This section lays out the basic steps involved in conducting and writing a literature review. For more discipline specific guidelines consult the books and website links provided in the final section of this guide.
1. Frame the question and establish the problem and purpose of the literature review
2. Locate the "literature" and identify relevant works
3. Read and take notes on each article. Develop an annotated bibliography summarizing the key points of each article.
4. Read again, this time critically evaluate each article noting:
5. Interpret, integrate, and synthesize the body of literature under review.
The basic structure of a literature review consists of: