Taylor and Procter of The University of Toronto have some useful suggested questions to ask yourself at the beginning of your reading: can add other questions of your own to focus the search, for example: What time period am I interested in? Searching electronic databases is probably the quickest way to access a lot of material.
Guidance will be available via your own department or school and via the relevant Information Librarian.
Each department or school has assigned to it a specialist Information Librarian.
You can find the contact details for the Information Librarian for your own area via the Library web pages.
The process of conducting and reporting your literature review can help you clarify your own thoughts about your study.
It can also establish a framework within which to present and analyse the findings.
You need to be able to demonstrate that you are aware of current issues and research, and to show how your research is relevant within a changing context.
Staff and students in your area can be good sources of ideas about where to look for relevant literature.
Just because something is ‘published’ does not mean its quality is assured.
You need to demonstrate to your reader that you are examining your sources with a critical approach, and not just believing them automatically.