Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2010-04-29
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
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Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy 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.

The Third Edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect the switch out of "paper" mode and into electronic mode. Clinical practice examples and references to PubMed and PubMed Central have been added throughout along with information on reference management softwares such as endnote and refworks.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Fundamentals of a Literature Reviewp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Review of the Literaturep. 4
Well Beyond Index Cardsp. 5
To Own the Literaturep. 7
Research Synthesis: Historical Perspectivep. 8
The Matrix Method: Definition and Overviewp. 17
Review Matrix: A Versatile Toolp. 18
Overview of Chapters and Appendicesp. 20
References to Websitesp. 22
Caroline's Quest: Understanding the Processp. 23
Basic Conceptsp. 29
Source Materials Definedp. 30
Different Kinds of Source Materialsp. 30
Anatomy of a Scientific Paper---Finding what you need in a Typical Research Paperp. 36
Guidelines for a Methodological Review of the Literaturep. 42
Caroline's Quest: Learning the Conceptsp. 55
The Matrix Methodp. 59
Paper Trail: How to Plan and Manage a Search of the Literaturep. 61
What Is a Paper Trail?p. 62
How to Create a Paper Trailp. 62
How to Find Source Materials: Creating and Using a Paper Trailp. 65
Tips on Searching for Source Documentsp. 81
Caroline's Quest: Managing the Searchp. 84
Documents Folder: How to Select and Organize Documents for Reviewp. 95
How to Select the Documents for your Reviewp. 96
What Is a Documents Folder?p. 97
How to Organize a Documents Folderp. 99
How to Remember where you put the Documentsp. 99
Caroline's Quest: Assembling a Documents Folderp. 101
Review Matrix: How to abstract the Research Literaturep. 105
What is a Review Matrix?p. 106
How to Construct a Review Matrixp. 107
How to Arrange Documents for use in a Review Matrixp. 108
How to Choose Column Topics for a Review Matrixp. 108
How to Abstract Documents in a Review Matrixp. 113
Fringe Benefits of the Abstracting Processp. 118
Caroline's Quest: Constructing a Review Matrixp. 121
Synthesis: How to use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesisp. 127
What Is a Synthesis?p. 128
How to Use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesisp. 129
Caroline's Quest: Writing a Synthesisp. 134
Applications Using the Matrix Methodp. 139
A Library of Lit Review Master Foldersp. 141
What Is a Library of Lit Review Master Folders?p. 142
How to Create a Library of Lit Review Master Foldersp. 142
How to Use a Library of Lit Review Master Foldersp. 144
Making the Most of the Matrix Methodp. 145
Caroline's Quest: Building her Own Library of Lit Review Master Foldersp. 151
The Matrix Indexing Systemp. 153
What Is the Matrix Indexing System?p. 154
How to Set up a Matrix Indexing Systemp. 154
How to Expand the Documents Folderp. 161
How to Update a Literature Review Efficientlyp. 162
Caroline's Quest: Using the Matrix Indexing Systemp. 163
Matrix Applications by Health Sciences Professionalsp. 165
What are Matrix Applications?p. 166
How to Use Matrix Applications in a Research Projectp. 167
How to Use Matrix Applications in a Meta-Analysisp. 169
How to Use Matrix Applications in Practice Guidelinesp. 170
How to Use Matrix Applications in Evidence-Based Medicinep. 172
Caroline's Quest: Matrix Applications in a Nonscientific Settingp. 174
Useful Resources for Literature Reviewsp. 181
Structure of Computer Folders for the Matrix Methodp. 193
Indexp. 201
About the Authorp. 211
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Excellent Method May 17, 2011
This textbook helps students and practitioners better understand scientific literature by instilling the essential skills needed to evaluate article findings critically. The Matrix Method is a simple, clean, and easy-to-understand way to find, review, classify and organize the literature in any subject! It is elegance itself. This is an excellent textbook for anyone who needs help organizing the myriad of information that comes with research. I ordered this textbook from ecampus and I'm glad to receive it in time.
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