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Doing a Literature Search: A Comprehensive Guide for the Social Sciences

by Hart C SAGE Publications Ltd
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Doing a Literature Search provides a practical and comprehensive guide to searching the literature on any topic within the social sciences. This essential research tool will enable the reader to search the literature effectively, identifying useful books, articles, statistics and many other sources of information.This accessible manual offers the following features:- A quick reference guide to sources - print and electronic abstracts, indexes, guides and gateways - for the student, researcher and tutor- An aide to planning and conducting a literature search that will include robust and reliable referrals to other sources, organizations and texts- A clear and concise introduction to doing either a quick review or a comprehensive review of the literature- A guide to the search tools for locating items- Advice on how to indentify key items from the literature- An up-to-date list of key reference materials both printed and electronic, especially URLs and titles of guides to the literatureThis text will be an invaluable research tool for postgraduates and researchers across the social sciences.

PART ONE: BASIC KNOWLEDGE: ORGANIZATION OF THE LITERATURE, PLANNING TECHNIQUES AND SEARCH MANAGEMENT The Purpose of Searching the Literature Search Preparation and Planning Search Management PART TWO: LITERATURE TYPES: WORKING THROUGH THE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL FRAMEWORK Quick Reference Materials Finding Books and Bibliographies Finding Journal Articles Finding Grey Literature Finding Official Publications, Statistics and Archives Finding Citations and Reviews PART THREE: USING INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY: MORE ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNIQUES Using the Internet for Literature Searching Advanced Searching Techniques

Chris Hart is Senior Lecturer in Management and Organizational Studies at the University of Central England, Birmingham.