A literature matrix can help you stay organized in reviewing your results and to synthesize your sources. You could set it up in a text document (Word, etc.) or spreadsheet (Excel, etc.).
Sample Literature Review Matrix
Adapted from Powner, L.C. (2015). Empirical research and writing. Routledge.
Reference managers can help you keep track of articles, books, and other sources you might use in your writing, organize, read, and annotate those materials, and automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies.
The literature review is an argument to justify the purpose for and impact of your research on the discipline at large. It establishes your credibility as a researcher in the field and allows the reader to interpret and appreciate the significance of your technical results. The literature review serves as an argument to establish a gap in prior research and establishes the author’s credibility.
Literature review tips:
Useful verbs to introduce sources: shows, notes, identifies, asserts, finds, counters, refutes, agrees, demonstrates, observes, reports.