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Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care A Practical Guide Second edition

LITERATURE REVIEWS are an important preliminary step towards a research project or dissertation, as well as being an important source of information in their own right. But despite their value, literature reviews often present a major challenge to students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

This second edition guides the reader to undertaking a quality literature review. The structured layout of the book, with clear subheadings and concise diagrams and tables, is easy to read as a complete book or to dip into at each stage of writing the review.

Each of the eight chapters provides vital background theoretical information, as well as guidance for the reader about a step in the literature review process. Chapters include:

The purpose and types or literature reviews.

How to select a research topic and develop a question.

Methods for searching the literature and managing references.

Critical appraisal.

Discussion of the strengths and limitations of the review.

Strategies for presenting the review; and

Commonly asked questions about issues

such as plagiarism and writing styles. Each

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This second edition guides the reader to undertaking a quality literature review. The structured layout of the book, with clear subheadings and concise diagrams and tables, is easy to read as a complete book or to dip into at each stage of writing the review.

Each of the eight chapters provides vital background theoretical information, as well as guidance for the reader about a step in the literature review process. Chapters include:

The purpose and types or literature reviews.

How to select a research topic and develop a question.

Methods for searching the literature and managing references.

Critical appraisal.

Discussion of the strengths and limitations of the review.

Strategies for presenting the review; and

Commonly asked questions about issues

such as plagiarism and writing styles. Each chapter provides a detailed discussion of relevant issues and includes text boxes that offer practical examples of discussion points. A glossary allows the reader to find definitions of unfamiliar terms while a detailed index assists in finding relevant issues within the book. Overall this is an extremely useful book that addresses a key learning need for students. The book lives up to its aims and is of significant value to its target audience.

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