Writing a literature review is about developing an understanding of the contextual ecology of your research problem, or question.
The process of writing a literature review can be broken down into several major activities:
- Selecting your topic and developing search terms
- Research - use the library's Discovery Search or use specific databases if you want a smaller, more focused results list. Scan the literature, start to narrow your area of interest down.
- Read, Describe, Analyze and Critique
- Compare and Contrast
- Discover relationships between sources
- Identify major themes and concepts
- Identify gaps and disagreements
- Organizing and managing your sources (this is where Zotero enters the process)
- Write, revise and create final bibliography