A literature review I am currently working on, for example, explores barriers to higher education for undocumented students.
Step Two: Search for the literature: Conduct a comprehensive bibliographic search of books and articles in your area.
Read the abstracts online and download and/or print those articles that pertain to your area of research.
Find books in the library that are relevant and check them out.
The mere fact of having a system can make the literature review seem much less daunting, so I recommend this system for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the prospect of writing a literature review.
*Destination Dissertation: A Traveler's Guide to a Done Dissertation Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California // Tanya Golash-Boza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced, and author of the blog, Get a Life, Ph D.
Step Six: Begin to Write Your Literature Review: Choose any section of your conceptual schema to begin with.
You can begin anywhere, because you already know the order.
Writing a literature review is often the most daunting part of writing an article, book, thesis, or dissertation. I have found it helpful to be as systematic as possible when completing this gargantuan task.
Sonja Foss and William Walters* describe an efficient and effective way of writing a literature review.