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Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy : The Matrix Method,9780763740047

Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy : The Matrix Method

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Pub. Date:
8/24/2006
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Jones & Bartlett
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Summary

This text helps students and practitioners better understand scientific literature by instilling the essential skills (via the matrix method) needed to critically evaluate article findings. 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. This easy-to-read and practical reference is an invaluable aid to students, researchers, and practitioners. Received a Perfect Score from Doody Enterprises, Inc. Review Service!

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
PART I FUNDAMENTALS OF A LITERATURE REVIEW 1(60)
Chapter 1 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(9)
The Matrix Method: Definition and Overview
16(2)
Review Matrix: A Versatile Tool
18(1)
Overview of Chapters and Appendix
19(3)
References to Websites
22(1)
Caroline's Quest: Understanding the Process
23(6)
Chapter 2 Basic Concepts
29(32)
Source Materials Defined
30(1)
Different Kinds of Source Materials
30(7)
Anatomy of a Scientific Paper—Finding Out What You Need in a Typical Research Paper
37(5)
Guidelines for a Methodological Review of the Literature
42(15)
Caroline's Quest: Learning the Concepts
57(4)
PART II THE MATRIX METHOD 61(80)
Chapter 3 Paper Trail: How to Plan and Manage a Search of the Literature
63(36)
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(17)
Tips on Searching for Source Documents
84(4)
Caroline's Quest: Managing the Search
88(11)
Chapter 4 Documents Section: How to Select and Organize Documents for Review
99(8)
How to Select the Right Documents for Your Review
100(1)
What Is a Documents Section?
101(1)
How to Organize a Documents Section
102(1)
How to Remember Where You Put the Documents
103(2)
Caroline's Quest: Assembling a Documents Section
105(2)
Chapter 5 Review Matrix: How to Abstract the Research Literature
107(22)
What Is a Review Matrix?
108(1)
How to Construct a Review Matrix
109(1)
How to Arrange Documents for Use in a Review Matrix
110(1)
How to Choose Column Topics for a Review Matrix
110(4)
How to Abstract Documents in a Review Matrix
114(6)
Fringe Benefits of the Abstracting Process
120(3)
Caroline's Quest: Constructing a Review Matrix
123(6)
Chapter 6 Synthesis: How to Use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesis
129(12)
What Is a Synthesis?
130(1)
How to Use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesis
131(6)
Caroline's Quest: Writing a Synthesis
137(4)
PART III APPLICATIONS USING THE MATRIX METHOD 141(40)
Chapter 7 A Library of Lit Review Books
143(6)
What Is a Library of Lit Review Books?
144(1)
How to Create a Library of Lit Review Books
144(1)
How to Use a Library of Lit Review Books
145(2)
Caroline's Quest: Building a Library of Lit Review Books
147(2)
Chapter 8 The Matrix Indexing System
149(14)
What Is the Matrix Indexing System?
150(1)
How to Set Up a Matrix Indexing System
150(8)
How to Update a Literature Review Efficiently
158(2)
Caroline's Quest: Using the Matrix Indexing System
160(3)
Chapter 9 Matrix Applications by Health Sciences Professionals
163(18)
What Are Matrix Applications?
164(1)
How to Use Matrix Applications in a Research Project
165(2)
How to Use Matrix Applications in a Meta-Analysis
167(1)
How to Use Matrix Applications in Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines
168(2)
How to Use Matrix Applications in Evidence-Based Medicine
170(3)
Caroline's Quest: Matrix Applications in a Nonscientific Setting
173(8)
Appendix Useful Resources for Literature Reviews 181(12)
Index 193(6)
About the Author 199


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