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