For a new project I want to compile a literature review to determine the state of the art and possible approaches to start with.
Last time I adhered to the following scheme, but it felt very inefficient.
- Search scholar.google with relevant keywords. (3-20 papers)
- Read this first set of papers and look for main publications most of these papers link to.
- Use scholar and webofknowledge to collect all papers, which cite the main publications. (30-200 papers)
- Go through all the papers ordered by assumed importance or newness and note used methods, results, strengths and weaknesses in a spreadsheet till running out of time or motivation.
What system do you have to do literature review and what would you recommend me?
After posting my question I found Am I reading enough of the scientific literature? Should I read for breadth or depth? which talks, as I see it, more about how to read scientific publications.
I am more interested in advice on how to make sure one has found all the important publications and how to prioritize one's reading list. One advice I got some time ago was to start with new publications fist and then to work yourself back in time. Is this a good advice? How do you do it?