The Literature Review: A Step-by-Step Guide for Students

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SAGE, Jul 23, 2012 - Study Aids - 232 pages
This second edition of Diana Ridley′s bestselling book provides a step-by-step guide to conducting a literature search and literature review, using cases and examples throughout to demonstrate best practice. Ridley outlines practical strategies for conducting a systematic search of the available literature, reading and note taking and writing up your literature review as part of an undergraduate research project, Masters dissertation or PhD thesis.

New to this edition are:

  • Examples drawn from a wide range of disciplines
  • A new chapter on conducting systematic reviews
  • Increased guidance on evaluating the quality of online sources and online literature
  • Enhanced guidance in dealing with copyright and permissions issues.

This book also comes with a companion website containing a wide range of examples of successful literature reviews from various academic disciplines.

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The multiple purposes of a literature review
23
3 Sources of information and conducting searches
41
4 Reading and notetaking strategies
62
keeping records and organising information
79
6 Structuring the literature review
98
7 Intext citations
118
8 Being critical
141
9 Foregrounding writer voice
157
10 The continuing process
175
11 A systematic literature review
188
Conclusion
203
Electronic guides
204
References
207
Index
211
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About the author (2012)

Diana Ridley is a Senior Lecturer at the TESOL Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK where she supervises research students in the fields of English language teaching and academic literacies.

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