It should be a critical and analytical summary of the selected literature that guides the readers through the central theme of the research.
Develop relationships that make sense within that framework and organize your review around ideas not tenuous links by researcher or subject or chronology.
Only include the material that you actually read – cutting and pasting someone else’s bibliography will come back to bite you later – especially if you have to do an oral defense and someone asks for your thoughts on a specific article or study.
A poorly executed scientific literature review can destroy a research thesis in four easy steps: It’s not about maximizing the quantity of material reviewed, nor should the objective be to read “everything” about your proposed topic – for some topics that would be a physical impossibility.
Focus on the relevance of the material to your proposed topic, and map out a logical framework for analyzing that material.
These studies are based on a well-defined strategy unlike narrative reviews.
Systematic reviews and narrative reviews are organized slightly differently.
Literature reviews can be categorized as experimental and theoretical.
Experimental literature review basically refers to surveying all the information available on a particular topic and critically analyzing the gaps that need to be worked upon.
Once the sample studies have been shortlisted, they are analyzed in detail.
Results: The results section for these studies involves comprehensive data analysis to determine the significance of the study outcomes.