Before you start - Identifying literature
All educational research requires a thorough review of appropriate literature, by way of contextualising and justifying the intended study. Before you can begin conducting and writing your literature review, you need to ensure that you have systematically identified and sourced a sufficient range of relevant literature; and in doing so, maintain a sufficiently tight control over the boundaries of your search. You also need to ensure that you develop an efficient system for managing, retrieving and referencing the literature that you do use.
Savin-Baden & Howell Major (2013) provide a number of suggestions for how to proceed through each stage of the initial literature search, as summarised in the table below:
|Identifying search paths||
|Limiting search parameters||
|Developing search strings||
|Managing the studies|
Savin-Baden, M. & Howell Major, C. (2013), Chapter 8 – “Literature Review”. In Savin-Baden, M. & Howell Major, C., Qualitative Research. The essential guide to theory and practice. Abingdon: Routledge (pp. 112-129).