Yesterday, I gave a quick tip about constructing a narrative for a literature review.
When you have a mountain of literature, though, it can be hard to know where to start.
Of the thousands of available papers, only a few (maybe as few as 5-10) will have had a big impact. By focusing on these groundbreaking papers and understanding;
– What problem they were addressing
– Why the problem needed solving
– How they did the work
– What they discovered or proposed
– Why it was so important and influential
then you can use that as a foundation for understanding all the incremental work that follows (because they are responding to the groundbreaking work).