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The Literature Review3 edition

Six Steps To SuccessLawrence A. MachiBrenda T. McEvoy

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Step Three: Search the Literature

Search Tasks and Tools

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CHAPTER OVERVIEW

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TASK 2. CONDUCT A LITERATURE SEARCH

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Activity 1. Managing Your Data

Bibliographic Documentation

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Activity 2. Scanning the Literature

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Activity 2. Scanning the Literature

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Doing a Boolean Search

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Online Academic Databases

Contents

EBSCO

Using several research databases, e-books, and e-journals, EBSCO provides an information service that covers several different subject areas in the social sciences.

GALE

GALE

offers a virtual reference library of encyclopedias, e-books, and monographs in its Gale Virtual Reference Library. GALE

Infotrac

provides full indexing and text export for periodicals across multiple disciplines.

JSTOR

JSTOR

is a digital library containing academic journals, books, and primary sources in both digital and print formats in the areas of social science, literature, education, the fine arts, mathematics, and science.

PROQUEST

ProQuest is a collection of databases covering international literature in social sciences; it

provides

an index and full text for articles from over 1,000 social science journals.

SAGE PREMIER

SAGE is a database

providing access to over 650 peer-reviewed, full-text journals published by SAGE in multiple academic disciplines, including social sciences and humanities

WORLDCAT/

FIRSTSEARCH

WORLDCAT is a central indexing system that includes 2,000 e-content collections containing articles, e-books, and other contents from databases such as EBSCO, GALE, and PROQUEST; it links over 1 billion electronic, digital, and physical resources from libraries worldwide.

Figure 3.7

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Activity 3. Skimming the Literature

Review the abstract or the text’s introduction.

Does this material address the topic?

If so, examine the table of contents or major subject headings.

Document the results.

Do a quick read of the selected areas of the text to find the relevant information.

Read the section at three to four times your normal rate.

Note the main ideas in the abstract section of the bibliographic entry card.

Check all glossaries, appendixes, and other information in the end matter of the book.

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Activity 4. Mapping Your Materials

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Core Idea Map

The core idea, or descriptor, is in the center and serves as the central idea.

Each of the categories or parts of the core idea should be sketched as a supporting idea.

These parts can be theoretical positions, definitions, or descriptive categories.

Various arrangements are possible, such as type, theme, or chronology, depending on the particular research question.

Break down each of the subsidiary ideas into individual categories, such as research studies, theories, definitions, or examples.

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Activity 4. Mapping Your Materials

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Mapping by Author Contribution

Choose author and pertinent sections of the bibliographic entry card.

Record on your map the relevant ideas and details from the text, organizing them by content, theory explanation, or chapter headings and subheadings.

Record the relationships among the texts depicted on the author map by connection

Compare theories.

Cross-reference subject information.

Develop chronological connections among texts.

Place additional information on author maps, including page number references, notable quotes, and other authors or texts.

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Mapping by Author Contribution Example

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Activity 5. Creating Subject Memoranda

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TASK 3. REFINE YOUR TOPIC

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