Different projects involve different kinds of literature reviews with different kinds and amounts of work. And, of course, the "end products" vary.
To find literature review articles, see the Finding Examples box below.
Steps - Developing and completing the Literature Review
Find and use models for the product you want to end up with.
** Contact a librarian for ideas on names of journals in your subject area that have review articles.
In planning your review, in addition to finding and analyzing the reviews in dissertations in your field, you might ask yourself questions from other guides such as the following:
What is my central question or issue that the literature can help define?
What is already known about the topic?
Is the scope of the literature being reviewed wide or narrow enough?
Is there a conflict or debate in the literature?
What connections can be made between the texts being reviewed?
What sort of literature should be reviewed? Historical? Theoretical? Methodological? Quantitative? Qualitative?
What criteria should be used to evaluate the literature being reviewed?
How will reviewing the literature justify the topic I plan to investigate?
From: Writing the successful thesis and dissertation: entering the conversation,
by Irene L. Clark