
Inquiry: The Necessary Precondition
Ethics
Pack Wisely Before You Begin
Tips
Summary
Checklist
Chapter 1: Step 1. Select a Topic
Key Vocabulary
Task 1. Choose a Research Interest
Exercises
Researcher Bias
Task 2. Refine a Research Interest From a Personal Interest
Activity 1. Specifying a Research Interest
Activity 2. Focusing the Interest
Activity 3. Selecting a Perspective
Activity 4. Reflection: The Key to Interest Selection
Task 3. Using the Research Interest to Identify a Preliminary Research Topic
Rules for Library Use
Task 4. Write the Preliminary Research Topic Statement
Tips
Summary
Checklist
Chapter 2: Step 2. Search the Literature
Key Vocabulary
Task 1. Select the Literature to Review
Task 2. Conducting a Literature Search
Activity 1. Managing Your Data
Activity 2. Scanning the Literature
Activity 3. Skimming the Literature
Activity 4. Mapping Your Materials
Activity 5. Creating Subject Memoranda
Task 3. Refine Your Topic
Tips
Summary
Checklist
Chapter 3: Step 3. Develop the Argument
Key Vocabulary
Concept 1. Building the Case for a Literature Review
Concept 2. Arguments–the Basics
Concept 3. Evaluating the Basic Parts of an Argument
Concept 4. Understanding Claims
Claims
Claim Acceptability
Concept 5. Building Evidence
Data Versus Evidence
Data Quality
Data Relevance
Qualifying the Claim
Concept 6. Warrants–Logically Connecting the Evidence to the Claim
Concept 7. Multiple Claims Arguments
Tips
Summary
Checklist
Chapter 4: Step 4. Survey the Literature
Key Vocabulary
Task 1. Assemble the Collected Data
Activity 1. Cataloging the Data
Task 2. Organize the Information
Activity 1. Arranging Information to Build Evidence
Activity 2. Organizing the Information and Building Claims
Task 3. Analyze the Patterns of the Data
Complex Reasoning
Comparative Reasoning
Building the Discovery Argument: An Example
Activity 1. Mapping the Argument of Discovery
Activity 2. Analyzing the Argument
Tips
Summary
Checklist
Chapter 5: Step 5. Critique the Literature
Key Vocabulary
Concept 1. Implicative Reasoning
Concept 2. The Two Arguments
Concept 3. Argument Patterns
Concept 4. Backing
Concept 5. Fallacies
Concept 6. The Case Is Everything
Tips
Summary
Checklist
Chapter 6: Step 6. Write the Review
Key Vocabulary
The Writing Process: Overview
Task 1. Write to Understand
Activity 1. Reviewing Notes and Memoranda
Activity 2. Exploratory Writing
Activity 3. Outlining
Activity 4. Preliminary Drafting
Task 2. Write to Be Understood
Activity 1. Writing the First Draft
Activity 2. Working With the Second and Third Drafts
Activity 3. Completing the Final Draft
Style Manuals
Tips on Writing
Last Words
Glossary
References and Further Reading
Index

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