The best way to approach your literature review is to break it down into steps. Remember, research is an iterative process, not a linear one. You will revisit steps and revise along the way. Get started with the handout below that provides an excellent overview. Then move on to the specific steps recommended on this page.
Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Your next step is to construct a search strategy and then locate & retrieve articles.
Review articles (secondary sources)
Use to identify literature on your topic, the way you would use a bibliography. Then locate and retrieve the original studies discussed in the review article. Review articles are considered secondary sources.
The next step is to read, review, and understand the articles.
2. Synthesize. (see handout below)
Regis Online students have access to Smarthinking. Smarthinking is an online tutoring service available through a link in Moodle. Within the section Study Aids is a chapter on Writing a Literature Review (Lesson 17).