Research methods assignment for PhD students
Writing a review article (4000-5000 words) about an important, relevant topic in your specialty.
Elements of a review article
Background and importance of the topic, justification for the review, the aim and objectives of the article.
3. Methods and material:
The methods and material should include information about:
Search terms and search strategies.
Selection criteria of the articles (inclusion/exclusion criteria).
The number of studies screened and the number of studies included.
4. Main body of the paper:
The literature review will make the main body of the paper.
Should have the main headings and subheadings for the subtopics.
Review the important updated literature about your topic.
Summarize the contents of these articles.
Discuss and compare the finding of these articles.
Frequently link the discussed research findings to the research question stated in the introduction.
A coherent structuring of the topic is necessary to develop the section structure. Subheadings reflect the organization of the topic and indicate the content of the various sections.
Cover one idea, aspect or topic per paragraph.
Avoid referring to only one study per paragraph; consider several studies per paragraph instead.
A good conclusion should illustrate the key connection between your major points and your topics.
Answer the research question set in the introduction.
Interpretations of the findings.
Identification of unresolved questions.
Recommendation for further studies to be done in the area not covered by the reviewed articles.
Should be written in Harvard style.
All sources of information must be cited- avoid plagiarism.
Reference style should be uniform.
Formatting should be consistent.
Cite relevant and current literatures.
All cited authors in the text should be in the reference list.
All listed references must have been cited in the text.
There are some general considerations, and as follows:
• The font type is “Times New Roman” and the font size is 12, with no use of italic or bold letters unless indicated.
• The distance between lines should be 1.5 spaces.
• White papers A4 (297 X 210 mm) are used and printing should be on one side of the paper.
• Title of the report, written in bold letters (size 26).
• A project report submitted to the department.
• Name of the student written under the title.
• The date, month and the year of submission of the study to the department.
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