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A meta-analysis refers to methods focused on contrasting and combining results from different studies, in the hope of identifying patterns among study results, sources of disagreement among those results, or other interesting relationships that may come to light in the context of multiple studies. Can be either either type of result, primarily compares quantitative research studies.
A Review article is an attempt by one or more writers to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the writer searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the “state of the art” as it now stands. Do not confuse this with a “peer-reviewed” article.
Plagiarize: "to steal and pass off (the ideas and words of another) as one's own" or to "present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source."1 The University of Wisconsin takes very seriously this act of "intellectual burglary," and the penalties are severe.
1. Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed. (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1993), 888.
The UW's Writing Center's page on plagiarism and common writing assignments will help you avoid plagiarism by teaching you how to properly integrate information from published sources into your own writing. If it's not your idea or words, cite it!
Fora additional individual help writing a paper, check out http://www.writing.wisc.edu/Individual/index.html
Wikipedia can be a good starting point for an overview of a topic or to get research ideas, but it is NOT considered a reliable or scholarly source!
"Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles."
Don't forget that CINAHL, PsychInfo, and other EBSCOHost databases can show you how to cite for your paper too. Click on the article and then look to the right and you should see multiple options; one is "Cite". It will list the correct citation format for APA, AMA, and others.