The Managing the Literature phase involves managing information in the review process. The first stage, Recording Information, concerns collecting, compiling and documenting citation information. The second stage, Evaluating Information, entails the process of reading and evaluating the individual research papers to determine whether an individual research paper is appropriate for inclusion into the literature review.
Recording Information. When the reviewer finds a potential literature resource for incorporation into the review, they need a process to record the citation information for further reference. Capturing information such as title of article, author, date of publication, serial data and publisher, are essential for gaining access to full text of the research paper. You have two options: Record the information using print methods, or recording the information using citation management applications.
Evaluating information: After exploring the literature, you should have compiled a significant cache of literature resources. The next stage encompasses the selection of articles that fit the narrative of your literature review.
To assess sources, the reviewer needs a set of criteria for evaluating each research article for possible inclusion into the review. The following parameters may serve as a checklist for the evaluation of each article:
If the article evaluated has the majority of the criteria listed above, then it may be a good candidate for inclusion into the review.