6th Edition

Preparing Literature Reviews Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

By M. Ling Pan, Jacqueline S. Craven Copyright 2025
    200 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    200 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Preparing Literature Reviews is an accessible guide that provides easy to follow step-by-step advice on how to prepare qualitative and quantitative literature reviews. The 6th edition of this bestselling book retains its original lauded features of clear style and organization while bringing new chapters into the fold to address mixed-methods and theoretical frameworks in conducting reviews of literature.

    The text walks the reader through both the conceptualization and the writing stages, offering templates for fostering different phases of designing and drafting required to complete the process of conducting a review of literature from start to finish, in empirical articles, theses, or dissertations. New examples of literature reviews utilizing various approaches have been added, and there is also additional coverage of concepts such as literature organization, plagiarism, reviewing, topic selection, and writing. Commentary on literature in a variety of fields assists readers with understanding the structure and components of literature reviews.

    Perfect as an introductory or supplementary text, Preparing Literature Reviews offers a comprehensive consideration of each aspect of conducting literature reviews, making it an essential resource for students across the social and behavioural sciences, education, and the humanities.

    The accompanying Instructor and Student Resources website provides free digital materials designed to enhance student learning and save instructors time when preparing lessons. Resources include:

    • Flashcards for students to independently test their knowledge.
    • Student focused materials including advice on writing style, plagiarism, literature mapping, and a theory evaluation checklist.
    • Video explanations on Prisma 2020 and APA Journal Article Reporting Standards.
    • Instructor checklist and PowerPoint slides that correspond to the chapters to save valuable time preparing lessons.

    SECTION 1: CONCEPTUALIZING. Chapter 1 Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Reviews. Chapter 2 Mixed-methods Literature Reviews. Chapter 3 Selecting a Topic for Review. Chapter 4: Searching for Literature in Professional Journals. Chapter 5 Retrieving and Evaluating Information From the Web. Chapter 6 Evaluating and Interpreting Research Literature. Chapter 7 Applying Theoretical Frameworks. SECTION 2: WRITING. Chapter 8 Taking Notes and Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism. Chapter 9 Preparing a Topic Outline for the First Draft. Chapter 10 Writing the First Draft: Basic Principles. Chapter 11 Writing the First Draft: Optional Techniques. Chapter 12. Writing the First Draft: Statistical Issues in Qualitative Reviews. Chapter 13 Building Tables to Summarize Literature. Chapter 14 Revising and Refining the First Draft. Chapter 15 Writing Titles and Abstracts. Chapter 16 Preparing a Reference List. Chapter 17 Introduction to Meta-Analysis. Appendix A: Standard Literature Reviews. Appendix B: Qualitative Case Study Literature Reviews.


    M. Ling Pan is the pseudonym for a writer, researcher, and educator with more than twenty years of experience, including over fifteen years in higher education and ten of those in a supervisory role of doctoral dissertations. Dr. Pan earned university tenure as faculty in 2018 and now works freelance in the United States and abroad.

    "One of the most important but least taught skills for graduate students is the creation of a solid Literature
    Review. Preparing Literature Reviews provides a great single source reference for supporting the
    completion of a literature review across multiple disciplines. Its focus and structure make it easy to
    consider key concepts fundamental to a quality review. I wish I had known about this book earlier. It
    would have saved me and my students a lot of difficult discussions."

    --Professor Don Klinger, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, Murdoch University