This is a step-by-step guide to doing a literature review for students in all areas of health and social care. It is vital reading for all those doing their undergraduate dissertation or any study that involves doing a literature review. This book provides a practical guide to doing a literature review from start to finish.
This step-by-step guide takes the reader logically through the process of undertaking a literature review, from determining when this methodology might be useful, through to publishing the findings. It is designed for students undertaking a dissertation using literature review methodology and practitioners who wish to review the existing evidence in order to develop practice.
Part one of two. This article focuses on database searching and suggests ten steps that will help you to undertake a successful search. It covers the search process from identifying key concepts to choosing databases and saving the results.
Part two of two. This article looks at how you can enhance your search by going beyond journal databases to using search engines, websites and grey literature sources. Ways to evaluate the resources you find, the use of critical appraisal tools and factors to consider when presenting your results are also discussed.