The literature review : six steps to success

Machi, Lawrence A

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  • Creator Lawrence A. Machi, Brenda T. McEvoy
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication
    • Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, [2009]
    • ©2009
  • Physical Details
    • xvi, 164 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • ISBNs 9781412961349, 1412961343, 9781412961356, 1412961351
  • OCLC ocn213313309


  • "Written in user-friendly language, this compact reference offers master's and doctoral-level students in education and the social sciences a roadmap to developing and writing an effective literature review for a research project, thesis, or dissertation. Organized around a comprehensive and detailed six-step developmental model, the book provides guided exercises, graphics, charts, and examples from the everyday experiences of researchers. Both novice and experienced graduate students will find invaluable assistance for: Selecting a topic; Searching the literature; Developing arguments; Surveying the literature; Critiquing the literature [and] Writing the literature review."--Publisher's website.


  • Includes bibliographical references (page 159) and index.


  • The literature review process: getting started -- Select a topic -- Search the literature -- Develop the argument -- Survey the literature -- Critique the literature -- Write the review
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