Whether your literature review will be part of a research paper or a stand-alone project, you will need to determine what the scope of your project will be.
- How current does the research for your project need to be?
- Research for the sciences is always changing and quickly becomes obsolete.
- For the humanities and social sciences a summary of older literature is often used to assess changes in perspectives.
- How detailed or comprehensive will your project be?
- A project can take all or part of the research regarding your topic into account.
- In which ways will you examine the research pertaining to your project?
- You can focus on different types of research such as qualitative or quantitative studies, or by considering the methodological approaches used in past works.
- How will you organize your project?
- Chronologically - Organizing materials in the order they were published. This method is useful if it can demonstrate a progression of ideas.
- Thematically - Structured around a common theme found in the literature.
Literature Reviews (2014) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/literature-reviews/