Meta-analysis: recent developments in quantitative methods for literature reviews.

@article{Rosenthal2001MetaanalysisRD,
  title={Meta-analysis: recent developments in quantitative methods for literature reviews.},
  author={Robert Rosenthal and Maryanne R. Dimatteo},
  journal={Annual review of psychology},
  year={2001},
  volume={52},
  pages={
          59-82
        }
}
We describe the history and current status of the meta-analytic enterprise. The advantages and historical criticisms of meta-analysis are described, as are the basic steps in a meta-analysis and the role of effect sizes as chief coins of the meta-analytic realm. Advantages of the meta-analytic procedures include seeing the "landscape" of a research domain, keeping statistical significance in perspective, minimizing wasted data, becoming intimate with the data summarized, asking focused research… 

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