A detailed review of books, articles, dissertations, conference proceedings, and other written material relevant to the subject at hand.
1. As a team, make sure to know beforehand what is the specific thesis, problem, or research question that a literature review may help to define.
2. Organize yourself and others around specific tasks that relate to the specified questions from step (1). Each individual takes on one subject or direction.
3. Each individual identifies the scope of their literature review. What types of publications can you use (e.g., journals, books, government documents, popular media) and what area or discipline should you look into?
4. Each individual summarises their findings in a document, with reference to each source.
5. Organise a team meeting and discuss main findings. Make sure to develop a general summary of this discussion. The other information is not discarded, but archived elsewhere (for possible later reference).
Throughout the whole project, but mostly at the beginning of the project.
It is a solid way to back up assumptions around your concept, building on academic work by others.
Make sure to follow through a set of concepts and questions, comparing items.
A research document which holds relevant and in-depth information about the problem at hand.
Test literature findings in your project context if necessary.
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