’It gives the reader an excellent step by step insightful guide to doing a literature review.
Title: A Post- graduates Guide to Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care
Author: Helen Aveyard, Sheila Payne, Nancy Preston
Publisher: Open University Press
Reviewer: Elaine Williams
What was it like?
The book systematically and comprehensively guides the reader through various methods to undertake a literature review. The book provides good examples of what type of study a particular literature review would be best suited to. The authors also provide excellent examples that bring to life the particular review they are describing, along with guides to further reading.
The book provides a step by step process to undertaking a literature review from where to start to writing up findings and presenting the literature review.
There are some helpful examples of forms that can be utilised through the literature review.
It also provides an overview of various styles of literature review and the authors suggest further reading to further develop understanding of particular reviews. The authors from chapter 3 begin to help the reader shape and build a credible literature review and analysis ending with chapter 8 describing how to present the literature review and prepare for publication.
The book acts as an excellent starting book to support the reader’s exploration of the most appropriate literature review to undertake. It is systematic, easy to read and well written.
What were the highlights?
Chapter 7 ”How do I analyse and synthesize my literature?” is a particular highlight in this outstanding book providing the reader with examples and flow charts of how to undertake both analysis and synthesis.
Strengths & weaknesses:
It gives the reader an excellent step by step insightful guide to doing a literature review. It is well presented and flows seamlessly from the starting point to writing the literature review. It also has helpful suggestions for further reading to develop the reader’s knowledge. The book gives exactly what it states - “a guide”.
Who should read it?
I think this book is mostly applicable to this readers who are newer to research, but do not want to read a book that has ”an idiots guide to” or ”for dummies” in its title.
a post graduate