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Conducting Research Literature Reviews
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Table of Contents

1. Reviewing the Literature: Why? For Whom? How? Part I. Research Design and Sampling 2. Searching and Screening: The Practical Screen and Methodological Quality Part II. Collection, Interventions, Analysis, Results, and Conclusions 3. Searching and Screening: Methodological Quality 4. Doing the Review: A Reader's Guide Chapter 5. What Did You Find? Synthesizing Results

About the Author

Arlene Fink (PhD) is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of the Langley Research Institute. Her main interests include evaluation and survey research and the conduct of research literature reviews as well as the evaluation of their quality. Dr. Fink has conducted scores of evaluation studies in public health, medicine, and education. She is on the faculty of UCLA's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and is a scientific and evaluation advisor to UCLA's Gambling Studies and IMPACT (Improving Access, Counseling & Treatment for Californians with Prostate Cancer) programs. She consults nationally and internationally for agencies such as L'institut de Promotion del la Prevention Secondaire en Addictologie (IPPSA) in Paris, France, and Peninsula Health in Victoria, Australia. Professor Fink has taught and lectured extensively all over the world and is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and 15 textbooks.

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"The text provides a thorough and comprehensive overview of the literature review process. I am particularly pleased that the text provides a detailed discussion of how best to choose online databases and provides specific strategies for obtaining optimal search results through the use of Boolean operators."

-JaMuir M. Robinson, Walden University -- JaMuir M. Robinson
"The book is an in depth discussion of the literature review journey, highlighting many issues and pitfalls which could hinder the successful completion. The reader is guided through the journey with realistic advice and an explanation of key terms to ensure a successful search that is productive, fruitful and reliable."

-Suzanne Sinclair, University Centre at Blackburn College -- Suzanne Sinclair

"I think this text presents the goals/reasons, thought-process, and practical steps involved in writing literature reviews in a much more logical and approachable (readable) manner than many I have seen."

-Julia L. Sloan, Cazenovia College



-- Julia L. Sloan

"The material is an exemplary mix of explication and illustrations of the steps in finding, reviewing, and evaluating the research for a literature review."

-Walter J. Ullrich, California State University, Fresno

-- Walter J. Ullrich

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