1. Have your thesis statement developed.
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 that you need to search within to do a complete literature review.
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: