Writing a literature review could be exhausting exercise for one’s brain since you have to go through lots of literature in order to find those that will fit in the context of your thesis. First, you need to be very focused, otherwise, you may enter to a labyrinth of research papers, which have little value for your research. It usually takes a lot of time and energy to organize and structure main ideas from these papers. Moreover, it would be difficult to identify essential researchers in the field of your research. Therefore, my advice is to narrow the topic of the research.
I would start the literature review with the definition of the research theme, including some history on the development of the theme. Then, I would describe the main contemporary research issues, which were put forward by prominent researchers. After that I would mainly find arguments that support or contradict my hypothesis of the research.
One of the most important things in finding resources for your research is to use the right keywords related to the research. This will keep your reference list limited. For instance, I am writing a research to study the pedagogy of teaching subjects, such as history or geography in the second language of instruction. Initially, I looked for “language immersion” but after reading piles of research papers on that topic, I realized that what immersion is not what I am looking for. Then, I searched for “second language acquisition”. This search was closer to my topic, however, it still was too broad for my purposes. Finally, I found that “CLIL” pedagogy is what I really need to explore for development of my research.
Some tips for finding literature are to look at the reference list of a research resource that you liked and you can search on the web for literature overviews that are usually provided by some universities on the particular topics.
At the moment, I am writing the methodology part of my thesis. I am struggling with developing a research design since it seems to be the hardest part of my research.