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Literature Review Practice

How Will You Keep Your Notes?

Taking Notes as you read is very important.  Have a consistent method from the beginning that enables you to keep and compare the same information from each article.  Consider using a spreadsheet. You can copy this one or develop your own.


Organizing your review will make writing it much easier.  There are three main ways to organize a review.

  1. Theme
  2. Methodology
  3. Chronologically

You may want to include aspects of all three, but you will generally concentrate on one.  To do this you need to synthesize articles in one area:

For example:

Theme:  ___________________

1st Author:

2nd Author:

3rd Author:

Synthesis of the finding of all three articles: