• Illustrates all the steps in preparing qualitative and quantitative literature reviews.
• Emphasizes topic selection, locating literature, and avoiding major pitfalls in evaluating and synthesizing literature.
• Shows how to improve literature reviews through the judicious inclusion of statistical results found in the literature.
• Provides easy-to-follow advice on how to avoid misrepresenting the results of published research in literature reviews.
• The numerous examples throughout the text and the nine model literature reviews clarify the process of following the guidelines for writing solid, state-of-the-art literature reviews.
• Shows students how to blend qualitative and quantitative approaches to preparing literature reviews without being overly mathematical.
• Two chapters present clear explanations of how to conduct meta-analyses.
• All examples have been updated to ensure consistency with the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and the fourth edition of the American Sociological Association’s Style Guide.
Chapters 1. Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Reviews 2. Selecting a Topic for Review 3. Searching for Literature in Professional Journals 4. Retrieving and Evaluating Information From the Web 5. Evaluating and Interpreting Research Literature 6. Taking Notes and Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism 7. Preparing a Topic Outline for the First Draft 8. Writing the First Draft: Basic Principles 9. Writing the First Draft: Optional Techniques 10. Writing the First Draft: Statistical Issues in Qualitative Reviews 11. Building Tables to Summarize Literature 12. Revising and Refining the First Draft 13. Writing Titles and Abstracts 14. Preparing a Reference List 15. Introduction to Meta-Analysis 16. A Closer Look at Meta-Analysis Checklist of Guidelines Model Literature Reviews Qualitative Literature Reviews 1. Risk-Taking Behaviors and Impulsivity Among Veterans With and Without PTSD and Mild TBI 2. Spirituality Among African American Women Living With HIV/AIDS 3. Subjective Evaluations of Alcohol Consequences and Changes in Drinking Behavior 4. Predicting Marital Separation From Parent-Child Relationships 5. Positive Effects of the Mediterranean Diet in the Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease Quantitative Literature Reviews 6. Dance Therapy in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure 7. Tetrachloroethylene Exposure and Bladder Cancer Risk 8. Exercise for Depressive Symptoms in Stroke Patients Appendices A. Qualitative Versus Quantitative Research B. Quality Control in Qualitative Research Table of Z-Values for r Index