Think carefully about the type of literature that is likely to be most useful to you.
Once you know what you are looking for, you can start to think about how to search for it! Most academic libraries offer drop in sessions for dissertation students.
This is because some key articles might be missed through electronic searching due to the way the paper is indexed.
Look at the abstracts of the articles you come across.
Work out what literature you need to answer your question.
Not everything relating to your question will be relevant and some information will be more relevant than others… Most questions need to be answered using primary research.It is usually possible to identify from the abstract whether the paper is useful for your review.Start getting hold of the articles that seem relevant.Significantly more will mean that you are not able to refer to the articles in sufficient detail and too few will not give you enough data to write your review. If needs be, refine your review question to fit the articles that you have. The next step is to consider the quality of the articles you have.If you have too many articles, try limiting the focus of your question somehow. You might have a paper that is directly relevant to your research question but if the quality of the paper is poor it may not help you as much as you think.It is generally a good idea to use a critical appraisal tool that is specific to the research design of your given paper.This might mean that you need to use a few different critical appraisal tools if your literature review question requires you to access a wide range of literature. Using the critical appraisal tool, consider the strengths and limitations of the literature you have identified and consider how much impact each paper has in addressing your research question.Collect together all the articles that address your research question.At undergraduate level, if you have around 10 articles, then this is ideal.Now consider which databases you will search through.Go to your academic library website and read through the descriptions of each database and what each holds and select those databases that seem most relevant to your topic. Remember to familiarise yourself with the basic functions of the database you are using, remembering that each database is slightly different from another.