Priorities in choosing research literature

Research Literature

Creswell's (2017) in his book recommends that researchers make one priority when searching for Literature. What types of literature do you want to include in the literature review? Consider some of the following:

1. If you want to research a particular topic, but don't know how to do it yet, try starting by studying general syntheses from the existing literature. For example, you may search for summaries of literature related to your topic in several encyclopedias (e.g., Aikin, 1992; Keeves, 1988), or you may search for them in journal articles or scientific abstractions (e.g., in the Annual Review of Psychology, 1950).

2. Next, turn to scientific articles published by well-known national/international journals, especially journals that feature Research reports. The authors in such journals usually expose the problems or hypotheses of their research. From here, try to answer the formulation of the problem and the hypothesis. 

There are several journals that you can study in your field, and they are usually published by editorial boards and professional writers from around the United States and the world. On the first pages of this journal, you can see whether there is an editorial board and whether the articles in it are written by individuals from different parts of the world. Start with current issues in those journals and look for research articles related to your topic, and so on. Follow up references at the end of the article to get other sources that support it.

3. After the article, you can search for books related to your topic. Start with research texts that refer to various important literature. Then, consider several books dealing with one topic written by one author or group of authors, or books containing chapters written by different authors.

4. Continue your efforts on top by keeping track of recent seminar papers. Attend national seminars, then get papers submitted by presenters. If not, you can search through the database. In most of the seminars, there is a need. and there are also those who ask the presenters to include their papers in computational databases. It is from this database that you can contact the presenters who have written papers relevant to your topic. Email or call them and ask if they know of any research related to your topic. Also, ask if they have an instrument that might be used or modified for your research.

5. If possible, check the entries in the Dissertation Abstracts (University Microfilms, l938). However, you need to be careful because each dissertation has different qualities, and you need to be selective in choosing these dissertations to be included in the literature review. Searching in Dissertation Abstracts might yield one or two relevant dissertations, and you can request multiple of these dissertations through a librarian or the University of Michigan. Microfilm Library.

6. The Website also provides useful materials for literature review. The ease of access and the ability to post a variety of articles make it more attractive. However, first, study these articles carefully so that you get a really quality article. Note whether these articles reflect the kind of rigid, quality, and systematic research that deserves to be included in your literature review or merely present substandard ideas. 

Online journals, on the other hand, often also include articles that have been carefully vetted by the editorial board. However, you must first find out whether the journals really have a professional editorial board and set standards for accepting incoming manuscripts, or not.

Input journal articles at the top because these kinds of articles are very easy to find and duplicate. The article also often represents research on a particular topic. Dissertations are placed on a lower priority list because dissertations generally have different qualities and are therefore very difficult to find, especially in general dissertations are very difficult to understand the material. In addition, be careful in choosing scientific articles on the website unless the articles come from one of the scientific articles published by a particular journal.

Research Literature Map

In addition to finding literature, researchers also need to organize the literature in such a way as to be presented in a literature review. As explained earlier, this arrangement allows the reader to understand whether the proposed research is simply adding to, duplicating, or expanding on existing research.

An important approach in compiling this literature is to create a literature map. This approach is an idea that I came up with a few years ago, and it turns out to be very helpful for students when they are preparing literature reviews to be presented before the Examining Board, or in presentation papers and scientific articles.

A literature map is a visual summary of the research that others have done. These maps are usually presented in the form of images and can be arranged in various ways. One of them is arranged hierarchically, which presents literature with top-down techniques, which at the very bottom is filled by the proposed research. 

Another structure can be made to resemble a flowchart, where the reader sees the literature review arranged like an overlay (unfolding) that stretches from left to right, with the right side of the last filled by the proposed research. The third Model could circle where each circle reflects one piece of literature and intersecting points of the circles indicate subsequent research. I've seen examples of these three structures, and they all turned out to be effective.

Source

Creswell, J.W. (1999) Mixed method research: Introduction and application. In G.J. Cizek (Ed.). Handbook of educational policy (pp. 455-472). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Creswell, J.W. (2007). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choos¬ing among Five Approaches ( 3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Creswell, J.W. (2008). Educational Research: Ptoming, Conducting and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

Creswell, J.W. & Brown, M.L. (1992, Fall). How chairpersons enhance faculty research: A grounded theory study. The Review of Higher Education, 16(1), 41-62.

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