Conducting your literature review / by Susanne Hempel.

Hempel, Susanne, author.
Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, [2020]
Concise guides to conducting behavioral, health, and social science research series
Concise guides to conducting behavioral, health, and social science research series
1 online resource (ix, 145 pages).
Psychology -- Research -- Methodology.
Psychology -- Information resources.
Psychology -- Authorship.
Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology.
Medical subjects:
Psychology -- education.
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"A literature review is an overview of the available research for a specific scientific topic. Literature reviews summarize existing research to answer a review question, provide the context for new research, or identify important gaps in the existing body of literature. For students in psychology and the social sciences, conducting a literature review provides a fantastic opportunity to use the existing research evidence and to do so in a way that parallels the methods used to design and execute primary research. This book is a step-by-step guide to writing a literature review, and includes tips for modifying the process as needed depending on one's audience, purpose, and goals. The lessons can be applied to writing the background section for a thesis or an original research publication. One needs a structured approach to handle the sheer volume of published research available. The book helps to formulate a strategy for making decisions about what to include and not include in review, and produce a reliable and unbiased summary of the existing research. One will learn skills for defining research questions, using search tools and managing citations. The book is part of the American Psychological Association's Concise Guides to Conducting Behavioral, Health, and Social Science Research series. Aimed at undergraduate students in research methods courses or others with a lab or research project, each book describes a key stage in the research process. Collectively, these books provide a solid grounding in research from start to finish."--Chapter (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).
Series foreword
What to achieve : clarifying the goal of your literature review
Where to look : Choosing databases and other sources of literature
How to look : Developing search strategies
What to look for: Deciding what literature to include
How to organize : managing your material
How to abstract : extracting key information from the literature
How to assess : critically appraising your material
How to synthesize : determining what to say about the literature
How to document : writing up your literature review
Further reading
About the author
About the series editor.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2020.
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