Watch this video to get an overview of what goes into a literature review, and to compose your own.
Using a synthesis matrix can help you keep track of ideas and themes that emerge in research for your literature review. Below is a synthesis matrix created by the Writing and Speaking Tutorial Services at North Carolina State University.
"A powerful strategy good researchers use to find information for their literature reviews is known as 'pearl growing' or citation mining.
Based on the idea that sand forms grain by grain into a pearl, so a literature review develops citation by citation.
Pearl growing/citation mining is a process of looking for information that can work backwards or forwards:
(From "'Pearl Growing' or Citation Mining," VIU Libraries.)