When categorizing the writings in the review, the researcher might consider
He might consider such questions as:
Remember that you are relating other studies to your study. How do the studies in your lit. review relate to your thesis? How are the other studies related to each other?
If there are many similar studies, a strategy might be to discuss the
most important ones and say that the results were confirmed in many other studies.
Still, to include only germane studies, the reviewer must usually examine many.
There are numerous ways to organize the material in a literature review. For example, one might organize the selected readings by
Such methods are generally better than organizing chronologically or by author. The latter often result in a boring review or one lacking clarity or direction.
It is common to organize one’s lit. review thematically. For example, one might organize a review on standardized testing in schools according to the following themes or issues:
Standardized Tests in Practice
Critics and Proponents of Standardized Tests