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EXER 432 - Research Methods in Exercise Science: Home
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Your Research Assignment
The EXER 432 class will be creating literature reviews of journal articles (and some other sources) related to specific topics. The goal of a literature review is to:
find the best and most important articles related to a given topic, and
synthesize the articles (connect them together) to show how people have studied that topic
What does a good Lit Review look like?
A good lit review covers the major themes and trends in research on the subject, without spending too long on any given article. Get straight to the point. Some examples:
This article on syndesmotic injuries uses the format of a lit review in their "introduction", to set up a specific research question.
Chosen for ease of reading, this article falls more on the social-study side of the exercise science spectrum. Note that it cites a large number of resources to support its claims, but does not discuss each one individually in all cases. You can read the lit review without being familiar with the existing articles.
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