1. Have your thesis statement developed. This can be a problem which you have identified and be in a statement or form of a question
2. Brainstorm the concepts and ideas that you are going to use to search for your literature related to your topic.
3. Determine the subjects/ topic areas (public administration, environmental sciences, health, education, etc) that you need to search within to do a complete literature review.
4. Also consider what literature other then journal articles will be necessary to do a comprehensive review. This might include:
As you get deeper into your research, this will save you time by allowing you see patterns and prevents you from backtracking.
Sometimes, during a strong literature review may involve multiple read throughs of the literature: