Writing an effective literature review is difficult, time consuming and may require many drafts. The first draft should set set the context for your research. Throughout your study you may have to keep up to date with developments in the field and then latterly your final draft will involve you relating your findings to the findings of others and identifying implications for theory, practice and research. As with any piece of writing, structure is crucial.
What will it look like?
Main body of the review
How you structure this may depend on your particular research field.
Some common approaches are:
Throughout the review, tell your own research story and keep your own "voice" - why you are doing the study, the gap your study is going to fill and answer the “so what” question - what will it mean for society? The literature review should read like any other academic research paper.
Lit review Checklist
Selection of literature