Literature Review Requirements
Front page – includes your title, supervisor name, your name, date and a declaration stating this is your own work. The front cover sheet will be on Moodle by next week.
Abstract – this is written last as it is a summary of your entire review. In the abstract you highlight the key areas for consideration from your reading and suggest where future research needs to develop or advance the topic of your dissertation
Acknowledgements – if you wish to acknowledge anyone who supported your learning you can
Introduction – in this section you introduce the literature review by answering the following question: Why is your topic important? What value will your review bring to the current body of research on the topic? REMEMBER – you write in third person and avoid description – you need to develop literature arguments to support the importance of your work.
Methodology – this section outlines the process you used to source, review, and integrate research into the review – focus on key search words you used, databases, inclusion and exclusion criteria e.g. only Journals from 2017-2020 or only UK based journals. You may wish to mention that you only sourced articles with the following in their title – combat sports, male, competitive, mental health etc…
Literature review often called FINDINGS – this section is the main review phase. Use sub-headings to organise the review. For example, gender or culture may be relevant in analysing current work on the topic. In this section, you must develop arguments and refrain from describing articles, you are not writing an essay. You could use sub headings such as 1. Gender, 1.1 Males, 1.1.2 females etc…These are examples. Look at the Manchester phrasebank to help you develop your writing
Discussion/conclusion – discuss the key themes in the literature acknowledging limitations and areas for development
Conclusion – signpost or direct future research to better addressing the topic – in other words what should future research do to address the topic from a methodological perspective.
USEFUL article to structure a review article:
Thompson Coon, J., Boddy, K., Stein, K., Whear, R., Barton, J., & Depledge, M. H. (2011). Does participating in physical activity in outdoor natural environments have a greater effect on physical and mental wellbeing than physical activity indoors? A systematic review. Environmental science & technology, 45(5), 1761-1772.
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