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ERIC Number: EJ930749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
Literature Reviews
Rhoades, Ellen A.
Volta Review, v111 n1 p61-71 Spr 2011
The primary purpose of a literature review is to assist readers in understanding the whole body of available research on a topic, informing readers on the strengths and weaknesses of studies within that body. It is defined by its guiding concept or topical focus: an account of what was previously published on a specific topic. This prevents reliance on one research study that may not be in accordance with findings from other studies. All practitioners who work with children with hearing loss have a professional obligation to be current in their knowledge base and, as such, to maintain a basic library of information. However, given the multitudinous cross-cultural journals, books, conferences, and electronic sources of information, keeping up with recent developments and research findings can be an impossible, if not daunting, process. Therefore, the value of good literature reviews can never be underestimated. This article discusses the three basic types of literature reviews (narrative, systematic, and meta-analytic reviews) and the process of developing a good literature review. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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