Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy : The Matrix Method

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  • Copyright: 1999-02-01
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Pub
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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

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Fundamentals of a Literature Reviewp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Review of the Literaturep. 4
Beyond Index Cardsp. 4
To Own the Literaturep. 6
Research Synthesis: Historical Perspectivep. 7
The Matrix Method: Definition and Overviewp. 16
Review Matrix: A Versatile Toolp. 18
Overview of Chapters and Appendixp. 19
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 Out What You Need in a Typical Research Paperp. 37
Guidelines for a Methodological Review of the Literaturep. 42
Caroline's Quest: Learning the Conceptsp. 57
The Matrix Methodp. 61
Paper Trail: How to Plan and Manage a Search of the Literaturep. 63
What Is a Paper Trail?p. 64
How to Create a Paper Trailp. 64
How to Find Source Materials: Creating and Using a Paper Trailp. 67
Tips on Searching for Source Documentsp. 84
Caroline's Quest: Managing the Searchp. 88
Documents Section: How to Select and Organize Documents for Reviewp. 99
How to Select the Right Documents for Your Reviewp. 100
What Is a Documents Section?p. 101
How to Organize a Documents Sectionp. 102
How to Remember Where You Put the Documentsp. 103
Caroline's Quest: Assembling a Documents Sectionp. 105
Review Matrix: How to Abstract the Research Literaturep. 107
What Is a Review Matrix?p. 108
How to Construct a Review Matrixp. 109
How to Arrange Documents for Use in a Review Matrixp. 110
How to Choose Column Topics for a Review Matrixp. 110
How to Abstract Documents in a Review Matrixp. 114
Fringe Benefits of the Abstracting Processp. 120
Caroline's Quest: Constructing a Review Matrixp. 123
Synthesis: How to Use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesisp. 129
What Is a Synthesis?p. 130
How to Use a Review Matrix to Write a Synthesisp. 131
Caroline's Quest: Writing a Synthesisp. 137
Applications Using the Matrix Methodp. 141
A Library of Lit Review Booksp. 143
What Is a Library of Lit Review Books?p. 144
How to Create a Library of Lit Review Booksp. 144
How to Use a Library of Lit Review Booksp. 145
Caroline's Quest: Building a Library of Lit Review Booksp. 147
The Matrix Indexing Systemp. 149
What Is the Matrix Indexing System?p. 150
How to Set Up a Matrix Indexing Systemp. 150
How to Update a Literature Review Efficientlyp. 158
Caroline's Quest: Using the Matrix Indexing Systemp. 160
Matrix Applications by Health Sciences Professionalsp. 163
What Are Matrix Applications?p. 164
How to Use Matrix Applications in a Research Projectp. 165
How to Use Matrix Applications in a Meta-Analysisp. 167
How to Use Matrix Applications in Developing Clinical Practice Guidelinesp. 168
How to Use Matrix Applications in Evidence-Based Medicinep. 170
Caroline's Quest: Matrix Applications in a Nonscientific Settingp. 173
Useful Resources for Literature Reviewsp. 181
Indexp. 193
About the Authorp. 199
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