9780763726737

Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy : The Matrix Method

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    9780763726737

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    0763726737

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/1/1999
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
PART I---FUNDAMENTALS OF A LITERATURE REVIEW
1(60)
Introduction
3(26)
Review of the Literature
4(1)
Beyond Index Cards
4(2)
To Own the Literature
6(1)
Research Synthesis: Historical Perspective
7(10)
The Matrix Method: Definition and Overview
17(2)
Review Matrix: A Versatile Tool
19(1)
Overview of Chapters and Appendix
20(3)
References to Web Sites
23(1)
Caroline's Quest: Understanding the Process
24(5)
Basic Concepts
29(32)
Source Materials Defined
30(1)
Different Kinds of Source Materials
30(8)
Anatomy of a Scientific Paper---Finding What You Need in a Typical Research Paper
38(5)
Guidelines for a Methodological Review of the Literature
43(14)
Caroline's Quest: Learning the Concepts
57(4)
PART II---THE MATRIX METHOD
61(86)
Paper Trail: How To Plan and Manage a Search of the Literature
63(42)
What Is a Paper Trail?
64(1)
How To Create a Paper Trail
64(3)
How To Find Source Materials: Creating and Using a Paper Trail
67(20)
Tips on Searching for Source Documents
87(4)
Caroline's Quest: Managing the Search
91(14)
Documents Section: How To Select and Organize Documents for Review
105(8)
How To Select the Right Documents for Your Review
106(1)
What Is a Documents Section?
107(1)
How To Organize a Documents Section
108(1)
How To Remember Where You Put the Documents
109(2)
Caroline's Quest: Assembling a Documents Section
111(2)
Review Matrix: How To Abstract the Research Literature
113(22)
What Is a Review Matrix?
114(1)
How To Construct a Review Matrix
115(1)
How To Arrange Documents for Use in a Review Matrix
116(1)
How To Choose Column Topics for a Review Matrix
116(4)
How To Abstract Documents in a Review Matrix
120(3)
Fringe Benefits of the Abstracting Process
123(7)
Caroline's Quest: Constructing a Review Matrix
130(5)
Synthesis: How To Use a Review Matrix To Write a Synthesis
135(12)
What Is a Synthesis?
136(1)
How To Use a Review Matrix To Write a Synthesis
137(6)
Caroline's Quest: Writing a Synthesis
143(4)
PART III---APPLICATIONS USING THE MATRIX METHOD
147(44)
A Library of Lit Review Books
149(6)
What Is a Library of Lit Review Books?
150(1)
How To Create a Library of Lit Review Books
150(1)
How To Use a Library of Lit Review Books
151(2)
Caroline's Quest: Building a Library of Lit Review Books
153(2)
The Matrix Indexing System
155(18)
What Is the Matrix Indexing System?
156(1)
How To Set up a Matrix Indexing System
156(8)
How To Expand the Documents Section
164(1)
How To Efficiently Update a Literature Review
164(2)
Caroline's Quest: Using the Matrix Indexing System
166(7)
Matrix Applications by Health Sciences Professionals
173(18)
What Are Matrix Applications?
174(1)
How To Use Matrix Applications in a Research Project
175(2)
How To Use Matrix Applications in a Meta-Analysis
177(2)
How To Use Matrix Applications in Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines
179(2)
How To Use Matrix Applications in Evidence-Based Medicine
181(3)
Caroline's Quest: Matrix Applications in a Nonscientific Setting
184(7)
Appendix A---Useful Resources for Literature Reviews 191(12)
Index 203(6)
About the Author 209

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