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Seven Steps to a Comprehensive Literature Review: A Multimodal and Cultural Approach

by Anthony Onwuegbuzie and Rebecca K Frels SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
03/2016
ISBN:
9781446248911
Format:
Hbk 440 pages
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This dynamic seven-step guide to doing literature reviews focuses on published and unpublished works and then extends the search to include multimodal texts and settings such as media, observations, documents, experts in the field and secondary data through the idea that culture plays a central role in knowledge interpretation. The seven steps help demystify the literature review process and encourage readers to synthesize information thematically, rather than merely summarize the existing literature and findings. The book outlines the CORE of the literature review process and ndash; Critical thinking, Organization, Reflections and Evaluation and ndash; and provides a guide for reflexivity at the end of each of the seven steps. The literature review exemplar in the appendix serves as a helpful model for readers.

PART ONE: OVERVIEW
Chapter 1: Foundations of the Literature Review
Chapter 2: The Literature Review
Chapter 3: Methodology of the Literature Review
PART TWO: EXPLORATION
Chapter 4: Step 1: Exploring Beliefs and Topics
Chapter 5: Step 2: Initiating the Search
Chapter 6: Step 3: Storing and Organizing Information
Chapter 7: Step 4: Selecting/Deselecting Information
Chapter 8: Step 5: Expanding the Search: Media, Observation(s), Documents, Experts and Secondary Data
PART THREE: INTEGRATION
Chapter 9: Step 6: Analyzing and Synthesizing Information
PART FOUR: COMMUNICATION
Chapter 10: Step 7: Presenting the CLR Report: Planning Phase
Chapter 11: Step 7: Presenting the CLR Written Report
APPENDICES
Appendix A: Supplemental Tables of Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Research Designs
Appendix B: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Legitimation Frameworks

With noteworthy scope of content, this book  is a must-have resource for beginning and experienced researchers alike. In addition to its effective pedagogical features such as visuals and end of chapter questions, this resource enables researchers to make informed decisions about the purposes of and procedures for undertaking a literature review. In so doing, the authors innovate and advance our understandings of the processes and products involved in a comprehensive literature review and provide practical guidance for each of the steps. I have been seeking such a book and plan to make this required reading for the graduate students I instruct, mentor, and supervise.