I have been currently conducting a systematic review. I used the classification framework approach, and I organized the articles in my field into three main categories (e.g. A, B, C). However, I am struggling to properly analyze the findings by summarizing the main ideas instead of separately/individually analyzing each article.

Can you give me some practical advice on how to better group the ideas? I tried with a systematic matrix.

closed as unclear what you're asking by louic, user3209815, J-Kun, Buzz, Enthusiastic Engineer Jun 24 '18 at 19:04

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 1
    Welcome to Academia SE. I removed all but one question from your question since this format works better with one question per question. Feel free to ask the other questions separately, but I strongly suggest to get a bit familiar with the site before doing so. In particular you can take the tour. – Wrzlprmft Jun 20 '18 at 20:19

Please excuse me for recommending my own work, but I've done quite a bit of work to address the problem: "I need to do a literature review. How do I organize it in a way that is useful to myself and to my readers?"

Actually, I answered a somewhat similar question before; I'm adapting my answer from there for you here. In brief, I recommend adopting a theory-extracting approach. That means to explicitly look for theory in the source articles and then to synthesize the theory as the contribution of the review. What I mean by "theory" is very simply "A is related to B". This is distinct from literature reviews that simply summarize what people have said about A; that is not theory. Theory is about explaining how and why phenomenon A is related to phenomenon B. In my academic field (information systems), I have found that this focus on theory is the most useful thing that can be done with literature reviews (in terms of citations by other researchers). Although my literature review approach focuses on social sciences, I believe it would be relevant in a case like yours.

I have two main relevant articles to recommend:

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.