The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success / Edition 2

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Overview

Updated with technology tips and new graphics, this bestseller takes readers through the entire literature review process in six steps, from selecting a topic to writing the 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: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 72,179
  • 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 theUniversity ofLa 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 EdD in organizational leadership.

Brenda McEvoy 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 About the Authors Acknowledgments 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
Key Vocabulary Task 1. Choose a Research Interest Exercises Researcher Bias Task 2. Refining 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 Rule 1. Know Your Librarian Rule 2. Be Purposeful Rule 3. Preparation Equals Efficiency Task 4. Writing the Preliminary Research Topic Statement Tips Summary Checklist Chapter 2
Key Vocabulary Task 1. Selecting the Literature to Review Task 2. Conducting a Literature Search- Overview Activity 1 Manage Your Data Bibliographic Documentation Activity 2 Scan the Literature Use the Internet and Your University’s Virtual Library Scan Progress Activity 3 Skim the Literature Activity 4 Mapping Your Materials Mapping by Core Idea Mapping by Author Contribution Activity 5 Creating Subject Memoranda Task 3. Refining Your Topic Tips Summary Checklist Chapter 3
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 Claims of Fact Claims of Worth Claims of Policy Claims of Concept Claims of Interpretation Concept 5. Building Evidence Data vs. Evidence Data Quality Data Relevance Qualifying the Claim Concept 6. Warrant – Logically Connecting the Evidence to the Claim Concept 7 Multiple Claims Arguments Tips Summary Checklist Chapter 4
Key Vocabulary Task 1. Assemble the Collected Data Activity – Cataloguing the Data Task 2. Organize the Information Activity 1 Arranging Information to Build Evidence Reasoning Patterns 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
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
Key Vocabulary The Writing Process: Overview Task 1. Writing to Understand Activity 1 Notes and Memoranda Review Activity 2 Exploratory Writing Creating Writing Readiness The Literature Review Activity 3 Outline Some Common Outlining Mistakes The Literature Review Format The Introduction The Body The Summation Composing Drafts Activity 4 The Preliminary Draft Preliminary Draft: The Audit Preliminary Draft: The Edit Task 2. Writing to Be Understood Activity 1 Analysis Activity 2 Evaluation Activity 3 Outside Review Activity 4 The Second and Third Drafts Activity 5 The Final Draft Writing the Final Draft Auditing the Final Draft Style Manuals Tips on Writing Last Words Glossary Index
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