Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science
Show Less

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

Edited by Robert Stimson

The chapters in this book provide coverage of the theoretical underpinnings and methodologies that typify research using a Spatially Integrated Social Science (SISS) approach. This insightful Handbook is intended chiefly as a primer for students and budding researchers who wish to investigate social, economic and behavioural phenomena by giving explicit consideration to the roles of space and place. The majority of chapters provide an emphasis on demonstrating applications of methods, tools and techniques that are used in SISS research, including long-established and relatively new approaches.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 13: Meta-analysis of previous empirical research findings

Jacques Poot


As in other fields in the social sciences, the number of applied spatial studies on any given topic has been growing very rapidly in recent decades. This trend is not just the result of an increase in the number of academics and others actively conducting empirical research, but also because of path-breaking changes in computer power and storage, the development of new methodologies and a flood of numbers on all aspects of life. All this research activity has become increasingly accessible through the Internet with electronic publication of working papers, journal articles and, more recently, books as well. Search engines, such as Google Scholar, give the student and researcher instantaneously a list of recent studies on any topic. The scientific impact of each contribution can be readily, albeit imperfectly, gauged by means of the number of ‘hits’ of a web page, downloads of an article, or the number of times a paper has been cited to date. Chapter 5 of this book discussed how a student or researcher can efficiently and effectively extract information from what is often a vast amount of literature on a topic in order to write the literature review. The literature review aims to be an objective assessment of what is known on a particular topic and, more importantly, may suggest what is not known yet. This can be the basis for formulating a new project: either developing new theory, or conducting new empirical analysis, or both.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.