|Divide the literature into themes or categories||Distinct themes from the literature are discussed and analyzed||Popular approach because it allows for the integration of theoretical and research literature. Must be sure that themes are clearly related to the literature|
|Present the literature chronologically||Literature is divided into time periods||Useful when examining the development of a topic over time|
|Explore the theoretical and methodological literature||Discussion of theoretical literature followed by an exploration of methodological literature to demonstrate precedence for a particular research design||Useful when the literature on a topic is mostly theoretical with little or no research literature. Can be used to identify a need for more qualitative research|
|Examine the theoretical literature and research literature in two sections||A comprehensive discussion of both theoretical and research literature in two separate sections||May tend to be a description rather than a critical revew|
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