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The Literature Review3 edition
Six Steps To SuccessLawrence A. MachiBrenda T. McEvoySlide2
Step Three: Search the Literature
Search Tasks and Tools
TASK 2. CONDUCT A LITERATURE SEARCHSlide6
Activity 1. Managing Your Data
Activity 2. Scanning the LiteratureSlide8
Activity 2. Scanning the LiteratureSlide9
Doing a Boolean SearchSlide10
Online Academic Databases
Using several research databases, e-books, and e-journals, EBSCO provides an information service that covers several different subject areas in the social sciences.
offers a virtual reference library of encyclopedias, e-books, and monographs in its Gale Virtual Reference Library. GALE
provides full indexing and text export for periodicals across multiple disciplines.
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 is a collection of databases covering international literature in social sciences; it
an index and full text for articles from over 1,000 social science journals.
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 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.
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.Slide12
Activity 4. Mapping Your MaterialsSlide13
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.Slide14
Activity 4. Mapping Your MaterialsSlide15
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
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.Slide16
Mapping by Author Contribution ExampleSlide17
Activity 5. Creating Subject MemorandaSlide18
TASK 3. REFINE YOUR TOPICSlide19
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