Review articles are formatted to summarize current research in a certain area of study and provide prospective on the direction of research within that specific field
Formatting for these articles is often shorter in length than original research articles
•Subheadings for each topic
Step 1 – Define a topic Review article on: “Cardiovascular complications in geriatric population”
Step 2 – Search the literature
•Search for relevant articles in your topic within an online database, such as PubMed, Medline, etc
Articles searching tips: Search in PubMed with the following key words and download related articles for your review:
Search 1: Cardiovascular disease in post menopause.
Search 2: Cardiovascular disease in post menopause and review.
Search 3: Cardiovascular disease in geriatric population.
Search 4: Cardiovascular disease in geriatric population and review.
Search 5: Cardiovascular disease in older adults.
Please use additional key words at your discretion
•Use other review articles within the same field, and the same topic, as a guide
•Look for citations within key research articles and reviews
•Set a goal to find at least 20 current articles for your review
•Keep in mind that not all of these will be included
•Begin to organize articles by topic.
•Articles on a similar subject can be part of a “sub-heading”
•Reviews should have between 3-5 sub-headings of articles related to the main topic
•Sub-headings should be organized in a logical order: chronological, simple to complex, methodology, 1, 2, 3…
Step 3 – Writing the Review
•Use an outline to help organize the flow of the review
•Reviews typically consist of an abstract, introduction, summary of research in the given field, and a final conclusion
•Consider how to convey important goals of the review
•A successful review will discuss the major contributions within a given field, the major areas of debate, and current gaps in the research
•The success of a review article is that it conveys current information in a certain field, thus, being aware of current studies is key