The Literature Review; Six Steps to Success

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  • Copyright: 2012-06-08
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Untangle the literature review process! Written in user-friendly language, this resource offers master's and doctoral-level students in education and the social sciences a road map to developing and writing an effective literature review for a research project, thesis, or dissertation. The second edition has been updated with new tools and features to guide readers through the six-step process. Discover practical tools and advice for: Selecting a topic Searching the literature Developing arguments Surveying the literature Critiquing the literature Writing the literature review

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
New to This Editionp. xiii
Audiencep. xiv
Special Features and Text Organizationp. xiv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
About the Authorsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Key Vocabularyp. 1
The Purpose of a Literature Reviewp. 2
The Literature Review Definedp. 3
The Literature Review Processp. 4
Select a Topicp. 5
Search the Literaturep. 6
Develop the Argumentp. 6
Survey the Literaturep. 6
Critique the Literaturep. 6
Write the Reviewp. 6
Inquiry: The Necessary Preconditionp. 7
Ethicsp. 8
Pack Wisely Before You Beginp. 9
Tipsp. 10
Summaryp. 11
Checklistp. 11
Step 1. Select a Topicp. 13
Key Vocabularyp. 14
Choose a Research Interestp. 16
Exercisesp. 17
Researcher Biasp. 18
Refine a Research Interest From a Personal Interestp. 20
Specifying a Research Interestp. 20
Focusing the Interestp. 21
Selecting a Perspectivep. 22
Reflection: The Key to Interest Selectionp. 23
Use the Research Interest to Identify a Preliminary Research Topicp. 25
Rules for Library Usep. 29
Write the Preliminary Research Topic Statementp. 31
Tipsp. 33
Summaryp. 33
Checklistp. 35
Step 2. Search the Literaturep. 37
Key Vocabularyp. 38
Select the Literature to Reviewp. 39
Conduct a Literature Searchp. 40
Managing Your Datap. 42
Scanning the Literaturep. 44
Skimming the Literaturep. 49
Mapping Your Materialsp. 51
Creating Subject Memorandap. 56
Refine Your Topicp. 57
Tipsp. 59
Summaryp. 59
Checklistp. 61
Step 3. Develop the Argumentp. 63
Key Vocabularyp. 64
Building the Case for a Literature Reviewp. 65
Arguments-the Basicsp. 66
Evaluating the Basic Parts of an Argumentp. 67
Understanding Claimsp. 70
Claimsp. 70
Claim Acceptabilityp. 72
Building Evidencep. 75
Data Versus Evidencep. 75
Data Qualityp. 76
Data Relevancep. 77
Qualifying the Claimp. 78
Warrant-Logically Connecting the Evidence to the Claimp. 79
Multiple Claims Argumentsp. 81
Tipsp. 83
Summaryp. 83
Checklistp. 85
Step 4. Survey the Literaturep. 87
Key Vocabularyp. 88
Assemble the Collected Datap. 89
Cataloging the Datap. 91
Organize the Informationp. 92
Arranging Information to Build Evidencep. 92
Organizing the Information and Building Claimsp. 97
Analyze the Patterns of the Datap. 99
Complex Reasoningp. 100
Comparative Reasoningp. 101
Building the Discovery Argument: An Examplep. 102
Mapping the Argument of Discoveryp. 104
Analyzing the Argumentp. 106
Tipsp. 107
Summaryp. 107
Checklistp. 109
Step 5. Critique the Literaturep. 111
Key Vocabularyp. 112
Implicative Reasoningp. 113
The Two Argumentsp. 114
Argument Patternsp. 116
Backingp. 123
Fallaciesp. 129
The Case Is Everythingp. 131
Tipsp. 131
Summaryp. 131
Checklistp. 133
Step 6. Write the Reviewp. 135
Key Vocabularyp. 136
The Writing Process: Overviewp. 136
Write to Understandp. 139
Reviewing Notes and Memorandap. 139
Exploratory Writingp. 140
Outliningp. 142
Preliminary Draftingp. 152
Write to Be Understoodp. 154
Writing the First Draftp. 155
Working With the Second and Third Draftsp. 158
Completing the Final Draftp. 159
Style Manualsp. 160
Tips on Writingp. 161
Last Wordsp. 161
Glossaryp. 163
References and Further Readingp. 167
Indexp. 169
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