One way to conceive of a literature review is to think about writing it as you would build a bookshelf.
You don’t need to cut each piece by yourself from scratch.
The following are some of the most important elements that a literature provides.
Literature reviews can differ in structure, length, and amount and breadth of content included.
At the end of the review is a conclusion that once again explicitly ties all of these works together to show how this analysis is itself a contribution to the literature.
So how do authors turn a network of articles into a coherent review of relevant literature?
The literature review published as its own article presents and analyzes as many of the important texts in an area of study as possible to provide background information and context for a current area of research or a study.
Stand-alone reviews are an excellent resource for researchers when they are first searching for the most relevant information on an area of study.
It is not usually a linear process—authors often to go back and check the literature while reformulating their ideas.
This also means you will not be writing the literature review at any one time, but constantly working on it before, during, and after your study is complete.