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Conducting a Meta-Analysis
Conducting a meta-analysis
HarrisCooperJorgianne Civey RobinsonNancyDorr

Literature reviews typically serve to summarize results of past studies, suggest potential reasons for inconsistencies in past research findings, and direct future investigations. There are two ways a review of a literature can be conducted: in the traditional narrative manner or by meta-analysis. The traditional narrative reviewer identifies articles relevant to the topic of interest, examines the results of each article to see whether the hypothesis was supported, and provides overall conclusions. Conclusions are typically left up to the individual reviewer. Traditional narrative reviews have been criticized because they easily allow the reviewer's biases to enter into the conclusions and because information in the original studies can be discarded unconsciously or inconsistently.

A meta-analysis has the same goals as ...

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