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Literature Reviews

Literature Review Steps

Generally, a literature review will follow certain steps:
Decide on a Topic
Narrow the Topic (e.g., PICOT)
Search for Literature
Appraise the Literature
Data Extraction with Table 
Create a Thematic Table 
Synthesize the Literature According to Main Themes or Topics 
Organize and Plan the Written Review
Write the Literature Review
Check the Literature Review
**These steps are iterative. This means they do not always follow this exact order and the author of a literature review may return to the same step two, three, or more times while working on their review as new information and new insight is found while reviewing the literature.