Proposal for a systematized Literature Review
Important aspects you need to consider if undertaking a literature review
These are important aspects that you should consider if you undertaking a literature based study.
This should be concise, but not so brief as to mislead the reader as to the nature of the review. Short, catchy titles are sometimes used, but these should be qualified by a sub-title or second part; e.g. ‘Stool Report: review of the management of constipation.’
(b) Name and title of reviewer
Give your surname and initials in the normal order.
(c) Introduction to the Study
Indicate the global problem, and the specific area chosen for review; say what you are hoping to achieve from your review. Attempt to formulate a specific research question, or a hypothesis if applicable and a set of objectives to explain how the review will answer the research question.
(d) Why this review?
Say why this particular review is to be undertaken, i.e. the researcher’s interest in the subject, or circumstances that have made this particular area available.
(e) Related research
Indicate any existing reviews or other source which may have stimulated your interest in the present topic.
(f) Review methodology
(i) the data bases/search engines that will be used
(ii) the key words/phrases that will be used
(iii) the type of paper/article/text that will be excluded e.g. not in English
(iv) the types of papers/articles/texts that are likely to be included
(v) how you will analyse and synthesise the papers/articles/texts
(vi) ethical considerations.
(g) Time, budget and cost
Time is in short supply; a realistic timetable of events should be prepared well in advance of the review. Please submit a proposed action plan/timetable with your proposal for discussion with your supervisor. Remember that there will be a strict submission deadline.
Think about any financial costs involved because you may have to purchase papers/articles/texts – and you will have to make payments or arrange for their payment, yourself.