There may be several different possible structures for your review. Making an outline or plan is a good way to experiment with these different structures. Your review could be organised in one of the following ways:
- Your literature review needs to be coherent. Organise your literature into logical categories around the subject/topic areas of your questions.
- Introduction: What is the significance and importance of the review? Provide an overview of the contents of the review.
- Critically analyse the relevant literature: State the content of the literature, the implications of this knowledge, any gaps or deficiencies, any inconsistencies or conflicting viewpoints.
- Conclusion: Draw together the important points and briefly explain how the information answers your original research question. Indicate if more research is needed.
- Avoid plagiarism: understand the guidelines and acknowledge the source of ideas and quotations of other researchers. Refer to Avoiding plagiarism.